Todd Longstaffe-Gowan read Environmental Studies at the University of Manitoba, Landscape Architecture at Harvard University and completed his PhD in Historical Geography at University College, London. He has also carried out post-doctoral research at Yale University, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Since entering private practice in 1990 Todd has advised on a number of public and private historic landscapes. He has developed and implemented long-term landscape management plans for the National Trust, English Heritage and a wide range of private owners in the UK and abroad. He has similarly had extensive input in the conservation and redevelopment of a variety of historic landscapes including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace Gardens and The Crown Estate (Central London). In 1995 he co-ordinated the revision of The Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest (in London) for English Heritage and the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust.
Todd has also been responsible for a number of new garden and landscape designs in Britain and abroad, including the precincts of Southwark Cathedral, London; new extensive gardens at Villa Terranova in Umbria; Stackallan House in Co. Meath, Ireland; Fustic House, St Lucy and Bauva, Cattlewash in Barbados. He has worked on the private estates in the UK, France, Greece, Qatar, South Africa, and Trinidad. He is currently collaborating with Gianni Botsford Architects and Mole Architects to design a new village on a 500-acre hillside site in Taiwan for the Taiwan Land Development Corporation, and with Jamie Fobert Architects to create a new landscape setting for Kettle’s Yard (art gallery) in Cambridge.
He recently designed a new garden for Marylebone School in Central London (RIBA National Award), the landscape setting for Clore Learning Centre in the Tiltyard at Hampton Court Palace, and created and implemented a new garden in Chapel Court at Hampton Court Palace (for Historic Royal Palaces) to mark the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the Throne. In March 2012 he completed the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens (the eleven acre pleasure ground around the Palace) to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.
He holds a variety of advisory roles including Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces (with responsibilities at five Royal Palaces in Greater London); and founder member and President of the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust.
He lectures widely on landscape history and design both in Britain and abroad, is a lecturer on the MA course in Historical and Sustainable Architecture at New York University, and contributes regularly to a range of publications including Country Life, The Times, Apollo, Art Review, Garden History, The Sunday Telegraph, The Journal of Garden History, The Art Newspaper, The Burlington Magazine and World of Interiors. He is founder and editor of The London Gardener, journal of the London Parks and Gardens Trust, and is the author of The London Town Garden 1700-1840 (Yale University Press, 2001), The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace (Frances Lincoln, 2005), and The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town (Yale University Press, 2012) - winner of the 2013 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.