Architect praises landscape’s role

Leading architect takes a swipe at his industry's position.

Architects who look down on landscape designers were in for a shock last week when one of their finest turned on their chartered institute. Leading architect Sir Terry Farrell told the Landscape Institute (LI) that the higher-profile professional status enjoyed by his colleagues was not all it’s cracked up to be. Farrell was prompted to speak after chats with LI director general Marion Bowman on what it meant to belonging to a professional group or institute. He told the LI gathering at his office he would “not promote the model of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at all”. The former RIBA vice-president said he found his stint “tedious and procedural”, while architecture was going through a “look-at-me” phase. He also said public realm had no “sponsors or investors”. He added: “The space between the buildings in the eyes of most people is more important than the buildings. Global warming and green issues have raised landscape’s profile. It’s now seen as one way to save the world. This puts landscape right at the centre.” Farrell’s talk was released last week by the LI as a podcast.

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