mariatnDr. Maria Ignatieva 

Maria was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. She graduated from the Landscape Architecture Program at Leningrad State Forest Technical University and received her PhD from Moscow State University. In Russia (St. Petersburg), then in the USA (SUNY ESF, Syracuse, New York), New Zealand (Lincoln University) and in Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala) Maria was working on the investigation of different urban ecosystems and developing principles of ecological design. She was also participating in the programme “Ecopolis”, one of the first truly transdisciplinary team of searching biophilic cities in Russian. Maria’s latest interests are urban blue- green infrastructure in the era of globalisation. In January 2018, Dr. Maria Ignatieva has also joined the University of Western Australia, Landscape Architecture unit in the School of Design where she is continuing her research on sustainable urban environment.


8J_cFfzpNigel Thorne MSc FRSA FIHort FLI PPLI

Landscape Management Consultant (Chartered Landscape Architect)
Project Manager, Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project
Adjunct Professor, Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture
Past-president, IFLA Europe
Past-president, Landscape Institute (LI, UK)
Chair, Parks for London
Honorary Treasurer (& Ambassador), Architects’ Benevolent Society
Honorary Member, IFLA Europe

Nigel is a chartered landscape architect (a Fellow of the Landscape Institute) specialising in landscape and project management. He practices as an independent landscape consultant concentrating on contract administration and project implementation but also works part-time for a variety of award-winning landscape architectural practices across the UK and internationally. Although trained in design, he concentrates on the important practicalities of comprehensive engagement with the design implementation process in order to maintain design integrity and to work collaboratively with contractors and suppliers to ensure the highest standards of workmanship and project operations. He was a trustee of the LI for over 15 years culminating in his role as president from 2006-2008. He was elected president of IFLA Europe at the beginning of 2010, completing his second and final term in office at the end of 2013. He works and teaches both nationally and internationally and regularly gives talks, seminars and lectures in order to promote the work of the profession around the world. In 2016 he became project manager for a £6.2 million publically financed (Heritage Lottery & BIG Lottery ‘Parks for People’ grant) heritage and conservation project for the Royal Parks at Brompton Cemetery in the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; the project aims not only to restore the built form historic heritage assets of the garden cemetery but to increase the relevance of this quite unique public space to local residents, communities and world-wide visitors alike. He is a trustee, board member, and Honorary Treasurer of the Architect’s Benevolent Society, sits on the London Advisory Committee of Historic England and in June 2017 became Chair of Parks for London.