News 30.06.2023

Writtle University College awards

Gillespies was pleased to sponsor the final exhibition of Landscape Architecture at Writtle University College. Landscape Architect Hana Shin presented the prize and certificate for the best project to Lissy Moriarty, with highly commended certificates for George Witten and Chloe Erskine.

Partner Armel Mourgue, who judged all the submissions, said: "Congratulations to all the students on a particularly high standard of work this year. Lissy, Chloe and George should be extremely proud of their final projects."

Senior Lecturer Dr Saruhan Mosler sent many thanks to Armel for his work in judging the projects in a very tight timescale. She thanked Hana and Assistant Landscape Architect Jiyong Park for coming to the event, saying that they did a wonderful job representing Gillespies.

Armel described Lissy's project, entitled 'Stories of Belonging', as "beautifully presented, immersive, and a real composition to look at, with many details to read and enjoy."

Lissy said: "Thank you for the recognition. It means a lot coming from such an inspiring landscape architecture firm such as yours."

George's project, 'Landscape on Fire', delivered resilient design with solutions to adapt our coastal landscapes for the future. Chloe's 'Healing Communities Through Landscape' used horticultural therapy and trauma to inform the designs in a post-industrial site. Chloe said: "I was absolutely delighted to receive this recognition, especially from such a prestigious company!"

Armel concluded: "It is a mix of feelings at the end of this academic year: delighted to see such needed talents entering the world of landscape architecture, but also very sad to see this course closing despite the amazing work and dedication of its tutors.

"We all need to continue our support to universities, and do more to introduce the notion of landscape architecture as a career at a much earlier age."