Leading placemaking organisations join forces to tackle environmental, economic and social issues in a fast-changing world

The Landscape Institute (LI) and Institute of Place Management (IPM) signed an a Memorandum of Understanding on 6th September to work together to explore common ambitions and better enable their members to create and manage great places.

Through combining both organisation’s training resources and insight, the partnership will give both place managers and landscape professionals unrivalled opportunities to develop and learn. The practitioners responsible for managing our town centres, public spaces and local environments will become better equipped to attract businesses and jobs, preserve public realms for all to enjoy, and prepare for future economic and environmental challenges.

Daniel Cook, Chief Executive of the LI, said that the agreement ‘marks the beginning of an exciting new era for both organisations’.

‘We have a great deal in common,’ Daniel said. ‘So a collaborative approach is very much a win-win. By working together, we are paving the way for more professional bodies to cooperate with us on major issues and so better serve the practitioners and policy makers who make and manage places.

‘Climate resilience, public health and wellbeing, resource security, environmental sustainability and more are all critical factors that our urban and rural environments need to address. This memorandum of understanding between our two institutions will enable us to pool resources and more efficiently equip our members to enrich society.’

Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the IPM, said: ‘Reaching a memorandum of understanding with the LI represents a significant development not just for our organisations, but for the whole placemaking sector. We need to collaborate and to combine the best thinking from both the urban and natural environments if we are going to have great and resilient places. We cannot continue to segregate and silo professional interests to the detriment of our towns, cities and rural areas.’

Based at Manchester Metropolitan University, IPM is a renowned research institution and provider of education and qualification. While LI members will benefit from access IPM’s ground-breaking findings and innovative insights, the LI will support IPM’s funding applications and contribute landscape expertise to future projects. It will also help to strengthen IPM’s membership offering.

‘At present, there is no chartered credential for place managers,’ Daniel said. ‘Working together, the LI and IPM will develop an accreditation model for these practitioners that will sit alongside our own Pathway to Chartership. This new pathway will acknowledge and mirror the extremely high standards set by our existing members, while catering for the varied skillset and knowledge base place managers must have.

‘We aspire to provide a home for landscape and placemaking practitioners of all types. Not only is this an opportunity for us to greatly enhance our membership offering, but also for our members to network and share crucial knowledge with one another.

‘The face of the industry is changing, and rapidly. It increasingly falls to local businesses and stakeholders to manage local environments, and it is imperative that the right professional knowledge and expertise is on hand to ensure that these places are healthy, sustainable and economically viable.’

Professor Parker concluded: ‘The professions we represent will shape and safeguard the future. I look forward to continuing and strengthening the alliance between our two institutes to better serve our members jointly.’

The MOU provides the basis for future agreements the LI and IPM might reach. It outlines, in broad terms, areas for future discussion that include:

  • the collaborative development and production of professional and technical standards and guidance
  • the development of a chartered credential that is relevant for urban design, placemaking and place management professionals, to coincide with the future development of additional routes to LI membership in 2018-19 and beyond
  • the planning and development of a joint CPD and training programme and reciprocal promotion of relevant events to our membership groups
  • the reciprocal extension of member discounts to events and conferences
  • joint participation in research and the sharing of research reports, policy briefings and other literature that can support our joint commitment to evidence-based policymaking
  • the possible sharing of services, office space and key systems on a service-level agreement basis

About the Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity working to promote the art and science of landscape practice. 

The LI’s aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

The Landscape Institute provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.