World-class speakers for autumn garden conference

The gardens designed by TCL for the Towers Road development in Melbourne. Photo: John Gollings

Top talent to give talks on geometry in garden design

A cast of internationally acclaimed speakers has been announced for the SGD Autumn Conference, which this year has the theme, ‘Geometry: new angles on gardens and landscape’. Relationships between shapes and lines – the geometry of a garden – are at the very heart of garden and landscape design and the five celebrated designers chosen to speak at the conference are all masters of this craft.

Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD, Ian Kitson FSGD, Milan-based designer Cristina Mazzucchelli, Kate Cullity (director of awardwinning Australian landscape architecture firm TCL), and Brazilian designer Alex Hanazaki will be offering their insight into the role geometry and pattern play in garden and landscape design.

Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD

Highbury Square by Christopher Bradley-Hole. Photo: Dennis Gilbert

Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD is one of the foremost garden and landscape designers working today, and he holds the SGD Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Society of Garden Designers in 2017. Renowned for his geometric forms, he will be explaining how he creates his elegant designs, using his latest work to illustrate his talk.

Ian Kitson FSGD

Highbury Square by Christopher Bradley-Hole. Photo: Dennis Gilbert

Chartered landscape architect and garden designer Ian Kitson FSGD’s unique style has secured him countless awards, including the SGD Awards for Hardscape and Medium Residential this year for his ‘Estuary Garden’. Kitson has an innate instinct for balance and proportion, using nature as his inspiration for the shapes and forms in his designs. He will be showcasing some of his most exciting projects, explaining how he uses geometry to create his masterpieces.

Cristina Mazzucchelli

Geometry in a design by Cristina Mazzucchelli. Photo: Matteo Carassale

With a PhD in Molecular Genetics and a Masters in Garden Design from the University of Milan, Cristina Mazzucchelli combines her knowledge of plant physiology with the desire to link architecture to the natural world. She will be speaking about the complementary role of curves and lines in creating harmony and a sense of wellbeing, using examples of her work to show how spatial proportions, such as the ‘golden section’ and ‘Fibonacci series’ must be respected.

Kate Cullity

Kate Cullity will be exploring the role design expressions, such as patterning, repetition and the power of multiples, play out in TCL’s projects. She will show how these ordering systems help to connect people to intrinsic structures found in nature, and in doing so create a link between beauty, care and environmental, social and cultural sustainability.

Alex Hanazaki

‘The Entrance Garden’ by Alex Hanazaki

Alex Hanazaki is considered one of the biggest names in the contemporary landscaping industry in Brazil. Based in São Paulo, he set up his studio 18 years ago, and it has grown to become one of the most creative landscape architecture firms in the country, working with major architectural firms in the implementation of residential and commercial projects.

The SGD Autumn Conference takes place on 17 November 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Book tickets now at