Shankar Kothapuram

Senior 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.

Weihua Zhou

Landscape Architect

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.

Kurosh Davis

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.

Max Harriman

Landscape Architect

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.

Emily Assheton

Associate

Emily joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2016. She is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc in Landscape Architecture in 2015, during University she spent her professional placement year at Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd and as a gardener at Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire. Before joining TSS Emily previously worked at Townshend Landscape Architects, where she worked on the Kings Cross development and a range of urban and public realm projects. Emily also sings with the Bach Choir and volunteers in local community projects in Hackney.

Mattis Schneider

Landscape Architect

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

Nick Pusterla

Director

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.

Millie Souter

Horticulturalist and Designer

Millie originally studied Fine Art, painting and drawing at Falmouth College of Arts, followed by Garden Design at Inchbald School of Design where she was awarded the Garden Design School Prize on graduation. She has been gardening professionally most of her life and ran her own business for six years. In 2018 Millie designed an Urban Regeneration Garden for the RHS Flower Show Cardiff, for which she was awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Show. Her love for working outside and being with plants is fuelled by the positive influence her work has on the environment and the opportunity it provides to never stop learning – something she believes is good for the mind, body and soul. She joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2021 and uses her diverse range of skills to divide her time between gardening and design-related work.

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.

Ruth van Loen

Studio Manager

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.

Honor Reekie

Landscape Architect

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.

Ed Shackleton

Director of Horticulture

Ed joined Tom Stuart-Smith in 2015. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English Literature and History of Art. He spent four years as an Associate at TSS and was project lead on a wide range of projects in in the UK and abroad. Alongside this Ed co-ordinated plant procurement across all projects and travelled widely to European nurseries. In May 2022 he was appointed Director of Horticulture.

Frank Wu

Associate

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.

Kate Saldanha

Kate joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2021, having achieved a Masters of Landscape Architecture, First Class Honours with Distinction, and prior to this a Master of Arts in History of Art, First Class Honours, both from the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in new methods of sustainable design in the landscape profession and wilding. Her graduating project, Intelligent Wilderness, explored this at length, looking at the potential for using a wilding strategy in conjunction with sensitive design interventions, modern technology and natural and renewable construction materials, all to create a quality of climate resilience within the landscape. Since graduating, her project has been recognised with the European Council for Landscape Architecture Students (ECLAS) Award and the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape (ESALA) Postgraduate Prize for Contextual Studies.

Ella Tober

Landscape Architect

Ella joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2021. She graduated with a Masters in Landscape Architecture MSc from the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Her background in Art, Psychology and Geography inspired her to follow the path of Landscape Architecture. She is interested in reconnecting the innate relationship between people and nature through design, which is becoming increasingly divided due to densification of the urban environment. Ella explored the restorative qualities of our landscapes, both socially and environmentally in her thesis and carries this understanding into her designs to create healing and inclusive landscapes.

James Trevers

Associate

James studied Geography at the University of Exeter before going onto a Masters in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University. Upon graduating in 2016, he was awarded the Scottish Landscape Institute Best Student Award and UK Landscape Institute Student Dissertation prizes. Since then, James has spent time teaching on a part-time basis at the University of Edinburgh whilst working for rankinfraser Landscape Architecture LLP, before moving to London and working with architectural practice John McAslan + Partners. In this time, James has worked on a range of project uses and scales, from small coastal parks in Scotland to a new concert hall for Moscow. A particular interest in the perception and experience of landscapes and the approach of landscape phenomenology inform his work. James joined Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in 2021 and is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI).