Jan Woudstra

PhD, MA (Cons), Dip Hort (Kew)

Reader in Landscape History and Theory
Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield
email : j.woudstra@sheffield.ac.uk


Jan´s research activity has been guided by a general concern for the quality of the built environment. It has aimed to increase knowledge within the landscape profession and to challenge perceived notions about landscape design and research. This has included turning practical issues, which unlike theoretical discourse were not previously considered as a suitable academic subject, into internationally recognized scholarship. For example, research in the history of planting design has been pioneering and it informs and challenges notions of innovation. Yet there has also been research into theoretical issues, in order to encourage different approaches and attitudes in the profession.

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