John P Newman is a Tutor in Landscape Architecture.

He is an experienced practising Chartered Landscape Architect and Chartered Architect and a Board Trustee at Warley Woods Community Park, West Midlands near to where he currently resides.

In private practice, whilst working as an architect on the construction phase of a number of £20m school and university projects, he formally studied Landscape Architecture attaining a distinction at post graduate level. He then set up the landscape team at ADP architecture Ltd, being involved in many different projects; public realm, educational, historical community and environmental.

He is now a sole practitioner with his own practice Red Bear Landscape Ltd. which focuses on a current stream of both architectural and residential work which is enabling him to meet with and liaise with minority communities and groups, establishing their project briefs, delivering concepts and procuring mainly planning applications and buildable projects using a voluntary community workforce, for example.

John has also been involved with Donald Insall Associates/Birmingham City Council and the National Trust working on the strategic masterplan and the design of a community garden and public realm at the Edwardian Grade II* Listed Moseley Baths in Birmingham which last year received planning permission. He is looking forward to taking this forward in the detailing and construction phases.

John is particularly passionate about the social research, preservation and repurposing heritage elements in innovative and sustainable ways adding interesting layers to contemporary practical and robust projects.

He has, from a young age, spent time learning about plants from his passion in gardening and nature, and has quite extensive horticultural knowledge which focusses on choosing plants for his designs to grow in the right environment and sustainably. His current stream of work is allowing him to meet new people, get back to designing projects first hand and to re-kindle his passion for growing experimental groupings of plants in his allotment.

In his spare time he is predominantly a watercolour artist and won one of the wildcard heats of Skyarts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016.