Neil Corteen, NDAH, BA(Hons), MA

I`m an independent spatial planner, specialising in the design of outdoor space, in particular garden design.  My work culminates interests and knowledge in practical horticulture, natural processes, design and the use of space.

I have hands on experience in landscape maintenance and as a creative enabler in the design process, bringing people together and working with them to formulate concepts and designs.  

Professional development

My passion for gardening started in childhood, this interest expanded into design, nature and the physiology of space.  I gained a Diploma in Horticulture which was followed by practical experience working for a landscape organisation in Northern Europe. Inspired by the redeveloping Berlin I returned to study and gained a Masters in Urban and Rural Planning, specialising in spatial design, the natural environment and public participation.

Horticultural experience

I have worked at a tree and shrub nursery, in grounds maintenance at the University of Edinburgh and the Cadogan Estate in London and as a landscape foreman in the UK, Belgium and Germany. 

Design experience

I have worked for the urban design consultancy URBED in Manchester which entailed visioning work for whole neighbourhoods, managing landscape architects input and as a community based designer for the Glass House Charity Trust.

Formal qualifications

National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture, Myerscough College (UK), graduated with distinction 1990 

Masters in Urban and Rural Planning, Univ. of Manchester (UK) and Melbourne (Australia), graduated with honours 2001