Alan Tate has a Bachelor's degree in Town and Country Planning and an accredited Diploma in Landscape Design from the University of Manchester, England and a PhD in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art / Heriot Watt University. He has over twenty years professional experience and is a Fellow and Past President of the United Kingdom Landscape Institute and a registered Landscape Architect in Manitoba. Following five years experience in local government and private practice in Nottingham and London he spent nine years running the Clouston landscape consultancy in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia before returning to Europe to lead the landscape design team for EuroDisneyland. Tate then spent nine years based in London, running Clifton Design followed by his own private practice before moving to Canada in 1998 to take up a teaching position at the University of Manitoba. He was Head of Department from 2000 to 2005, from 2011 to 2013 and again from 2014 to 2019.

Professional memberships

Fellow and Past President of the United Kingdom Landscape Institute
Member of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA)
Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)

Current research

Professor Alan Tate has been designing, investigating, writing about and lecturing on urban parks since the early 1980s. His book Great City Parks was published in 2001 and a Chinese-language edition in 2006. In 2009 Tate wrote the entry on City Parks for the Grove/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of American Art. The Second Edition of Great City Parks, with Marcella Eaton, was published in March 2015 and received the Landscape Institute Research + Policy Award for that year.

Tate completed his PhD in 2010. His thesis Typology and Built Environment examined the history of typological studies in architecture and urban design, and explores the categorization of urban space types on the basis of their generic or suffix names. Tate and Eaton have recently been commissioned by Routledge to prepare a book that will be a type-based study of seminal landscape projects world-wide.

Ph.D. Opportunities

The principal area of my research, publication and dissemination over the last twenty-five years has been urban or city parks. This is the one area in which I claim a particular expertise.

Other areas of interest covered by my research and teaching include:

  • planning and design of urban parks
  • urban morphology and public space
  • history of landscape architecture in the western world
  • professional practice of landscape architecture