Sam James - Senior Landscape Architect

Sam James

Sam is a cornerstone, a footballer, a gardener, a pragmatist and an experienced details man.

Having gained a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Liverpool University (2006) Sam’s landscape education was undertaken at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he completed a two year Masters conversion course, graduating in 2013. Sam joined Urban Wilderness following graduation and has played an integral role within the company ever since.

Prior to completing his masters degree, Sam spent eight years working as a landscape contractor, involved in both construction and grounds maintenance. This valuable experience, coupled with both an architectural and landscape architectural education, has given Sam a wealth of practical knowledge and a strong focus on detailed design and practical implementation. Sam is passionate about creating quality landscapes which benefit both people and biodiversity and enjoys the detail and problem solving which goes into creating them.

Sam is a licentiate member of the Landscape Institute and is currently undertaking his Pathway to Chartership.

Contact Sam

T: 0113 472 0030

Portswood Road

This urban realm scheme integrates six student accommodation blocks together via a series of courtyard spaces. Like all…

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Court Lodge

This legacy project seeks to create a high quality, attractive and sustainable new community to the south of Ashford in…

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Bloom! St. Helen’s Moorish Stitch

Urban Wilderness were commissioned to work with McArthurGlen to develop a new, temporary garden for the Bloom! Festival…

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Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, North York Moors National Park

Working for the Benedictine community of 28 nuns who had moved north from Worcestershire, Urban Wilderness produced land…

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Greening The City Strategy, Nottingham Trent University

A well designed landscape can foster a feeling of belonging, a recognisable identity, a community focus and a sense of p…

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NTU, Brackenhurst Campus

A ‘Landscape Strategy’ has been developed in order to map and evaluate the quality, condition and use of the existin…

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Railway Reclamation Park, Doncaster

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Lisbon University

Working in collaboration with Munro+Whitten, Urban Wilderness won the delegates choice award for the Lisbon University D…

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Goldsmith Gateway

Public realm project for a site straddling Goldsmith Street in Nottingham city centre which forms a key entrance/arrival…

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Designer Outlet York

Urban Wilderness were commissioned to assess the landscape surrounding the Designer Outlet to the south of York and to p…

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Reception and Environment Centre, Brackenhurst Campus

An important landmark project for Nottingham Trent's Brackenhurst campus, providing cutting edge research and teaching f…

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Matley Lane, Tameside, Manchester

Helping to deliver new homes as part of the Greater Manchester Housing Review, with an emphasis on establishing vibrant…

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Rushcliffe School

Urban Wilderness provided planning support, followed by the detailed design of external spaces for a new Language, Music…

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Garden Design, Cambridge

The landscape proposals for this large new-build contemporary house consisted of a series of “garden rooms” created…

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Private Garden, Bristol

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Hook Lane

Working with LRM Planning and Brookbanks Consulting, Urban Wilderness designed and submitted proposals for a new mixed u…

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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Options for streetscape enhancements aimed at re-balancing the ratio of “bypassers” to “paying visitors”, couple…

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North Entrance, HSE Headquarters, Liverpool

Recently completed landscape proposals which visually lifts one's approach to the headquarters of the Health and Safety…

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St Mary’s Green

A landscape led masterplan which seeks to create a high quality, attractive and sustainable community. A series of inter…

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