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RMA welcomes Rae

RMA welcomes Rae

We’re delighted to welcome a new member of the RMA team, working out of our Worcestershire studio. Rae Luckett joins us as Senior Landscape Architect, from Pegasus where she has been Principle Landscape Architect in the Cirencester office for the last four years.

Rae is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Her work has included a variety of landscape projects within the education, commercial, retail, MoD, healthcare and residential sectors; she has been employed in large, multi-disciplinary design offices as well as smaller landscape architectural practices, and ran her own business Quercus Landscapes. Recently, she has become increasingly interested in ecology and re-wilding, developing particular knowledge which she will bring in to the RMA team alongside her considerable other skills and experience.

We asked Rae a few questions, to get to know her a little better.

What is your favourite garden or landscape? Any of the Welsh mountains… too many to choose from, but one of my favourites is Cadair Idris.

What project have you most enjoyed working on in the last three years? Cheltenham Secondary School – a brand new, £30 million design-and-build school building. I was lead landscape architect working within a multidisciplinary team, and my work embraced design, obtaining planning permission, and producing tender and construction information. The planning process was particularly complex, involving public rights of way, various ecological licences and a number of public consultations. I love the fast pace and challenges that these kinds of projects bring.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? North Wales or New Zealand, at the foot of a big mountain.

What do you think is the biggest contribution that landscape architecture can make to the wellbeing of humans and the planet? The opportunity to design and make accessible all kinds of landscapes which nurture a strong ethos of design, education and enjoyment. Promoting the value of ecology, biodiversity and sustainability and most of all, encouraging a healthy enjoyment of being in nature while embracing the value and importance of our natural green assets.

What are your go-to plants? Dogwoods, sedums, peonies, verbenas, geraniums, Echinacea, Stipa Tenuissima… just for starters.

Which series or films have got you through lockdown? Movies: The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings (doesn’t need to be lockdown!). I loved The Queen’s Gambit, and Bridgerton… such fabulous outfits.

Favourite drink in the studio and out? Rioja. I’m not fussy where I drink it – but maybe best to stick to a cup of Yorkshire tea during studio time!