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Allen Pyke Associates is an award winning, independent landscape architecture, urban design and environmental planning practice. We are a registered practice of the Landscape Institute and members of the Urban Design Group and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Our Philosophy

Is underpinned by five key elements:

VISION Taking the lead and seeing beyond the obvious.

DESIGN Delivering creative and innovative solutions from concept, through the masterplan, to the detail design and implementation.

COMMUNITY Creating places where people want to be, building new communities and strengthening existing ones who respect and cherish their environment.

SUSTAINABILITY Ensuring responsible designs which consider bio-diversity, maintenance, water consumption, recycled materials, seek to optimise micro-climate and location and the use of the most up to date technologies.

LEARNING Striving to stay up-to-date with latest regulations, guidance, and products, we are committed to continuing professional development giving our clients the best possible assistance.

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The Team

David Allen

Ursula Allison

Liz Bryant

Tristram Bushby

Susan Cavanagh-Bertkau

Amy Collinson

Will Dutch

Emily Earles

Vincent Friedlander

Ann Fowler

Victoria Halford

James Hyde

Megumi Ito

Emily Jacob

Nicola Keen

Nora Marfai

Kevin McGann

Lori Micu

Julie Miles

Catherine Ritson

Leena Shah

David Allen

Managing Director

DipLA CMLI

David is Managing Director and owner of Allen Pyke Associates where he has overall responsibility for management and business development across the two offices.

David’s extensive career has seen him develop a wide range of skills in landscape architecture and planning, across many development sectors in the UK and the Middle East. He has worked on complex highways and infrastructure projects, retail, leisure, healthcare and residential projects. David is known in the industry for his specialist expertise on issues relating to landscape and environmental planning and regularly contributes to Environmental Impact Assessments, undertaking Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments for many schemes, including in more recent years, renewable energy projects.

David has acted as an expert witness providing evidence at planning inquires and appeals on matters relating to landscape and visual issues for many projects, often dealing with complex sites such as those within Green Belt or other sensitive designations.

David is a keen Harlequins supporter and devotee of the ParkRun.

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Ursula Allison

Landscape Architect

Ursula began her career in Landscape Architecture in 2012 and graduated from Greenwich University in 2015 with a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Since joining our Kingston office in May 2016. Ursula has had the opportunity to work on large residential projects, parks, playgrounds, planting plans and a number of LVIA’s.  She is due to start P2C in Spring 2017.

Ursula’s interest in Landscape Architecture came from an extensive career in Parks – she worked for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Southwark, as a Park Ranger and latterly in Parks Outreach.  These roles involved teaching children about the environment, organising and running environment and sports related events, working with Friends of Parks groups on projects and fundraising, and conducting public consultations.  She was involved with the community element of several HLF projects, namely Nunhead Cemetery, Peckham Rye Park and Dulwich Park.

Beyond work, Ursula loves the outdoors, travel and keeping fit.  She has set herself a target of climbing at least one mountain per year with her children.

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Liz Bryant

Associate Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) MLA CMLI

Liz is a chartered landscape architect and joined the practice in 2007. She is responsible for running projects across various development sectors and has particular skill in undertaking Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, landscape appraisals and landscape capacity studies, particularly in relation to site promotions and sites in sensitive landscapes. She has prepared landscape evidence and can appear as an expert witness at planning appeals.

She is currently working on a number of large scale, multi-phased residential and mixed use developments where she has been involved in ongoing planning negotiations, public consultation and the development of designs for the public realm and streetscape, SuDS schemes, play areas, sports facilities and new parks.

Liz is an examiner for the Landscape Institute and mentor for candidates on the Pathway to Chartership.

Liz enjoys painting and drawing and her guilty pleasure is watching ‘The Jump’.

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Tristram Bushby

Senior Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) BSc(Hons) MA(Hons) CMLI

Tristram became a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in May 2016. He comes from a background in fine art where urban and rural landscape themes were explored at the macro scale through photography, painting and site specific sculpture. After gaining qualifications in Landscape Architecture he worked for a number of private practices on a range of high profile projects and joined Allen Pyke Associates in 2012.

