Dr Bridget Snaith
Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture
Place Research Group, Sustainability Research Institute, Chartered Member Landscape Institute, Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE)
A chartered landscape architect, urban designer, social researcher and educator, Bridget joined UEL as a Senior Lecturer in September 2015. Bridget has been director or partner in her own practice since 1996, primarily designing landscapes, and delivering regeneration programmes for the UK’s public and voluntary sector. She was appointed a Design Council Built Environment Expert in 2015, for her work in ethnicity and inclusion in public space.
Her practice Shape founded in 2004 with Richard Peckham ASLA contributed to the All London Green Grid in 2011, leading the Framework for Brent Valley & Barnet Plateau. Bridget was a CABE Enabler in 2009, advising Sheffield Homes on development of their play and open space strategy. She led an EU funded study in designing out crime in outdoor space / river corridors for Groundwork in 2006. She established one of the UK’s first Business Improvement Districts in Waterloo, and led their public realm projects from 2001-2007, where she sat on the Central London Partnerships panels briefing Jan Gehl’s walking study of London and the Legible London wayfinding system alongside SBEG in. She became an HLF expert advisor 1998-2001, based on ground-breaking public realm work in Llandudno removing guard railing and improving pedestrian movement.
She has taught part time since 1996, in Architecture and Landscape Design and was appointed in September 2015 to lead the new MA in Professional Landscape Architecture at UEL. She leads on strategic design, regeneration, design and community engagement for Shape.
Built Environment Expert, Design Council UK, Partner, Shape Landscape Architecture
– PhD Sociology, City University July 2015
“The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Whose Values, Whose Benefits? Investigating Ethnic Minority Under-Representation in UK Parks”
- Equalities impact assessment, Croydon Destination
Bridget’s empirical research work is mainly directed at interrogating the relationship between whiteness in the built environment professions, and ethnic minority under representation in parks and greenspaces in the UK. She is working to address ongoing health inequality relating to lack of culturally inclusive approaches to park and public realm design. Other research interests relate to environmental justice, co – design, and community engagement.
Bridget leads teaching in design theory, and also leads some modules in design studio/ practice for Landscape Architecture.