Firstly thank you to Antonella and Abi for setting this up - fantastic to have somewhere for all of us to meet and discuss shared experiences and issues and learn from each other.
I am an Associate at Cracknell focusing on Marketing and BD although I started life as a Landscape Architect in the more traditional sense. I came to Cracknell about 8 weeks ago and in conducting an initial audit of business process and marketing it's been fascinating looking at things from the international perspective. Whilst I'm UK based I represent Cracknell globally-they are HQ'd in Dubai with studios in London, Shenzhen and Abu Dhabi amongst others.
Talking to Brodie previously I think it's vital for the international members to have a forum to learn from practice in the UK as well as disseminating knowledge of what's going on in other areas of the World. I would welcome:
- Speaking opportunities in the UK from the International members to UK members and vice versa.
- Representation of landscape work at the LI Awards equally across all territories, based on merit of the project work alone.
- A list of equivalent qualifications to the CMLI to understand how professional development is working globally.
- Legal guidance on the relationship of the various institute qualifications to the law in different countries inc the UK.
- More opportunities to engage with the universities in the UK to talk about work around the world-I think this is a vital part of addressing perceptions about international work from the UK and in educating the new generations in, for instance: what has been learned from building in inhospitable environments and how can this be applied to the climate challenges faced in temperate zones.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list and I'd be interested to hear what others have to say/add to this?
And to come back to what Lionel says above - would love to see an International Branch!