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Jellicoe, Geoffrey

Born - Died : 1900 - 1996

Geoffrey Alan Jellicoe was an English architect, town planner, landscape architect and garden designer. His strongest interest was in landscape and garden design. Geoffrey Jellicoe studied at the Architectural Association in London and later became its principal. His book on Italian Gardens of the Renaissance (1925) led to a commission for the design of the garden at Ditchley Park. Two of Geoffrey Jellicoe's favourite projects are freely open to the public: The Water Garden in Hemel Hempsted and the Kennedy Memorial in Runnymede. Geoffrey Jellicoe's most ambitious English garden design was for Sutton Place in Surrey. In the longer term it is likely that Jellicoe, like Repton, will be valued even more as a landscape theorist than as a landscape designer. Jellicoe had a vast knowledge of landscape design history, as demonstrated by his book on The Landscape of Man, and was keenly interested in applying this knowledge to landscape design projects, as explained in his 3 volume Studies in Landscape Design and in his Guelph Lectures on Landscape Design. Educated in same school as Calvert Vaux (London's Architectural Association), Jellicoe was one of the first to appreciate the shortcomings of a Modernist design approach and arguably became the first Postmodern landscape and garden designer. His friendship with a number of leading modern artists led to an interest in Carl Jung and to Jellicoe's interest in the role of the subconscious in landscape design [see Geoffrey Jellicoe Edited by Sheila Harvey LDT monographs, 1998, ISBN 0 9518377].

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Gardens designed by Jellicoe, Geoffrey