Sam Cheetham is currently working towards becoming a chartered member of the Landscape Institute. He is a landscape architect working for a design and planning consultancy in Bristol, UK.
His background is in Plant Science – having gained an Honours degree in BSc Plant Science in 2011.
Through his studies he developed a global outlook . His research during this time focused on his interest in ethnobotany. His intereset developed into the He carried out research into the suitability of growing medicinal plants within urban environments.
He travelled from the Bristol 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.