The president of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), Kathryn Moore is in visit to New Zealand and Australia.
Her visit started with a meeting with the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) to discuss the future of the profession and how international experience can help New Zealand in promoting the importance of the Landscape profession as well as in national policy such as the Resource Management Act. Kathryn also gave three public lecture starting at Victoria University of Wellington and followed by UNITEC and Auckland Council. Meanwhile she also gave interviews to Radio NZ and other local magazines.
The trip continues in Australia where Kathryn is expected to give a public lecture at Perth on November 7th.This event is organised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
Kathryn is a professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University, an author on design quality, theory, education and practice, and advises on the important role landscape architects have in bringing people together to find best solutions to problems. She has been working as an advisor to UNESCO and the United Nations on an International Landscape Convention.
The IFLA believe an international convention is necessary to encourage a much more holistic and strategic approach to landscapes around the world. One of Kathryn’s current projects is advising the British Government on a route for the new High Speed train from London to Birmingham. Her role is transforming the project from a straight engineering task to an iconic landscape infrastructure project that could begin wider social and economic transformation. ‘The project as an opportunity to transform, reinvent and revitalise local communities along the entire HS2 route’ Kathryn says. Kathryn has published extensively on design quality, theory, education and practice. Her recently published book Overlooking the Visual: Demystifying the Art of Design looks at design practice, taking it from an artistic, creative process to a practical, pragmatic activity.