Within the office he is able to apply his core skills which lie in an understanding of the contexts and specific needs of a site, applying sound ecological principles and his strong horticultural knowledge in order to create dynamic and deliverable design solutions. He is working on a range of projects including high density riverside projects through to large scale multi-phased residential masterplans. Tristram is also an active committee member for the London Branch of the Landscape Institute, organising and coordinating CPD and social events for the members.

Tristram makes an exceptional almond and apple cake and is very particular about how he takes his tea.

 

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Susan Cavanagh-Bertkau

Associate Landscape Architect

Dipl. Ing (FH) LA CMLI

Susan is a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute and originally joined the practice in 2007. She has since spent six months in Rome and a year off to welcome her little daughter Elli. Susan is responsible for running projects of varying scale and across various sectors and is a highly skilled designer with a particular interest in plant design.

She is currently working on a number of high density residential and mixed use developments where she has been involved in complex planning negotiations, public consultations, play area design, soft landscape works with emphasis on ecological improvement and hard landscape proposals.

Susan enjoys pottering about in her garden where she has re-created a healthy and growing peat moor. She has recently returned from maternity leave and is back among the Cambridge crowd.

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Amy Collinson

Chartered Landscape Architect

BA MLA CMLI

Amy joined Allen Pyke in 2014 and became a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in 2017.

While at the University of Sheffield, Amy researched the need for a flood responsive housing development on the outskirts of York, along the banks of the River Ouse and is particularly interested in the environmental impact of design and how management and maintenance can influence the longevity of a scheme.

Since joining the Kingston office, she has created planting schemes for both private and public landscapes, assisted on LVIAs and has designed natural play areas for a large multi-phased residential development.

Alongside her studies, during her year in industry, she entered the RIBA ‘Vauxhall: The Missing Link’ competition and was highly commended in the student category for her entry.

Staying loyal to her northern roots, Amy is an unofficial ambassador for the Yorkshire tourist board but has really enjoyed exploring London since joining Allen Pyke.

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Will Dutch

Chartered Landscape Architect

Will joined our Cambridge team in January 2017.

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Emily Earles

Accounts Administrator

Emily has recently joined our accounts team.

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Vincent Friedlander

Technical Director

BA(Hons) MLD CMLI

Vincent joined the practice in 2003 and in 2007 set up the Cambridge office which he has managed since. As a Technical Director, he sits on the management team contributing to business development and company policy.

A chartered landscape architect, Vincent has worked in both the UK and abroad, spending a number of years in Nigeria and has worked on many high profile projects such as at Greenwich Millennium Village and Whitby Abbey. He is currently working on a number of high density urban developments and is responsible for setting up and managing several Framework contracts with a range of clients.

Over the years he has developed a specialism in green roofs and roof garden design. His flair for both concept design and expertise in detailed design has resulted in many successful and award winning developments.

Vincent is a keen cyclist and he is currently learning to play the trumpet, to add to his many other musical talents.

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Ann Fowler

Consultant

Ann provides support for our finance team.

When she is not working on accounts, Ann can usually be found enjoying the sun in Spain.

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Victoria Halford

Administration Assistant

Vicky provides admin support to our landscape teams. She is also studying HR.

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James Hyde

Associate Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) DipLA CMLI

James is a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute and since joining the practice in 2003 has developed a diverse range of skills across both landscape design and environmental planning. He is able to work on projects across all scales and phases of projects, regularly working on planning applications and detailed design for construction as well as undertaking Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments.

He has a particular interest in the planning of urban developments and is currently project managing a number of large scale schemes for a range of developers where he is co-ordinating issues relating to landscape and arboriculture with multi-disciplinary teams and contractors.

In addition, James has responsibility for the companies Quality Assurance procedures insuring that the design teams across the two offices comply with relevant procedures. He also oversees matters relating CAD and design software including staff training and induction.

James is a keen snowboarder and he also supports West Ham United which he had no choice over, it’s in the blood.

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Megumi Ito

Landscape Architect

Megumi has recently joined our team in Cambridge.

