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Who are you?

My name is Julie Hutton-Attenborough, I am a Landscape Architect and joined Lockhart Garratt in January 2020 at the office in Chipping Norton. Having trained at Plymouth School of Architecture I gained RIBA Chartership in the 1990’s, worked as a project architect for Atkins on many large-scale projects.  Having relocated to the Midlands I then studied PG Landscape Architecture at Birmingham University. Following my studies worked as a visiting lecturer on the PG course at Birmingham teaching Conceptual Design and Methodology.

What do you do?

My many years of experience in the construction industry mean I am able to work closely with our clients to develop conceptual studies and sometimes contribute to a project brief that then informs the outcome of a detailed landscape design. My background in architecture means I am able to cover all aspects of detailed construction design. I also have experience working on Heritage projects having spent six years working for a practice that specialised in landscaped sites by Humphrey Repton and Capability Brown, assessing the existing surviving landscape features and compiling long term management plans for preservation and reinstatement of lost landscape elements.

What project have you found particularly interesting to be involved with?

I am passionate about the relationship between the built form and its context, how a building relates to its surrounding landscape and how the relationship of the building and landscape encourages positive interaction with the end users. I am currently involved in a fascinating project that has developed a new template for retirement living, designing in dementia friendly and accessible features within the landscape that will enrich the living conditions of the occupants as they journey through later life. See the current featured case Study.

What has been your favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date?

Having spent the majority of my career working with large multi-discipline design consultancies I have enjoyed working with a smaller team across the differing business units in Lockhart Garratt. Despite lockdown, I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the roles that our Arboricuture, Ecology and Forestry experts play in coming together to offer a holistic package for our clients in all aspects of environmental design and management. I have enjoyed the opportunities to work directly with clients whilst being part of an enthusiastic team of landscape designers. I have learned a lot from the younger consultants in the practice but also feel my years of experience has helped to mentor and enrich the balance of experience within the business.

What are your interest and hobbies?

I am passionate about Art and Design and enjoy galleries and museums.  My husband, also an Architect, and I have travelled extensively and been lucky to visit amazing cultures, landscapes and buildings across the world, latterly being joined by our daughter. I also love the theatre and living near Stratford on Avon have visited the RSC many times. We live in the Cotswold with our three English Springer Spaniels. I also enjoy singing as a soprano with my School Choir in my home town in the Welsh Valleys which reunited six years ago.

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