We are a small team passionate about making places better
HERE+NOW is a team of dedicated landscape architects, urban designers and place-makers who are passionate about improving everyday places through delivered built environment design, community engagement, urban research and curated works.
Using 'co-design' user centred design methods, and our landscape architecture and urban design expertise, the HERE+NOW team work on a not-for-profit basis to deliver projects which make places better, and engage and empower people in their local environment. We share these outputs and involve people in the process via research, publications, films, photography and curated events and exhibitions.
Liz Thomas CMLI is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 10 years in practice. Liz has experience working both for large multi-disciplinary companies and as a freelance consultant. Liz is a Co-founder and Director at HERE+NOW.
Liz loves working on projects which make a difference to people while creating space for nature; she remains convinced that every project needs a landscape architect... and sets out to prove it! She works to elevate the voice and value of place-making by design. In 2013 she co-founded the Wasteland Collective as a virtual project office to explore the potential of urban wastelands. The interdisciplinary group ran workshops, curated public exhibitions, and created pop-up events in Edinburgh. These works are the groundswell for setting up HERE+NOW. Teaching is a great way to maintain a fresh perspective and explore the boundaries of the profession. Liz is a part-time tutor on the landscape architecture degree courses at ESALA, The University of Edinburgh, and a guest critic at Strathclyde University.
Jenny Elliott CMLI is a Chartered Landscape Architect, with particular expertise in urban design, visual communication and research. Her work involves a mix of research and design processes, with a focus on user experience of the built environment as a way to design better places. Jenny is a Co-founder and Director at HERE+NOW.
Jenny is interested in designing for the health and well-being of people in cities, in particular how this applies to urban public spaces and restorative green environments, and ways this can complement more ecological approaches. As part of her postgraduate research she collaborated with Gehl Architects on this topic in 2011. Since then, Jenny has gained additional practical professional experience in landscape architecture, urban design, and community engagement in Australia and the UK. She has particular expertise in evidence based studies of existing built environment condition, user experience and public life, and how findings from this research can be translated into design outcomes. Jenny has also spent recent years progressing innovative place-based projects that merge citizen, designer and the built environment, including 'Hold Me Dear'. Jenny has an MA Hons in Geography from University of Edinburgh (1st Class), and a Masters in Landscape Architecture (Distinction) from University of Copenhagen and Leeds Beckett University, for which she won the annual LDA Award for 'Excellence in Design'.
Fiorella Modolo is an Urban Designer and Illustrator. Fiorella developed an interest in place-making whilst studying Spatial Design in Edinburgh and Architecture in Venice. She is highly skilled in graphic design, illustration, urban design and community engagement.
Fiorella graduated with a First Class BDes (Hons) in Interior and Spatial Design at Edinburgh Napier University in 2015, receiving a University Medal and Best In Show Award for her graduation project on Pedestrian Redevelopment in Venice. She is constantly evolving and applying her interest for public spaces as an Urban Designer at HERE+NOW and in her work as freelance Illustrator. She has a wealth of experience, including visual communication and graphic design, hand-drawn illustration, facilitating community engagement events, and in urban and spatial design projects.
HERE+NOW works with a network of collaborators who provide input on a project specific basis. We work with people with varied skills and expertise to complement our core. Our regular contributors are:
Ellie Clarke is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over ten years experience, most recently as a Director at One A Studio. During this time she has developed skills in master planning, concept scheme design, detail design, graphic design, construction administration and LVIAs. Ellie takes pride in her ability to understand the needs of the end user and evolution of a design over time.
Graeme MacKellaig is an Interior Architect, Urban Designer and Illustrator. Graeme is interested in the relationship between urban design and culture. Graeme loves to get involved in practical on-the-ground research and to discover on a person-to-person level the opinions and experiences of those people using a place or experiencing a design.
Selby Richardson is an architect, planner and urban designer with experience in urban design strategies, public realm design and environmental improvement. At Urban Design Futures, Selby has led a wide range of urban regeneration projects in Edinburgh and central Scotland for public and private sector clients.
Lisa Jeffrey is a Landscape Architect and a people person! She has a keen interest in engaging people with the places around them. Lisa previously worked for OKRA in The Netherlands, where she developed a passion for promoting the importance of being connected and stimulated by the places around us. Lisa is particularly skilled in school engagement workshops, and is a trained teacher. Lisa is a co-founder of HERE+NOW.