Professor Luca Csepely-Knorr is Chair in Architecture at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture. She is a chartered landscape architect and art and architectural historian educated in Hungary and in the UK. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, landscape architecture and urban history in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently leading the AHRC funded Women of the Welfare Landscape project, that uncovers and celebrates the contribution of women to the shaping of the landscapes of post-war Britain and beyond.
In this lecture, Professor Luca Csepely-Knorr discusses her ongoing Arts and Humanities Research Council-supported research project Women of the Welfare Landscape, focusing on the vital role of landscapes in the manifestation of the ideals of the British welfare state and the yet unappreciated but indispensable contribution of women to this process. The talk uses networks and collaborations of female landscape architects as a lens through which broader questions such as professionalisation, international professional organisations and the role of education, policy and advocacy in the development of post-war landscape architecture can be explored. The lecture ultimately asks what can we learn from the recent past – and the work of women – that will help us tackle the climate and biodiversity emergency.