Nick Pusterla

Associate

Nick trained as a landscape architect at the Haute École du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture (HEPIA) of Geneva before moving to the UK in 2013. He first worked for a couple of years at Charlotte Rowe Garden Design where he mainly concentrated on private town gardens. In 2015 Nick joined Arne Maynard’s practice to follow his passion for European and English country garden design and planting. Here he worked for three years gaining experience in managing the design and construction of gardens of various sizes and typology. Nick joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in October 2017 and was made an Associate in the autumn of 2019.

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith is a landscape architect whose work is characterised by strong contrasts between built form and naturalistic planting. Tom read Zoology at Cambridge before completing a postgraduate degree in Landscape Design at the University of Manchester. He worked for several years at Hal Moggridge and Elizabeth Banks Associates before setting up his own practice in London in 1998.

Tom has since designed parks, gardens and landscapes throughout Europe, India, USA and Caribbean. Significant projects in the public domain have included the Queen's Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle to mark the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, the Bicentenary Glasshouse Garden at Wisley for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and on a smaller scale, the Keepers House Garden at the Royal Academy of Arts. International projects have included Le Jardin Secret in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech, a garden located on the waterways near Kottayam in Kerala, India, and a show garden for the international horticulture exhibition at IGA Berlin 2017. Current projects include a garden square at King’s Cross in London for Argent LLP and the Aga Khan Foundation, several projects at Chatsworth, a garden for the Scottish baronial estate of Aldourie Castle, a new public garden at the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, and the masterplan for the RHS’s gardens at Bridgewater (near Salford) which is the largest new garden project in the UK.

Tom has also designed eight award winning gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show all of which were presented with gold medals and three ‘Best in Show’. In 2018, Tom was delighted to return to the Chelsea Flower Show after eight years absence to create The Weston Garden, celebrating 60 years of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Tom regularly presents talks and lectures, and continues to write occasionally for the Guardian, Financial Times and Telegraph, amongst others. An exhibition on his work, the first about a living garden designer in the UK, was held at the Garden Museum in London in 2011. A monograph of his work to date is due to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2020. Tom is a Trustee of the Garden Museum and a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Tom has throughout his career also developed with his family his own garden at his home The Barn, Serge Hill, Hertfordshire, where he still lives. This garden opens each summer by appointment to visitors. It is here, in the surrounding area of Serge Hill, where Tom is currently proposing to move his London-based design studio, into a new, highly sustainable mixed-use building of which will house the landscape design studio of Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd as well as offer community gardening, intermittent public events, talks and exhibitions related to practical gardening and garden design. Please click on this link to view more information about this exciting new project – The Orchard Studio

Charlotte Pennell

Landscape Designer

Charlotte studied Architecture at Newcastle University becoming a fully qualified architect in 2015. She has worked for several practices around the country with varying specialisms including urban design, high-end residential interiors, and landscape-led architecture. She also works as a florist, using seasonal and locally grown flowers to produce floral designs for events. Her hands-on horticultural experience includes working part-time with a cut flower grower for a year. She joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in January 2019, finding landscape architecture a natural progression from architecture, floristry, and her love of growing cut flowers. She enjoys creating a relationship that feels mutually respectful between built form and landscape.

Weihua Zhou

Weihua joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2020. She studied Landscape Architecture MLA at Edinburgh University and graduated in 2016. She was drawn to landscape architecture because it satisfied her curiosity towards nature and the power of creativity. For her, there is a great sense of achievement in seeing people enjoying a completed project. Weihua’s background is in art and design, having completed an undergraduate degree in Art Design in China, before moving to the UK. She still makes time for painting and works mostly with oils. Artist interference within landscapes is an area she is keen to explore.

Matt Cairns

Landscape Architect

Matt previously worked for four years as a senior member of the landscape architectural team at the global architectural practice Broadway Malyan (BM). Whilst at BM he worked on a wide range of projects of varying scale and complexity covering residential, mixed use and public realm developments, both in the UK and Middle East. Prior to this Matt worked for four years as a landscape designer at the landscape construction company Gavin Jones, where he worked on a number of exclusive residential and commercial projects. Matt is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) and studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich. Matt joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in April 2018.

Corrine Payne

Landscape Designer

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BA in Architecture in 2013, Corrine gained professional experience at Brock Carmichael Architects in Liverpool before deciding to transition to landscape design. She continued her studies at Writtle University College in Essex, graduating with an MLA in Landscape Architecture in 2016. Corrine has since worked for the garden designer Andy Sturgeon prior to joining Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in the Spring of 2018.

