Join us on 6-7 September for two days of debate, discussion, bold thinking and creative ideas led by a world-class roster of UK and international speakers.

The greatest value of landscape is the way in which it connects people, place and nature. The LI, in partnership with IFLA Europe and the University of Greenwich Department of, is holding its 2018 conference on this crucial theme.

Day one of the conference – 6 September – is a day of high-level debate for leaders and practitioners in the fields of landscape architecture, digital, design, future trends and the topic of ‘valuing landscape’, looking at the impact on people, urban design and place making:

  • Valuing the intangible: Frameworks for measuring the cultural, economic and societal benefits of landscape
  • Wellbeing: How landscape infrastructure can reduce health inequality and improve lives
  • Urban value and competitiveness: Local-level transformation, sustainable management and integrated approaches that ensure strong outcomes
  • Innovation: Funding, partnerships and new ways of connecting stakeholders with landscape
  • Leadership: Who we need, what we should do differently, and how we evolve to meet future needs

Day two focuses on policy, planning and management, explored through a packed itinerary of workshops and experiential site visits. It is ideal for landscape managers, planners and public sector members, who will:

  • hear about the latest in UK and EU environmental policy
  • explore opportunities and implications for the profession following Brexit
  • examine how the combined skills of science and management can unlock the value of protected natural spaces
  • visit major regeneration sites in Greenwich and at Thamesmead, where host Peabody Trust is delivering a multi-billion pound, landscape-led development of 20,000 homes

Why you should attend

On 6 and 7 September, some of the world’s foremost thinkers and speakers in the fields of landscape architecture, management and policy, planning, urban design and place making will be under one roof. #VLConf18 is the major networking, learning and knowledge sharing landscape event of the year.

  • Identify how landscape interventions can deliver the greatest possible good for people, place and nature
  • Voice the demands we must make of governments and policymakers worldwide
  • Ask the questions – and deliver the answers – that put landscape at the forefront of positive global change
  • Inform emergent environmental and planning policy across the world

Meet the speakers

Highlights include:

  • Laura Gatti, co-designer of Milan’s Bosco Verticale
  • John Acres, President, RTPI
  • Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council
  • Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability, RICS Brussels
  • Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission, Canada
  • Howard Davies, CEO, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Professor Antje Stokman, HafenCity University, Hamburg
  • Dr Antonella Radicchi, Architect and Soundscape Researcher, Technical University of Berlin
  • Tony Williams, President, IFLA Europe
  • Miriam Weber, Senior Advisor, Health Urban Living and Resilience, Utrecht, Netherlands

The conference chairs are:

  • On day 1: Samira Ahmed, BBC journalist and broadcaster
  • On day 2: Ed Wall, Academic Lead in Architecture at the Department of Architecture and, University of Greenwich


Thursday 6 September

The changing role of value

With society’s needs, values and habits shifting, it is vital that landscape responds. Hear about:

  • Key future trends and challenges the profession faces
  • How external influences will affect the value society attributes to place
  • Places inspired by human experience, social action and sharing economies

Jan Christian, CEO, Vestre

Panel: Understanding the needs of future generations

Join the crucial debate about how landscape meets the needs of generations to come. Discuss:

  • The connection of the environment, productivity and housing need in future placemaking
  • The social, economic, educational and technological changes that will transform our lives
  • New skills needed for the future
  • Engagement – why it is important and how it can be effective

Jan Christian, CEO, Vestre
Daniel Cook
, CEO, Institute
Professor David McGuire
, Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich
Wei Yang, Founder, Wei Yang Partners and Vice Chair, RTPI International Committee

Perspectives on value

Hear from leaders in design, infrastructure and conservation about how their sectors have tackled the challenges of valuing intangible assets and benefits.

  • New frameworks and methods of evaluation
  • Understanding cultural, social and economic value
  • Accounting for and demonstrating the value of the intangible
  • Alternate viewpoints

Karen Ellis, Director of Science and Policy, WWF UK
Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability, RICS Brussels
Professor Ian Hodge, Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council

Case study (Ottawa): How natural capital accounting is vital for urban growth

A practical example of how natural capital accounting has helped an urban area thrive.

  • Demonstration of natural capital stocks and flows
  • Adding value to urban areas through risk assessment and accounting
  • How do we make natural capital accounting work for the landscape profession?

Mark Kristmanson, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, Canada

Panel: Unlocking the intangible - what should we measure?

A series of presentations and interactive panel debate. Raise and discuss such issues as:

  • Should we value all, part or none of the landscape?
  • How do we measure intangible assets?
  • Is brand important to cities and their design?

