Posted Friday 16 March 2012
Whether it's the granite tors of Dartmoor, the meandering course cut by the River Rhine across Europe or the streets and parks of London, locations of all descriptions have inspired the work of Kingston University's new course director for landscape architecture, Alice Foxley.
Ms Foxley has joined the university after eight years at the internationally-renowned Swiss practice Vogt Landscape, where she received her practical training. Made head of research and development at Vogt in 2010, she wrote the practice's award-winning monograph Distance and Engagement: Walking, Thinking and Making Landscape. The text describes the processes behind her key research projects with Vogt, including designs for pharmaceutical giant Novartis's Campus Park in Basel, Switzerland, and for London's Tate Modern and Parliament Square.
Having recently established a new landscape practice in Basel, Ms Foxley is looking forward to combining her professional and academic roles. "To make good landscape architecture it's important to be in touch with the outside world," Ms Foxley explained. "That's not something that can be done on a computer. Walking, thinking and making is a process that takes us into the physical domain of human experience so there will be a strong emphasis on field trips, site experience, workshops and model making as well as a broad cultural education."
Head of the School of Architecture Daniel Rosbottom said Ms Foxley's appointment heralded an exciting new direction for landscape architecture at Kingston University. "Alice is both a landscape architect and an architect, who trained originally as a student of Adam Caruso and Peter St John and subsequently completed her internship with Herzog and de Meuron," he said.
This invaluable industry experience would place Kingston University in a perfect position to re-evaluate the relationship of its landscape course with both architecture and interior design, Mr Rosbottom added. "We plan to establish our school as one which, uniquely for the United Kingdom, is able to offer spatial and environmental design at all scales and with a real sense of common purpose," he said.