ESTHER DICKINS | PRINCIPAL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
A versatile Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with over twenty years of professional experience, Esther’s dual qualifications in Landscape Architecture and Architecture have enabled a broad contribution to the public domain. Though a highly integrated approach to design and planning, Esther has effectively managed projects ranging from master planning to detailed design and construction.
Leading the Landscape team, what is your vision for the future and expectations for success?
I am excited to lead the landscape team at Scott Carver but the vision – that is not mine alone. My role is to continue to build a team of inspired and innovative landscape architects so that we can achieve our shared vision. As a group, we energise, challenge and support each other to reach our collective ambition – to integrate landscape architecture sensibilities into all Scott Carver projects, demonstrating the value of an inter-disciplinary approach to our clients and the ultimate users of the places we design.
Being sought out to deliver integrated thinking lets us know we have been successful and along the way, we intend to enjoy the ride.
How do you think that landscape architecture is changing the built environment?
The challenges presented by modern society are slowing shifting the balance towards landscape architects, with our contribution to the public realm becoming increasingly valued. While we are definitely entering this new era I believe – and maybe more importantly – it is also a time for the collaborative professional. Bringing together all of the best thinking across professional boundaries will be key to the next evolution of our cities.
There ae two key factors which are bringing the contribution of landscape architecture to the fore. Firstly, Landscape Architects are already well versed in collaboration, balancing complex and often competing needs; and secondly, there is a growing recognition of the value of the public domain and our connection to the natural environment as a consequence of the changes in how we are living and working in increasingly dense cities.
What value are you finding by working in a mixed discipline environment, and how do you contribute to a truly integrated approach to design?
I have found that working within a mixed discipline environment, there is far more opportunity to get involved early and ensure that the full value of the landscape can be realised. It is easier to poke your head in, ask questions and push a point when the architect sits right next to you.
Having studied and worked in landscape architecture and architecture, my experience and understanding bridges between the two. I encourage the team to think beyond traditional professional boundaries and escape the ‘landscape’ box where our role is only to decorate the designs of others with plans. We have so much more to contribute.