Project Studio employs design experimentation and research to explore practices of public space within processes of making landscapes and cities – focusing on concerns for social and environmental justice. The studio was founded by Ed Wall in 2007 as a platform for collaboration between professional practice and academia. Interdisciplinary projects range from regional plans to curated exhibitions, working with organisations including the Landscape Institute, Architecture Foundation, Arts Council, and Landscape Urbanism Biennale. Projects such as Lubricity, Park Works, Roaming Forest, and the Valley Project have been published in The Guardian, Architects’ Journal, Architectural Design (AD), Building Design, Abitare, and Arch Daily. They have also been exhibited at the Van Alen Institute, Royal Academy, Building Centre, Garden Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Landscape Urbanism Biennial, and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.
Ed Wall is a landscape architect and urban designer whose work focuses on the public nature of landscape, spatial justice, and design experimentation. He is Academic Lead (Chair) of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Greenwich and co-director of the Advanced Urban (AU) research group. He is a Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, and in 2017, was City of Vienna Visiting Professor: Urban culture, public space and the future–urban equity and the global agenda (SKuOR/TU Wien). He is founding editor of Testing-Ground: Journal of Landscapes, Cities and Territories, external examiner at the Architectural Association, and in 2021 was appointed a Design Council Specialist Expert. Ed trained in Manchester (MMU) and New York (CCNY) before completing a PhD at the Cities Programme (London School of Economics and Political Science).
Ed writes widely, recently guest-editing The Landscapists: Redefining Landscape Relations issue of Architectural Design (AD/Wiley 2020) and writing the coming Contesting London: Public Spaces, Urban Practices and Redevelopment (Routledge 2022). Collaborations and co-edited books include: Landscape Citizenships (Conway Hall); Design Agency within Earth Systems (Architectural Association); Unsettled: Urban Contestations, Temporalities, and Routines (TU Vienna); The Dark Side of Landscape (University of Greenwich); and Landscape and Agency (Bartlett UCL). Research into global forms of architectural practice, funded by the Graham Foundation, will be published in 2022.
Ed has been invited to present projects and lecture internationally, including at Alcala School of Architecture, Architectural Association (AA), Architecture Foundation, Beijing Forestry University, Central St. Martins (UAL), Columbia University (GSAPP), University of Edinburgh (ESALA), Expo Milano 2015, University of Guadalajara, Harvard University (GSD), International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE), Landscape Institute, Manchester School of Architecture, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University), and The Royal Academy.