Spending time in a landscape, listening to its
story and working with it to design change

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The Practice

Armstrong Bell landscape design is an award-winning landscape architecture practice founded in 1984 by Diana Armstrong Bell. Working internationally across a range of climate zones, the practice is known for distinctive, innovative designs that are site specific and sensitive to context.

Original, contemporary designs for urban parks and spaces have won six international design competitions and been finalists in a further three. The practice works collaboratively with associated design professionals focussing on urban landscapes, parks, master planning and the greening of cities.

Diana Armstrong Bell

Diana Armstrong Bell

Diana’s approach to landscape design is creative and original. She uses, hand drawing, collage and modelling, to develop design ideas. Defining the particular essence of a landscape is the starting point for each new project. Every place has its own story where landscape and people are intertwined. Designs are born out of the history and memories adding a new chapter to that story. The sculptural qualities of the natural landscape and the inspiration of artists, particularly Kazimir Malevich enrich the design process and have led to re-imagining the spatial arrangement of new landscapes.

Diana has designed and built projects in the UK, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Jordan. She has a considerable plant knowledge spanning temperate, Mediterranean and arid climate zones along with an understanding of the associated cultural context.

She lectures widely in the UK and Europe, taught Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich and The Inchbald School of Design whilst writing about landscape and place, and practicing art.

Diana completed an art foundation course followed by a diploma in Landscape Architecture at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design. She is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute.


2004 University of Lincoln Landscape Masterplan – winning design
2003 Canary Wharf Sculptures – winning design
1999 Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, London – finalist
1997 Parco Certosa, Milan, Italy – winning design
1996 1996 Crystal Palace Park, London – finalist
1995 King Georges Park, London Borough of Wandsworth – winning design
1995 Parc Urbain de Planoise, Ville de Besancon, France – finalist
1992 Parc du Lac de Senart , France – winning design
1989 Sakhir Golf Course & Leisure Centre, Bahrain – winning design