Tom Stuart-Smith, Jamie Fobert and Ptolemy Dean in conversation at the Garden Museum


Image: Tom Stuart-Smith © Andrew Lawson

8 June 2011

Fobert, Dean and Stuart-Smith explore the relationship between buildings and gardens

To coincide with its latest exhibition, Planting Paradise: the Gardens of Tom Stuart-Smith, the Garden Museum will bring together acclaimed architects Jamie Fobert and Ptolemy Dean with Tom Stuart-Smith for an 'in conversation' event. Fobert, Dean and Stuart-Smith will explore the relationship between buildings and gardens when creating new landscapes in what promises to be a wide-ranging discussion.

Both architects have collaborated with the Chelsea-winning garden designer in recent years. Jamie Fobert designed a bronze pavilion for Tom Stuart-Smith's Laurent Perrier Garden for the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show, which was awarded a Gold medal. Ptolemy Dean and Tom Stuart-Smith have worked together on private commissions and Dean has designed buildings for Stuart-Smith's own garden at his family home in Hertfordshire.

Jamie Fobert established his own practice in 1996 having worked for David Chipperfield Architects. His practice has won several awards including the RIBA and English Heritage 'Award for a building in an historic context' for the Anderson House in 2003 and the Next Generation Award in 2007. The practice has won two major public commissions: the extension of Kettles Yard Gallery in Cambridge and the extension to Tate St Ives.
Ptolemy Dean specialises in conservation work to historic buildings, additions to historic buildings and the design of new buildings in sensitive locations. He was historic buildings adviser on BBC 2's Restoration series and serves on the English Heritage London Advisory Committee and Salisbury Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee.

Tom Stuart-Smith is one of the most influential and admired garden designers working today. He has won eight Gold Medals for gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show, was responsible for creating a new garden at Windsor Castle to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, and for the reinvention of England's largest formal garden at Trentham in Staffordshire. For the first time, his work will form the basis of a major exhibition at the Garden Museum in London.

Related exhibition: Planting Paradise: the Gardens of Tom Stuart-Smith