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5. Nature and place making


Alun Jones of Dow Jones Architects and Cleve West will talk about ideas that place landscape design at the heart of an architecture project. Together Alun and Cleve are making the new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Cardiff, they will talk about their collaboration on the design of this building and the role nature plays in making therapeutic places.

Alun Jones and Cleve West

Alun Jones was born in Caerphilly and studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Bath. He established Dow Jones Architects in 2000, their wide-ranging body of work has won numerous awards and been published internationally. They have developed a reputation for making carefully crafted contemporary architecture often in complex heritage settings. Their work has a strong interest in the relationship between materials and place and what this might say about culture.

Cleve West is a landscape designer whose creative use of space and imaginative planting have put him at the forefront of contemporary garden design in the UK.  Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew under the tutorship of John Brookes, he has won a total of nine RHS Gold Medals (six at the Chelsea Flower Show) and three awards for innovative garden design. Sustainability is the corner stone of Cleve’s philosophy. 

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