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Upon graduating from the Landscape and Regional Planning pathway of the five-year long MSc Landscape Architecture programme in Budapest in 1994, I have embarked on a long route to my PhD in Landscape History, first enjoying a three-year long studentship but later choosing to be distracted by various other endeavours to finally earn my doctorate in 2001. Meanwhile I have earned a Master's degree in the Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings and consequently set up my own Landscape Heritage consultancy to produce Heritage Assessments, Conservation Management Plans and other heritage-related documentations on historic landscapes and listed monuments.
I have returned to academia in 1999 and stayed there ever since. Finishing a rather long tenure at Corvinus University of Budapest, I left as Professor of Landscape History and Conservation and Head of the Department of Garden Art. After enjoying research fellowships at various academic institutions (Institute of Historical Research, London; UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London; Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Washington DC), I started teaching Landscape Architecture in the UK in 2015, first as an Associate Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, later as Course Scheme Manager of the undergraduate Landscape Architecture and Garden Design programmes at Writtle University College in Essex. I am now Course Leader of Kingston University's postgraduate Landscape courses.
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Landscape Architecture
I have been teaching at all levels of Higher Education, having supervised six successful PhD dissertations and over 30 Master's dissertations. I have been developing and teaching both studio and lecture modules for Landscape Architecture as well as for Architecture and Horticulture students at a number of higher education providers in the UK and elsewhere. In my earlier academic positions my responsibilities included the development of a Landscape and Garden History and Conservation pathway curriculum within an integrated MSc Landscape Architecture course, as well as a complete revision and revalidation of an undergraduate course scheme in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design.
I have started my professional career as a landscape designer and planner, producing a wide range of works in different scales and magnitude, but my main focus has always been the conservation of historically sensitive environments, most notably historic designed landscapes. I have achieved Chartered Landscape Architect status in the EU, which is recognised by the Landscape Institute to be equivalent with the CMLI status. At present I hold Academic Membership in the Landscape Institute that is the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body of landscape architecture in the UK.
My expertise in Landscape History has been internationally recognised by my appointment to Advisory Membership in the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes, an advisory panel of the World Heritage Centre.