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Emily Jacob

Landscape Architect

BA MLA

Emily joined Allen Pyke in 2015 after completing a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

During her Masters, Emily worked as part of ‘Mobility, Mood and Place’, a multi-disciplinary project for the community of Hackney Wick exploring new ways to design age-friendly cities. MMP involved meeting, interviewing and presenting design ideas to participants aged over 65 years and incorporating their feedback into the design. The group’s findings are to be published as part of an upcoming report for the Greater London Authority.

Emily draws on her background in History of Art (BA Hons., University of Manchester) to create site-specific landscape designs sensitive to the local historical, architectural and cultural contexts. Her goal is to design work that engages with a site’s existing history and community.

Emily loves the films of Wes Anderson, travelling, and visiting art galleries. She is happy to be back in her home town of Cambridge after many years of estrangement as a student.

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Nicola Keen

Associate Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) DipLA CMLI

Nicola is a Chartered Landscape Architect and joined Allen Pyke in 2006. She has a particular interest in developing ecologically sustainable schemes and regularly works in close conjunction with ecologists to maximise ecological benefit of both urban and rural developments.

Nicola is a skilled designer and has worked on a range of projects from town centre improvements, hotels and a variety of residential schemes including a large scale multi-phased development overseeing work relating to the public realm including streetscapes, parks and play areas. She also has extensive experience of undertaking landscape and visual impact assessments.

Nicola, drawing on her expertise in Sustainable Urban Design Systems (SuDS), gave a presentation to the National SuDS Conference in June 2012, focusing on how landscape design and SuDS can improve the environment and enhance biodiversity.

In her spare time, Nicola is a regular volunteer for the Wandle Trust, helping to clean-up and restore the River Wandle. She also likes making animals out of wool.

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Nora Marfai

Landscape Architect

MSc MA

Following a period of working as a freelance member of staff Nora joined us on a permanent basis in 2013. Having originally qualified in Hungary, Nora completed a Masters in Landscape and Urbanism at Kingston University.

Within the Kingston office she provides invaluable support within the project teams working across a range of projects including landscape and visual impact assessment and hard and soft landscape design where she applies both her graphics and design skills. Nora is currently working towards her Chartership qualification with the Landscape Institute.

Nora loves to travel, cook and entertain friends.

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Kevin McGann

Landscape Architect

Kevin joined our Cambridge team in September 2016.

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Lori Micu

Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) MLA

Lori joined Allen Pyke’s Kingston team in 2015, after working at the Faculty of Architecture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Thailand, preceded by her graduation from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, Romania in 2014, where she received a Masters Diploma in Landscape and Territory Planning.

Lori’s work, both internationally and in the UK, has offered her experience with large scale design, masterplanning, research and analysis.  Past projects have given her insight into a complex range of landscape issues, in rural and urban context, including conversion of brownfields, the value of cultural landscapes, augmentation of unique natural features of large scale sites, protected natural areas, heritage elements and large infrastructure.  She is practised in delivering presentations and lectures to both colleagues and students and is currently studying to become a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).

Lori enjoys travelling, drawing and is a member of Urban Sketchers.

 

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Julie Miles

Administration Manager

Julie joined the office in 2005 and has responsibilities for for all aspects of administration across the two offices including matters relating to health and safety and quality assurance.
Working closely with the other members of the finance team, Julie also undertakes duties relating to invoicing, credit control and managing the staff timesheets system.

Julie loves watching horror films and her favourite time of year is Hallowe’en.

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Catherine Ritson

Associate Director

BL(Hons) CMLI

Catherine is a Chartered Landscape Architect and an Associate within the practice. She has many years experience in both landscape design, planning and urban design. Catherine first joined the practice in 2002 and after leaving for a couple of years to travel and work elsewhere in the country, she re-joined in 2012.

Catherine’s key skills lie in her ability to work at all scales and in particular understanding the specific contexts of development sites. She has extensive experience in landscape and visual assessment, Green Belt reviews, capacity studies and the preparation of Green Infrastructure and landscape strategies. Catherine regularly works on landscape and public realm design across the full a range development sectors. Her projects currently include a range of large and small scale residential schemes, retirement villages, public parks and commercial developments.

Catherine enjoys camping and is an avid snowboarder.

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Leena Shah

Senior Landscape Architect

Leena joined our Cambridge office in 2017.

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