News & Events: Looking forward

FOLAR's Past, Present & Future series of symposia continue in 2019 with a symposium on Children & Play. Date/Details to be finalised but will be held in Spring 2019

2029 The Centenary of the Institute of Landscape Architects (now Landscape Institute)

The BIG event we are looking forward to is the Centenary of the Landscape Institute in 2029. It may be still over 10 years away but these year long celebrations require lots of thinking and planning to be successful. FOLAR intends to do all we can to help both the LI and MERL prepare for this significant moment in the landscape profession's history including building a history of the landscape (architecture) profession in the UK

Past FOLAR Events (2018)


WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
FOLAR AGM & Talk at School of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich
5 ways to interrogate, be inspired and learn from the landscape architecture drawings at MERL, University of Reading
Chair of Talk: Tony Edwards, FLI, landscape architect, Director of Place Design & Planning
Speakers: Guy Baxter, Associate Director (Archive Services), University of Reading, MERL; Marylla Hunt, landscape architect;Oliver Rock landscape architect, Senior Associate HTA; Colin Moore landscape architect; Karen Fitzsimon, landscape architect, horticulturalist and landscape historian.

SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018
2018 FOLAR Annual Symposium at MERL, University of Reading
British Agricultural Landscapes: past, present & post-BREXIT
Chair of Symposium: Merrick Denton-Thompson, FLI, President, Landscape Institute
Speakers: Prof. Adrian Phillips; Dr. Simon Mortimer, University of Reading; Paul Tiplady, FLI Craggatak Consulting; Kate Ahern, CMLI, Head of Landscape Planning, LUC; Duncan MacKay, Natural England; Dr. Andrew Clark, NFU Director of Policy.


Past FOLAR Events (2014-2017)

2017 FOLAR AGM/ Annual Seminar at MERL, University of Reading
Landscape Architecture & Management Education in the UK: past present and future
SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017
2016 FOLAR AGM/Study Session
New Towns, Landscape & Gordon Patterson - Celebrating mid 20C Design
SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016
2015 FOLAR AGM/Talks
Brenda Colvin and the Colvin & Moggridge practice; Archival issues relating to the Brenda Colvin Collection
SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015
2014 FOLAR Inaugural Meeting
SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2014

Archived FOLAR Events

March 2016

Half day study session on' New Towns, Landscape & Gordon Patterson - Celebrating mid 20th C design'. Sadly, Gordon Patterson was unable to join FOLAR but otherwise the event was a huge success. There was a good turn out members and judging by the number of congratulatory emails that have come in since, the day was enjoyed by all.

Programme: Chair: Robert Holden 14.00 Landscape planning for London and the New Towns in the 1940s. Tom Turner,landscape architect & garden historian; 14.40 Housing, Traffic and Landscape – detailed urban planning in the New Towns. Elain Harwood, senior architectural advisor, Heritage England;15.10 Stevenage New Town & landscape architecture. GP's written answers delivered by Annabel Downs; 15.40 Landscape without boundaries Oliver Rock, HTA Design;16.10 New Town material from MERL's collections. Caroline Gould, deputy university archivist, University of Reading; 16.40 General Discussion; 17.00 Event close

October 2015

MERL and the Landscape Institute came together to organise a joint conference this year, combining the annual MERL lecture with the LI's Jellicoe lecture. Landscape architect, James Corner, best known for his work on the High Line in New York, gave the lecture. A full account of the day can be found on the MERL blog 'Our Country Lives'/Discovering the Landscape #20

March 2015

Talk on Brenda Colvin and her collection at MERL by Hal Moggridge, PPLI andCaroline Gould, Deputy University Archivist, University of Reading