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Bill Burford

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Design

In his current role as Academic Subject Group Leader for Constructed Environments, Bill operationally manages staff, students and all areas of teaching, learning and research within the subject group, including overseas courses. Bill is also responsible for curriculum development of a new suite of…


Bill studied Amenity Horticulture, before BA Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University and PGDip LA at Greenwich University. He has recently completed MA in Leadership and Management and is exploring PhD subjects.

His working career started as a Horticulturalist, Arboriculturalist and Landscape & Garden Designer, before progressing on to Landscape Architecture practice. Bill has worked on Historic Landscape and Garden restoration projects in the UK and Europe; golf course architecture, landscape management projects, urban and community design and planning schemes, green infrastructure projects, therapeutic gardens, and commercial, residential and recreational landscape projects. Career highlights so far include working on Royal Palace Landscapes in Romania, Eco- tourism in Hungary, as well as design and construction of garden festivals and TV garden and interior design series. UK

Between 2007 – 2013, Bill was course leader for BA Landscape Architecture; Has course led MA Landscape Architecture and has held the role of Subject leader for Art courses (2012-15) and Design courses (2012-15)


  • MA: University of Gloucestershire, HELM, 2018
  • PG Dip, Landscape Architecture, University of Greenwich, 2001
  • BA (Hons): Landscape Architecture, Leeds Metropolitan University, 1993
  • National Dip, Amenity Horticulture, Norfolk Agricultural College & Writtle College, 1987


Recognition of contribution to Sustainability at University of Gloucestershire (2018)

Green Gown – Finalist: Education for Sustainability 2016

Most Outstanding Lecturer, Student led teaching awards 2013

Green Gown awards for sustainability – courses 2011

University of Gloucestershire Excellence award -Promoting Sustainability 2009


Academic Member Landscape Institute (2010)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2007)

Membership of professional bodies

Academic Member Landscape Institute (2010)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2007)

Teaching & Research


Bill is passionate about teaching Landscape Architecture and brings well-practiced skills and a wealth of knowledge relating to historic and new concept gardens, landscape planning and urban landscape spaces. Applied sustainability, construction, and planting design within domestic and public realm landscapes. Bill advocates active and reflective learning methods.

In 2013 Student led teaching awards, he was awarded Most Outstanding Lecturer.


More publications from Bill Burford can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

External Examiner for Hull University, Leeds Met University, Leeds Beckett University, Bath University, Kingston University and Greenwich University. (Landscape Architecture; Landscape And Garden design)