Sam Cheetham is currently working towards becoming a chartered member of the Landscape Institute. He works as a landscape architect for a design and planning consultancy in Bristol, UK.
His background is in Plant Science – having gained an Honours degree in BSc Bio sciences (Plant science) in 2011. For this his research focused on growing medicinal plants in vitro for future scenarios such as . Through this he formed an interest in ethnobotany – humans relationship with plants.
He travelled from the UK to Kuala Lumpur to research further and enrolled at a local university to study Landscape Architecture. Why in Malaysia? It would allow him to develop his interest into ethnobotany and explore how it relates to the wider scale through landscape architecture.
Whilst in Malaysia he worked for a start up and saw first hand the green washing of fundamental environmental and social issues by governmental and large corporations. He is now working on gaining his Chartership to place himself within a key position to tackle the many controversial issues within the design world.
Global Aspect. Having worked around the world and having been influenced by ecology in much of his studies he see the importance of Landscape Architects working locally but influencing on a global platform in order to be proactive in the discourse. He is currently working on a digital platform connecting controversial and important architectural, engineering & design issues to the wider world. Using low input to high output techniques via digital and public platforms. The approach aims to connect mainstream thinking with progressive action through an open forum digitally and physically.