After 25 years of running his own practice, Kim now works as a strategic and conceptual landscape consultant. He collaborates with architects and landscape architects around the world and combines designing with the muddy practicalities of running a small farm in Hampshire, where he is now based.

Kim studied history at Oxford and landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, before setting up his landscape studio in London in 1989. He continues to teach and lecture in America; writes optimistically about land and place from Hampshire; and meddles in various national committees on landscape and environmental policy in the UK. Kim’s book Led by the Land (Pimpernel Press, 2019) explores the ideas behind his projects.

Currently Kim is working on a combination of new town extensions, Oxford campuses, private estates, the redesign of Wakehurst Place for the Royal Botanic Garden and a sculptural earthform for the Dulwich Picture Gallery. 




Doctor of Science honoris causa (University of Winchester)
Royal Designer for Industry
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Fellow of the Landscape Institute
MA Landscape Architecture (University of California, Berkeley)
MA Modern History (New College, Oxford)



Led by the Land Pimpernel Press, 2019 – ISBN 978 1 910258 52 1
Led by the Land Frances Lincoln, 2012 – ISBN 978 0 7112 3325 6
Indignation Kit-Cat Books, 2000 – ISBN 0 9538897 0 X
Arcadian Thames Barn Elms, 1994 – ISBN 1 899531 00 9
Thames Landscape Strategy, Hampton to Kew 1994 – ISBN 0 952359 0 X


2017 Landscape Institute – Winner Urban Design and Masterplanning
2016 University of California, Berkeley – Distinguished Alumnus award
2012 Garden Media Guild Inspirational Book of the Year
2011 American Society of Landscape Architects – Penn/Del Merit Award for Design
2010 American Society of Landscape Architects – New Jersey Honor Award
2006 Europa Nostra – Highly Commended for the V&A Courtyard Garden
2003 RIBA and Civic Trust Awards for Blackwell Arts & Crafts Museum, Cumbria
1999 United States EDRA Award for Place Design
1897-1997 Country Life Centenary Award
1996 Royal Town Planning Institute – Planning Achievement in London
1994 Francis Tibbalds Award for Planning Achievement in London
1984 American Society of Landscape Architects – California State Award

advisory positions

2021- South Downs Partnership Board
2012- South Downs National Park Design Review Panel
2006 John Gummer and Zac Goldsmith Quality of Life Policy Group
2000-2005 Mayor of London’s Public Realm Advisory Group
2000-2006 English Heritage – Urban Panel
2000-2002 The Royal Parks Advisory Board
1999-2005 The National Trust – Gardens Advisory Panel
1996-2000 Heritage Lottery Fund – Urban Parks Programme
1995-97 Secretary of State for the Environment’s Thames Advisory Group
1994-99 Garden History Society Council
1992-96 Thames Landscape Strategy (Hampton to Kew) Steering Committee