Jo Murray - The Open College of the Arts

Jo Murray

I have always had a love for landscape and plants, and some of my earliest memories are of working in the garden as a child, helping my Mum to grow vegetables and cut flowers. I now work as a self-employed and freelance Garden Designer, which is a career that corrals many of my passions and interests.

I have an academic background and my interests have always been of an interdisciplinary nature, and Garden Design is inherently interdisciplinary in practice. My main area of research explored aftermath aesthetics across New Brutalist forms, including literature, architecture, visual art and installation space, and I continue to have a strong interest in mid-century design. I frequently take design inspiration from unexpected places, and biodiversity is high on my agenda when designing gardens. I get a great deal of satisfaction from seeing plants and wildlife thrive in spaces that I have had a hand in creating.

I have taught in Higher Education for a number of years, lecturing in English Literature and Cultural Studies, and I have also taught Academic Skills as I particularly enjoy supporting students throughout the wider learning process.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time on the allotment, playing music in a band, creating vintage inspired clothes, running, hiking and writing (a recently published piece can be found here).

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