Geoffrey Jellicoe landscape architect: interview and review of his work

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe teaching c1980 (with Michael Lancaster and Tom Turner to his right)  at Thames Polytechnic, which became the University of Greenwich

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1900 -1996) was an English architect, town planner, landscape architect, garden designer and author. Jellicoe was a founder member of the Institute of Landscape architects (now the Landscape Institute), in 1929, and its President from 1939-1949.  In 1948, Jellicoe became the founding President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Jellicoe taught landscape architecture at the University of Greenwich in his ’80s. In this interview (filmed when Jellicoe was aged 93) he talks about:

  • Lancelot Capability Brown (‘one of the great designers in the world without doubt’)
  • Royal Lodge and Sandringham Gardens, for the royal family
  • St Paul’s Walden Bury
  • Kennedy Memorial and the role of the subconscious in landscape design (inspired by Carl Gustav Jung)
  • Sutton Place, with its great sculpture by Ben Nicholson



Tom Turner