Student Profile: Claire Nixon MLA1

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

I first came into contact with Landscape Architecture while working in construction project management, where I was intrigued by the designs and planting plans. I pursued my interest by studying evening classes in Garden Design and Horticulture before starting the conversion Masters in Landscape Architecture, which I am studying part time.I am enjoying the creative focus of the course; I like that we are encouraged to develop our artistic skills and explore opportunities such as urban sketching. I am interested in the history of Landscape Architecture, and I am pleased that we are learning about this on the course. I am also interested in the impact green spaces have on health and wellbeing; and in how communities can be involved in landscapes to create sustainable, attractive places to live and work.

I am passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community and I am a strong believer in the power of Corporate Responsibility. Throughout my career I have organised volunteer opportunities and fundraising events. I have worked with young people to promote careers in technical fields, help develop employability skills and raise aspirations and I aim to continue this into my career in Landscape Architecture.

I grew up in the West Coast of Scotland and have been living and working in Manchester since 2006. After working in construction as a Project Manager for Mace Group, I went on to work as the PA to the Chief Executive at MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency, and I now work part-time as Project Coordinator delivering change to Facilities processes at the Growth Company (a large not-for-profit organisation based in Manchester).


  • MEng Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering, Diploma in Management for Engineers, University of Strathclyde.

  • Level 3 BTEC certificate in Garden Design (Distinction), Reaseheath College

  • RHS Level 2 certificates in Principles of Horticulture, Trafford College

  • Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

  • Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

  • Prince 2 Practioner & APMP Project Management qualifications

  • MLA1 Course Representative

  • MLA Blog contributor

  • Coordinating a 5-year Japanese knotweed treatment programme for my garden and neighbouring properties.


Recent Posts

See All