Noel Farrer

DSE Panel Deputy Chair

Noel Farrer has successfully practised as a landscape architect for 30 years and has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has run Farrer Huxley Associates, an award-winning urban and landscape design company, for over 18 years and is currently President of the Landscape Institute.

Noel Farrer has completed a wide range of projects, from large-scale residential schemes and high-end public realm, through to parks and schools. His most well-known work includes the Parkland Walk Green Corridor linking residential areas from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park in north London. The Broadwater Farm Landscape Project, where he was commissioned to deliver landscape and community solutions following the famous riots, is widely acknowledged as having helped initiate the healing process for a disenfranchised and destitute community. At Chelsea Open Air Nursery, he created a magical, playful landscape for a school at which 80% of learning takes place outside. It is now a recognised centre of excellence in early years education. Farrer went on to design further exemplar education environments including at  the American School in London and at Golden Lane Campus near Londons Barbican where his intervention set a precedent for many urban landscapes in the years to come.

More recent work includes Island Point for Squire and Partners in Canary Wharf; City Tower public realm for Great Portland Estates in the City of London; The Deptford Project for Cathedral Group in Deptford; and St John’s Hill Estate Regeneration for Peabody in Clapham.

Noel is currently reviewing many of the country’s large infrastructure projects.  As chair of policy for the Landscape Institute for four years, he has delivered best practice guidance across many areas including an upcoming paper on health and well being. He is a regular columnist for Horticulture Weekand a visiting speaker for a number of landscape architect and garden design courses across the country.