My route to landscape architecture came about through my activities as a musician and composer. I completed my PhD in music composition from Huddersfield university in 2017; my portfolio explored and investigated how musicians have appealed to nature in their work throughout history, from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, to John Cage’s chance compositions, to Björk’s ‘Biophilia’. I became fascinated with the different ways that humans construct an image of nature, which although often far removed from the reality of the nonhuman world (nature has always been a nebulous concept), give rise to beautiful and creative ideas that tell us alot about ourselves. Naturally this thought process led me to landscape architecture, as it is a discipline wherein humans directly act out their constructions of the natural world, and although these constructions remain entirely artificial they can nonetheless benefit humans, plants and animals in myriad ways.
Student Profile: Beavan Flanagan MLA2
Updated: Nov 1, 2019