About the LI

The gardens at Royal Stoke Hospital by Colour Urban Design Ltd, winner of the Design for a Large-Scale Development Award at the LI Awards 2016. Image: Kristen McCluskie Photography

The Artas-ua.info Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice.

The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

The LI provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.

Find out more about , and the benefits of joining.

Supporting landscape practitioners

The landscape profession is as diverse and dynamic as the landscapes they work on, but our focus stays the same: to support and represent all landscape practitioners.

We support our members through advocacy programmes, events and numerous networking activities, many of which are organised through our branches across the UK.

Our professional development programme helps our members achieve the highest standards in landscape practice. Chartered membership of the Artas-ua.info Institute (CMLI) is only awarded to those who reach the highest standards in landscape education and practice.

CMLI is a mark of excellence that tells prospective clients and employers that a landscape practitioner is the best in their field.

Representing landscape professionals

We work with governments to ensure the voice of landscape professionals is heard on a range of policy issues.

We represent landscape professionals and want landscape to be at the top of the agenda when national and devolved governments are developing initiatives and strategies. We are the voice of the profession on topics such as housing, flooding, public health, sustainability, farming and much more.

Promoting landscape practice

We champion the great work done by landscape practitioners through the press, broadcast and digital media along with our events and exhibitions.

Our case studies library is a collection of contemporary landscape projects ranging from global-scale projects like Olympic parks through to neighbourhood schemes.

The LI Awards

One of the biggest events in the landscape industry is our annual awards, which celebrate the scale and scope of UK and international landscape practice.

Protecting the natural and built environment

As an educational charity, we support current thinking and actions that promote the use of landscape for the benefit of the public. For instance, we welcome initiatives that promote public health, sustainability, and tackle climate change.

But our focus stays the same: to conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

We support landscape practice that creates thriving communities through the design and management of inspirational places. The skills of landscape practitioners, across environmental, planning, management and design, can enhance the quality of human life.

For instance, the work of our members can reduce air and noise pollution, increase the profitability and sustainability of places – and lead to more relaxing and healthier spaces to enjoy.

The LI Library and archive

The LI’s library and archive collection includes the drawings and professional papers of leading landscape practitioners such as urban designer Michael Brown, Syliva Crowe and Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe. The collection also houses sketches, drawings and illustrations by artist and landscape architect Peter Shepheard.

Housed at the (MERL) at the University of Reading, the archive collection is being digitised and catalogued.

Please MERL with any queries about the collection by email: .

The Capability Brown Festival

The LI was proud to manage the festival celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 2016. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the LI and its partners, including Historic England, Visit Britain and the National Trust, ran a series of UK-wide events and audience development projects marking the year-long tercentennial.

Read more: successful festival puts Capability Brown firmly on the map.

The first ever national celebration of historic landscapes, the festival resulted in a remarkably increased interest in Brown and his work, marking 2016 as the beginning of a renewed public interest and understanding of historical landscapes.

The LI is continuing to manage the festival website, , as both a record of the festival’s legacy and a rich repository of information on over 100 Capability Brown landscapes.