Jo Watkins used the Landscape Institute Awards ceremony to highlight the difference of this year’s entries compared to boom-time design with its grand landscapes.
He said: "It is often in these straitened times that the benefits of careful intervention in landscape become more relevant. Frugal innovation moves up the agenda."
More than a dozen category winners and commended designs received recognition, as well as the student winners of the Future Vision awards.
Nicholas Pearson Associates won the heritage and conservation gong for Arnos Vale Cemetery restoration in Bristol.
Remapp won the design under 1ha category for Duncan Terrace Gardens, London. AECOM scooped first for design up to 5ha for Pier Head in Liverpool and Randall Thorpe won the design over 5ha award for Cambourne Green Infrastructure.
Best landscape policy and the president’s award for best of the best went to Landscape Partnership for the Cambridge SuDS Design Guide. Chris Blanford Associates was praised for its MKSM Green Infrastructure Design Guide.