Me & My Job - Mike Cox, landscape architect, Applied Landscape Design

Mike Cox, landscape architect, Applied Landscape Design
Mike Cox, landscape architect, Applied Landscape Design

- How did you get started?

Fred Dibnah, or one of his lads, brought down a redundant brick factory chimney behind our house. The quarry was reclaimed as a park. The environmental transformation of this redundant eyesore became a lifetime inspiration. I joined a golf design practice in the late 1980s and then ran my own practice for six years before returning to the day job in 2004.

- What advice would you give others starting out?

It is important to get day-to-day job satisfaction but remain flexible and receptive to new challenges in order to find your niche.

- What does your typical day involve?

At present, a typical day might see me come in to the office early to brief the team, collect drawing materials or clear emails before travelling to Marylebone to take part in design development progress meetings in Kings Cross.

- What is the best part of your job?

The construction phase of parks and golf courses has been very rewarding. At handover, there is nothing to match walking around the tangible evidence of everyone's endeavour.

- And the worst?

Repetitive long motorway journeys.

-What piece of kit could you not do without?

A dumpy level and camera.

- What is your greatest achievement?

On a professional level, every time you win a tender or achieve a successful planning application.

- How do you relax?

Living in Woodstock, I regularly walk through Lancelot Brown's masterpiece, Blenheim Park, and reflect on the molehills that cover what was the football pitch on which I used to play. Now I prefer the sporting challenge of the golf course.

- What does the future hold?

Director Kym Jones has built on a deserved reputation for detailed design quality and won a significant amount of public realm work. It was the promise of this high-profile public open space design work that convinced me to join.


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