Staff profile

Richard  Romang

Richard Romang

Role

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture / Landscape & Garden Design.

Design, CAD, Construction Technology, Landscape Character

Biography

I inherited my interest in the environment from my father who would take me on long walks through the Essex countryside, these walks taught me how to observe the natural world and consider the history of the landscape. I have also been creative from an early age and immersed myself in art and design at school as well as taking history, geography and the sciences. After 15 years working in the city analysing revenues and costs I decided on a change of direction enrolling myself on a Landscape and Garden Design degree course. My choice proved to be correct as I was awarded with a first class BSc (Hons) as well as being awarded a Landscape Research Association best research project in Landscape Design, a nomination for the Aberconway Medal and the best design student award from the college. I have since gone on to gain a Diploma in Landscape Architecture and an MA in Garden Design both with distinction.

Professionally I started work in the industry as a Senior Landscape Designer for a large development company looking after the design, construction and maintenance of a variety of landscapes from gardens and parks to streets and infrastructures. I set up my own design company in 2002 continuing working in the same areas but concentrating on the private sector. I became a member of the Society of Garden Designers and a chartered landscape architect. My concern for the environment continues through membership of Natural England’s Gardening for Wildlife Forum. I have been teaching landscape design to post-graduates and under-graduates for over 15 years and have delivered a number of courses, talks and workshops outside normal teaching for a variety of outside organisations.

I became involved in the healing benefits of landscapes through consultancy work with CADE and have developed an interest in the contemplative nature of landscapes especially relating to the monastic cloister. My research has covered the ecological approach to landscape planting and using native species in modern settings linking to biophilia in cities. I have also studied design approaches for post industrial landscapes.

Outside my work I try to spend time with my family as well as indulge my passion for football having run both my sons football teams. I also keep bees and grow my own fruit and vegetables. I travel extensively in Europe and North America and occasionally I even get to walk in the Essex. countryside.

Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute
Full Member Society of Garden Designers
MA Garden Design (with distinction)
Diploma in Landscape Architecture (with distinction)
BSc (Hons) Landscape & Garden Design (first class)

Subject Areas

Landscape Architecture
Landscape & Garden Design
Landscape Interpretation -Reading the Landscape
Professional Practice
Landscape Professionalism and Ethics
Landscape Construction - Materials Methods & Technologies
Landscape Construction Technology
CAD

Research

Application of software in Landscape Design communication

Landscape character and phenomena

Ecological approaches to planting

Contemplative gardens in healing settings

Post industrial landscapes - conservation led design