Crispin Downs


Crispin is a chartered landscape architect with thirty years experience as a landscape architect following a degree in fine art and horticultural training. He has worked in planning, and in architectural and engineering practices on a wide range of landscape planning, assessment and design projects.  He was a CABE Space Enabler from 2004 to 2008, and has written landscape guidance for Essex County Council, the Highways Agency and Natural England.  Prior to joining Essex County Council, Crispin worked at Arups on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and led a consultant team at the Highway Agency developing an strategy for landscape, gateways and landmarks for the trunk road network.

Crispin was responsible for developing landscape design at Essex to a team of four, providing a consultancy service for other local authorities in the county. The team works with the urban designers and public arts officers in developing town centre schemes. They have worked for regeneration on a network of improved green spaces in Jaywick, landscape assessment of green belt for Castle Point Borough Council, schemes connected to the Olympic mountain bike event in Hadleigh, green infrastructure strategy studies, Harwich quayside, riverside housing and park and advising on the park and urban spaces around the new Regional Arts Centre in Colchester - Firstsite. 

Crispin worked with Arts organisations and officers in developing ideas for the COAST arts project, and has worked as advisor on integrated approaches to design in Building Schools for the Future initiative and county council initiatives. He worked with Nayan Kilkarni in developing installations and landscapes as part of the proposed Sadler’s Farm national road scheme.