Since co-founding Gustafson Porter + Bowman in 1997, Neil has led the practice’s defining projects worldwide, whilst championing the discipline of landscape architecture.
Neil is passionate about visiting sites to understand the unique historical, cultural, socio-economic, geographical and botanical influences, as well as the specific requirements of clients and users. It is this depth of engagement which inspires Gustafson Porter’s work.
Neil’s key projects include: the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain; the Garden of Forgiveness and Shoreline Walk in Beirut; Bay East, Singapore; Mezyad Desert Park, Abu Dhabi; and Taikoo Place and Lobbies, Hong Kong. His designs for the HM Treasury Courtyards in London; Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam and Old Market Square, Nottingham have received many prestigious awards. In 2008 Gustafson Porter + Bowman designed the first ever landscape installation at the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice.
As well as regularly joining national and international design juries and panels, Neil currently sits on the Design Council CABE, Crossrail, South+East, Greenwich and Nottingham Design Review panels. He publishes and lectures internationally.
Neil studied architecture at Newcastle University and the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 1983 with a diploma with honours, subsequently tutoring until 1989. He worked concurrently with a number of leading architectural practices and designers, including Alsop and Lyall, John Gould, and Ian Ritchie. It was in 1984, whilst working with Bernard Tschumi on Paris’ Parc de la Villettte, that he met Kathryn Gustafson.