Clay considers landscapes as the product of cultural and ecological forces that have the capacity to further social and aesthetic relationships. Visual research, site analysis, and historical context are essential to his design process. Prior to joining the office, Clay worked in the US, Europe, and Asia, collaborating on design projects spanning disciplines and scales of intervention. He aspires to research-based practice that aims to create landscapes inspired as much by performance as they are by beauty. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Virginia.
While originally from Australia, Adam relocated from the US where he was principal of his own landscape design studio in the New York Metropolitan area for over 10 years. Being solely responsible for all facets of landscape architecture, Adam specialised in construction management and the preparation of detailed design aspects. He considers achieving clarity of expression throughout the entire design and construction process paramount to ensuring successful projects and brings this conviction to the firm. Adam received his BSc in Landscape Architecture from Cook College, Rutgers University in 2001.
Following completion of a BA in film studies with history of art, architecture and design, Joe worked in the film industry for 7 years. Initially involved in production and development, he moved into film landscaping through a desire to connect physically with projects and materials. Over the next 5 years, Joe worked on a wide range of film sets, among them landscapes for the Harry Potter and Marvel franchises and alongside directors such as Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton. In 2012, he was part of a team in charge of realising the opening sequence to the London Olympic Opening Ceremony, which involved recreating the English countryside within the east London stadium. In 2015, Joe completed an MA in landscape architecture at Greenwich University before joining Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to pursue an interest in less transient and more horticulturally focused landscape design.
After a one year apprenticeship at Kensington Palace Gardens, Hugo enrolled at the Inchbald School of Garden Design where he gained a distinction in diploma as well the Director’s Award. He subsequently spent a year working for Arabella Lennox-Boyd, where he gained valuable experience in master-planning and planting design. He undertook his BA in landscape architecture at the University of Greenwich, graduating with honours in the summer of 2016. He joined Todd Longstaffe-Gowan in October 2016.
Elena joined the studio as a landscape architect in January 2019. A young designer but a seasoned professional she has worked for more than ten years in the public sector, most recently in transport policy, before attaining her MA in Landscape Architecture from Greenwich University in 2017. Elena’s design mantra is that there is no substitute for putting your hand to paper, and she enjoys both drawing and developing concepts. In her spare time Elena can be spotted on the London folk scene, where her Russian button accordion (aka a bayan) is somewhat of an oddity.