Karen Ellis, Director of Science and Policy, WWF UK
Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability, RICS Brussels
Professor Ian Hodge, Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Mark Kristmanson, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, Canada
Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council

Keynote: Creating value for people - wellbeing and green infrastructure

John Lewis, Executive Director, Peabody

Panel: Maintaining value for people - environment and community

Find out how landscape and placemaking can make a deeper, lasting impact on communities.

  • Hear how environmental value improves quality of life and reduces health inequality
  • See examples of success – and what policymakers should learn from them
  • Ask: what is the value of landscape for an ageing population?

Jenette Emery-Wallis, Director, Architecture, LUC
Alison King, Principal Architect, LUC
Helen Noble, CEO, Pennine Prospects
Miriam Weber, Senior Advisor, Health Urban Living and Resilience, Utrecht, Netherlands

Panel: Fostering competition and value - lessons from placemakers

How landscape and place management address issues of urban value and competitiveness. Hear about:

  • Place management and its long-term sustainability
  • New ways of connecting stakeholders with landscape
  • Partnerships and innovation for funding
  • An integrated skills policy that supports stronger outcomes for local-level transformation

Professor Ares Kalandides, Senior Fellow and Director of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
Simon Quin, Director and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University
Gill Steward, CEO, London Borough of Bexley Council

Reflections - creating a new kind of value

How local-level transformation provides opportunities for bold leadership, inspiration and influence.

  • What is the added value in leadership?
  • Attracting leaders: who and what is needed?
  • How can we evolve to meet future needs?

Suzanne O’Connell, Architect, The Decorators
Dr Antonella Radicchi, Architect and Soundscape Researcher, Technical University of Berlin
Professor Antje Stokman, Architecture and, HafenCity University, Hamburg

Post-conference networking - Nordic Life in Urban Spaces

After hosting the well-received evening event at the LI’s 2017 conference, as Infrastructure, conference sponsor Vestre invites landscape architects, architects, urban designers, planners, leaders, placemakers, developers, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the built environment to an evening of inspiration.

Meet Ashley Conn, the man behind Parklets 2.0 – the disruptive initiative that is replacing car parking in the Nordic cityscape – and the lead architect of the transformation of one of Oslo’s most interesting outdoor public spaces, Aker Brygge. Enjoy a mini-concert with up-and-coming Norwegian artist Hanne Mjøen. Food in drinks are available to everyone.

The event is free, but spaces are limited.

Friday 7 September

Day 2 is split into two halves, each with three separate strands. Across the day, delegates delegates will enjoy further keynotes and panel sessions, take part in interactive policy workshops, or attend their choice of experiential site visits in key locations in East and South East London.

It is possible mix and match between the morning and afternoon itineraries. But be aware, spaces on site visits are limited – so book early to avoid disappointment!

Site visits

A series of site visits will take place throughout the day. Delegates will have the opportunity to travel to the Thamesmead district (hosted by Peabody), and other prestigious London sites.


Join conference sponsor Peabody at the remarkable site for one of Europe’s biggest regeneration projects. Peabody’s £1 billion redevelopment of the 150ha site is expected to take 30 years, and will be underpinned by Thamesmead’s and Green Infrastructure Strategy.

Start the day with an interactive workshop before embarking on your choice of four walking tours.

1. The future of retail and urban realm

Led by

Noel Farrer PPLI, Director at Farrer Huxley Associates
Professors Steve Millington and Simon Quin, Institute of Place Management

2. Inequality and urban/landscape responses – the Moorings (a case study)

Led by

Paula Hines, Head of Thamesmead Socio-Economic Regeneration at the Peabody Community Foundation
Kate Batchelor, Senior Regeneration Manager at Peabody

3. Healthy Cities

Led by

Sarah Jones-Morris, Director, Landsmith Associates
Francois-Xavier Lallemand, Senior Acoustic Consultant, Ramboll

4. Green Infrastructure

Led by

Dr Phil Askew, Director of and Placemaking at Peabody
Richard Webb, Associate Urban Designer at Barton Wilmore
Nicholas Wright, Water Management Solutions Project Manager at Polypipe

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford Original Business Improvement District

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is building on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by delivering thousands of new homes on the Olympic Park estate.  Get an overview of a major East London regeneration scheme with a Park at its heart, and find out about the many different elements that go together to make it a successful place for people to live, work and play.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) perform a crucial role in terms of placemaking and place management. Find out about the holistic approach that one such organisation is taking in a key East London location, tackling urban issues including art, heritage, lighting and greening.

Led by

Tom Armour, Global Architecture Leader at Arup
Ruth Holmes
, Head of at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Gianluca Rizzo, Manager at the Stratford Original and Brixton BID

O2 and Emirates

The Greenwich Peninsula is one of the most exciting developments of the century. Set to house 34,000 settlers across seven new neighbourhoods, the area will receive £8.4 billion of investment over the next 20 years – with £500m to be spent on public realm spaces.

Having worked together on one of the very first landscape projects on the new site, Hardscape and Turkington Martin will lead an informative walking tour of the landscape developments in the area. Explore how landscape professionals and suppliers can combine their skills to adapt to changing briefs, and unravel the challenges we can encounter when embarking on ambitious projects that aim to change not only spaces, but the communities that inhabit them.

Led by

Asil Besim, Group Technical Manager at Hardscape
Mike Martin, founding director at Turkington Martin Architects and Urban Designers

Royal Museums and Royal Parks Greenwich

Conference sponsor LUC has developed a long-term, flexible master plan for the landscape at Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) to create a sustainable, ecologically rich place of exploration within the wider Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Led by

Land Use Consultants (LUC)

Guided Greenwich soundwalk

A soundwalk is any walk whose main purpose is to evaluate the quality of the environment through sound. Enjoy a unique guided walk experience through a pre-defined route, partake in a digital evaluation of the sonic environment, and join in a lively group discussion informed by the data gathered during the walk.

Led by

Dr Antonella Radicchi, Architect and Soundscape Researcher, Technical University of Berlin

Sayes Court, Deptford

Led by

Roo Angell, Co-Founder, Sayes Court CIC

Deptford Park

Led by

Carole Wright, Community Gardener and Environmental Manager

Interactive workshops

Natural capital: what’s the opportunity?

Explore and understand the concept of natural capital, and how it relates to the landscape profession, using practical examples. Participants will also have the chance to engage in discussion and debate on this topic.

A great opportunity for an overview of natural capital in advance of more technical training, which will follow as part of the LI’s future CPD calendar.


Bruce Howard, Network Director, Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Valued landscapes: how will the new NPPF impact on landscapes?

Examine the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – in particular how the policy on ‘valued landscapes’ will be applied in practice.

Explore, through practical examples, the implications of the revised policy, and contribute to our ongoing discussion about what still needs to change.


Rebecca Knight, Director of Planning, LUC
Michelle Bolger, Expert Consultancy
Peter Radmall, Environmental Planning Consultant
Dr Ashley Bowes, Cornerstone Barristers

Panel: Post-Brexit environment policy - opportunities and challenges

Discuss the changing shape of environmental policy across the UK and Europe. How do we continue to ensure value for people, place and nature?

Sarah Bryan, CEO, Exmoor National Park
Howard Davies, CEO, NAAONB
Ursula Forzcek-Bratanies, Secretary General, IFLA Europe

Panel: value - the evolving definition

Updates from the interagency team working on new approaches and frameworks in assessing and defining landscape value.

Chris Bolton, Principal Specialist, Natural England
Jill Bullen, Senior Specialist, Natural Resources Wales
Neil Rainey, DAERA Northern Ireland Environment Agency
Deborah Sandals, Scottish Natural Heritage
Tony Williams, President, IFLA Europe and Principal Architect, Transport Infrastructure, Ireland

The valuing and impact of planning

The latest updates from the planning sector, how it is adopting the value of landscape, and the long-term effects.

John Acres, RTPI President and Director, Acres Land and Planning
Simon Cook, Director of Planning, Lichfields UK
Dr Deb Upadhyaya, Specialist at Homes England and Board Director at the Academy of Urbanism
Ramune Sanderson, Director, Terra Firma, Lithuania

Unlocking future value through management and science

How we can unravel the value of protected natural spaces and forests using skills spanning management, horticulture and ecology.

Alison Barnes, CEO, New Forest National Park Authority
Laura Gatti, Director, Laura Gatti Consultants, Italy and co-designer of the ‘Bosco Verticale’
Euan Hall, CEO, The Land Trust
Paul Nolan, Director, The Mersey Forest

Networking event

Close of conference to be led by Hardscape, followed by a networking reception.

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Useful info


This two-day conference will take place at the University of Greenwich Stockwell Campus. The modern venue houses the University’s Department of and boasts excellent conference facilities.

The IFLA Europe General Assembly will take place on 8 and 9 September in the Old Historic Naval College on the University of Greenwich grounds.

Delegates will have access to the now-famous green roofs on top of the Stockwell Campus.

Transport links

Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London in Zone 2 of London’s underground travel network. It’s also easy to arrive by Docklands Light Railway (DLR).


The Institute is holding accommodation at the Daniel Dafoe Halls of Residence. These are single-occupancy, en-suite rooms. To book these rooms for the conference, please email for a discounted rate.

If you would like hotel accommodation elsewhere, you can email us for a list of venues. (Please note that no other special deals are in place.)

Joining instructions and further queries

We will send delegates more detailed instructions on how to join the conference closer to the date of the event. In the meantime, please email with any questions.