Honor Reekie

Honor studied Fine Art Painting BA at City & Guilds of London Art School before going on to study Landscape Architecture MLA at Edinburgh University. At art school she made work about how people perceive landscapes and then wanted to learn the more practical design side. For five years, she supported the director at SNAP – Art at Aldeburgh Festival. Honor joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2019 and finds the remedial affect landscape can have particularly fascinating alongside her interest in forest gardens and rewilding projects. She has recently spent time working as a gardener at By the Crossways in Suffolk, gaining hands-on horticultural experience.

Edward Shackleton

Associate

Ed joined Tom Stuart-Smith in 2015, being appointed an Associate in the autumn of 2018. Prior to this, he gained professional experience working part-time for two other garden designers: one in London and the other in America. Ed also has practical experience building and maintaining gardens in Ireland, south-west of France and Connecticut. Alongside managing various jobs in the UK and abroad, Ed co-ordinates plant procurement across all projects and keeps abreast of plant availability within the European plant trade.

Kurosh Davis

Technical Director

Kurosh read Horticulture at Bath University. While studying he worked for the landscape architects Brown & Rowe and the Olin Partnership USA. He then completed a degree in music at the Musikhochschule Detmold in Germany and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. After a period as a professional Viola player, he continued his education at the University of Central England and qualified as a Chartered Landscape Architect. Before joining the company he worked as a landscape architect at Elizabeth Banks Associates for two years. Kurosh is also a portrait painter - kuroshdavis.co.uk, and continues to perform as a viola player in chamber groups around Europe. Kurosh has worked with Tom Stuart-Smith for over twenty years, of which he spent twelve years as an Associate running projects in the UK and internationally. Kurosh was appointed Technical Director of Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in the autumn of 2018.

Frank Wu

Designer

Frank studied Architecture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After graduating, he worked as an assistant architect for Emirates Neon Group in Shanghai. Frank's research interests are in geometry and experimenting with new drawing software. In March 2009 he joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd where he is involved in detailed design and production drawings, and leads the office in computer landscape visualisations.

Max Harriman

Max graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Plant Biology in 2014. Whilst studying he spent a year working at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge, where he partook in research focusing on agricultural genetics and floral form.He then attended the London College of Garden Design and was awarded the external examiner’s prize for his final project in 2017. On completion of his Diploma he worked for Bowles & Wyer where he worked on a range of high end residential and commercial projects.Max entered the Young Garden Designer of the Year competition in 2018 at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for his show garden ‘A Calm in Chaos’. He joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in February 2019.

Saar den Boogert

Landscape Designer

Saar studied a BA in Business at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and an MA in Culture Organisation and Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She then worked in the corporate sector for four years at Boston Consulting Group before completing a full-time Diploma in Garden Design at the Inchbald School of Design in 2016. After graduating Saar was awarded four stars for her design and installation of a trade stand for the sculptor Charles Rayner at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. In the same year she undertook an internship at the Marcus Barnett studio before joining Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in June 2017.

Ruth van Loen

Studio Administrator

Ruth studied a Diploma in Prop Making at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art prior to gaining over fifteen years professional experience within the jewellery and design industry as a production coordinator, atelier and showroom manager. Ruth now works part-time, splitting her time between administration and making hand-thrown ceramics in her pottery studio. Ruth joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in the summer of 2018.

Emily Assheton

Associate

Emily graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with an MSc in Landscape Architecture. In 2013 she spent nine months working for Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd as part of her professional placement before gaining practical experience as a gardener at Coton Manor Gardens for four months. Following graduation Emily worked at Townshend Landscape Architects in London and was involved in a range of urban and public realm projects. She re-joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in July 2016. Emily is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI).

Alice Desbois

External Consultant - France

Alice studied landscape design at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage in Versailles, France. During her degree she was mentored by the landscape designer Michel Pena, for whom she also worked as an intern. She completed a summer internship at Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2013 before working as a full-time member of the team for two years. In April 2016, Alice moved back to the south of France to set up her own practice and continues to work on a freelance basis for Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd.

Shankar Kothapuram

Associate

Shankar qualified as an architect from Measi Academy of Architecture, Anna University, India and completed an M.Arch in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London. After graduating, Shankar worked for Srinath Advani and Zaha Hadid Architects. He joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2012, working on public spaces, country gardens, small and large city gardens. Shankar is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI). Shankar’s other interests lie in urban and social manifestations of digital design whilst working closely with traditional craftsmen and materials - sk-id.com.