IMS landscape consultancy

Ian Simkins BSc, Dip LA, PCHE, PhD, FHEA, MI Hort, CMLI
Chartered Landscape Architect



Socially Restorative Urbanism


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IMS Landscape Consultancy is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Garden Design Practice based near York in North Yorkshire. IMS Landscape Consultancy specialise in the creation of meaningful outdoor places where experience is considered as important as aesthetics and function.

IMS Landscape Consultancy services offer comprehensive and bespoke design solutions, we work in a variety of Landscape Architecture disciplines including garden design, urban design and rural public realm settings as well as in schools.

Ian Simkins has been involved in designing landscapes since 1995. Design skills are
employed creatively using knowledge and experience gained from over fifteen years in practice.

While at college Ian was the co-designer of the Silver-Gilt winning Askham Bryan College entry at the 1994 Chelsea Flower Show. Ian subsequently taught garden design at Askham Bryan College, and has been lecturing in Higher Education since 2000 initially at Leeds Metropolitan University and subsequently as an Associate Tutor at the University of Sheffield.
In addition to being a Chartered Landscape Architect, Ian's first degree is in
horticulture, he is a corporate  member of the Institute of Horticulture and a
co-founder of Experiential Landscape (, with colleague Dr. Kevin Thwaites of the University of Sheffield.

In 2007 Ian and Kevin published their research:
Experiential Landscape: An approach to people, space and place
The book is available from:
Click here to download a pdf version of the book synopsis.

New book due for publication August 2013:
Socially Restorative Urbanism
The theory, process and practice of Experiemics
By Kevin Thwaites, Alice Mathers, Ian Simkins
Please click this link for more information.

In addition to the experiential landscape research, Ian and Kevin are also active members of UStED (Urban Sustainability through Environmental Design) an International network of urban design theorists and practitioners formed to research, co-ordinate and disseminate tools of sustainable urban design, with special emphasis on urban public space and its value to sustaining fulfilled lives (

The UStED book: Urban Sustainability Through Environmental Design: Approaches to Time, People and Place Responsive Urban Spaces, is available from Taylor and Francis.

The book is edited by Sergio Porta, Ombretta Romice, Kevin Thwaites and Mark Greaves with contributions from: Mark Greaves, Sergio Porta, Ombretta Romice, Kevin Thwaites, Nastaran Azmin-Fouladi, Carole Després, Graeme Evans, Jo Foord, Hildebrand Frey, Barbara Golicnik, Vito Latora, Florent Joerin, Alice Mathers, Eugenio Morello, Aurore Nembrini, Peter Newman, John L. Renne, Dr Carlo Ratti,
Ian Simkins and Dr Geneviève Vachon.
r and view a synopsis.

Landscape Design with People in Mind
Site design: Ian Simkins last update: 14 May, 2013


Experiential Landscape: An approach to people, space and place Socially Restorative Urbanism