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|Dr. Kevin Thwaites - Curriculum Vitae|
Kevin Thwaites BA, Dip LA (Dist), PhD
and Academic Background
1983-93 Co-owner and Managing Director: Thwaites and Pitt (Landscape Design) Ltd, Leeds and Halifax
1984-88 Lecturer: Leeds Polytechnic, Landscape Architecture Department
1988-2002 Senior Lecturer: Leeds Metropolitan University, Landscape Architecture Department
2003-date Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield
• Philosophy and theory of landscape design and its impact on the intellectual underpinning and conceptual development of landscape design processes and spatial languages;
• Socially responsive approaches to planning and design in urban neighbourhood and other community settings, particularly how spatial and experiential dimensions converge to influence psychological health.
• Exploration of the relationship between teaching and research through innovations in the development and delivery of design studio projects involving undergraduate and postgraduate landscape architecture students.
These general areas of activity converge in the Experiential Landscape Place Research and Development Unit which I direct in association with colleague Ian Simkins. The elp:rdu was created to formalize a developing programme of research, publication and teaching concerned with the spatial expression of human experience in urban outdoor places.
and Theory of Landscape Design
Experiential Landscape Place: an approach to people, place and space. (www.elprdu.com)
Experiential landscape place research explores the relationship between human experience and spatial organisation in urban neighbourhood and other community settings. It is primarily concerned with developing an open space design vocabulary to inform processes of urban place making. A central tenet is that aspects of human experience and their spatial expression are important to achieving and sustaining fulfilled lives. The research aims to develop a means to read the experiential potential of urban neighbourhood and community settings, actual and proposed, from their spatial characteristics. Emphasis is placed on experiential features that collectively: encourage different types of place attachment in people; strengthen capability to aid and facilitate orientation; enhance or stimulate a sense of neighbourhood. These are translated into a spatial vocabulary that can be used to analyse the experiential potential of existing or proposed urban settings.
Teaching and Research
• Informs part of the academic’s wider research agenda;
• Makes learning and teaching objectives and research objectives explicit in project briefing material;
• Involves students as participants in activities aimed at answering research questions;
• Has a clearly defined theoretical framework within which the project operates;
• Generates outputs amenable to peer review and dissemination.
I also supervise post graduate dissertation and PhD students on topics relating to my research interests. Currently these include PhD work relating to: the development of visual communication tools for people with learning disabilities; the exploration of place perceptions of children in routes routinely encountered; the perception of environment through dynamic body movement; the restorative potential of landscape places.
Thwaites.K. Helleur.E. and Simkins.I.M. (2005) Restorative urban open space: Exploring the spatial configuration of human emotional fulfilment in urban open space. Landscape Research, Volume 30, Number 4, October 2005, pp. 525-547(23)
Thwaites.K. and Simkins.I.M. (2005) Experiential landscape place: exploring potential in neighbourhood settings. Urban Design International (2005) 10, 11-22.
Thwaites.K. (2003) Chapel Allerton Explored: An Integrated Approach to Teaching and Research in Landscape Architecture Education. Proceedings of ‘Building the Link’ international conference on integrating teaching and research with practice in the built environment. Wadham College, Oxford, 8-10 September 2003.
Thwaites.K. (2002) Teaching and Research: An Integrated Approach to the Undergraduate Studio in Landscape Architecture Education. Landscape Review (New Zealand), vol.8(1), pp.12-28
Thwaites.K. (2002a) Experiential Landscape Place: Place Making and Quality of Life in Neighbourhood Settings. Paper presentation at Creating Sustainable Urban Environments conference, Oxford, 23-26 September 2002.
Thwaites.K. (2001) Experiential Landscape Place: An Exploration of Place and Neighbourhood in Landscape Architecture. Landscape Research, vol.26, no.3, pp.245-255.
Thwaites.K. (2000) Expressivist Landscape Architecture: A New Conceptual Framework for Landscape Architecture. Landscape Journal, (USA) Vol19, No.s 1 and 2, pp.201-210.
Thwaites.K. (2000a) Experiential Landscape: Place, Neighbourhood and Community in Landscape Architecture. in Benson.J and Roe.M (eds) (2000) Urban Lifestyles: Spaces, Places, People. Rotterdam, Balkema. pp 49-55.
Thwaites.K. (1998) Expressivist Landscape Architecture: A New Conceptual Framework. Paper presented to the Re:search: The Generation of Knowledge in Landscape Architecture conference. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Arlington, Texas, 21-25 October
Thwaites,K. (1998a) Landscape Design is Research: An Exploration. in: Selman, P. Landscape Design as Research: an emerging debate. Landscape Research, Vol 23, No2, July, pp.196-198
Thwaites.K. (1996) In Search of the Designer’s New Mind (Peer Review Feature). Landscape Design, September, p.13-18
Thwaites.K. (1995) The Landscape Design and Community Unit. in Jenkins et al (eds) Developing Skill-based Curricula Through the Disciplines: Case Studies of Good Practice in Geography. Oxford: SCED.
Thwaites.K. (2004) Expressivist Landscape: A New Conceptual Framework for Landscape Architecture. ‘Exploring Philosophical Bases for Integrative Landscape Architecture’, Landscape Architecture Theory Symposium, University of Sheffield, 18 May, 2004.
Thwaites.K. and Simkins.I.M (2004) Experiential Landscape Place: a design vocabulary for people, space and place. Invited presentation to Analysis of Public Spaces and Policies for Public Life in Cities conference, Politecnico di Milan, Milan, Italy, 27 January 2004.
Thwaites.K. (2000) Expressive Landscape Architecture: An Approach to Place and Community in Landscape Architecture. Paper presented to the School of Design, North Carolina State University, USA, 3 April 2000
Thwaites.K. (1999) Going Beyond Design: Organisation, Planning and Participation in Successful Schools Development. Landlines, February, pp.8-9
Thwaites.K. (1998) The Well-being of Disabled People: Developing the Concept of Landscape Settings. in Stoneham.J. and Kendle.A. (eds) Plants and Human Well-being, Bath: The Sensory Trust
Thwaites.K. (1998a) Research in Landscape Architecture: An Opportunity for Unity or Division in Practice and Academia? South West Aspect: The Journal of the South West Chapter of the Landscape Institute. March,p.4-5
Thwaites.K. (1998b) Is Landscape Design Research? Landscape Design Extra, March, p.3
Thwaites.K. (1997) An Academic’s Vision of the Way Forward. in Thwaites.K. (ed) Landscape Design is Research: An Exploration. SCHOLA Occasional Paper No.3, Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University
PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS and PENDING
Thwaites.K. Helleur.E. and Simkins.I.M. (2004) Restorative Urban Landscape Settings: Exploring the Spatial Dimensions of Human Emotional Fulfilment in Urban Open Space. Paper and conference presentation at the international Open Space: People Space conference, Edinburgh, 27-29 October 2004.
Simkins.I.M. and Thwaites.K. (2004) The Spatial Experience of Primary School Aged Children: The Development of an Open Space Design Language. Paper and conference presentation at the international Open Space: People Space conference, Edinburgh, 27-29 October 2004.
Thwaites.K. and Simkins.I.M. (2006) Experiential Landscape: An approach to people, space and place. Book commissioned by Spon Press, London. (to view a synopsis click this link).
Thwaites.K, Simkins.I.M. and Worthington.S. (2005) The Experiential Personality of The Calls, Leeds: the occurance of centre, direction, transition and area in urban regeneration.
Thwaites.K. (2006) On the Nature of Landscape Architecture: Reflections on the Integrity of Philosophy, Theory and Practice.
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