Alistair W Baldwin Associates

What we do

AWB Associates specialises in the creation of public and private gardens and landscapes that are timeless, memorable and meaningful.  Our work is underpinned by a respect for our built and landscape heritage, and much of what we do results in the illumination, appreciation and enjoyment of significant buildings and places.

We work closely with like-minded architects, engineers, interior designers, craftsmen and women, ecologist and many other specialists to deliver well-crafted places.  Where a project allows, we create planting schemes that bring nature, delight and dramatic seasonality to the site, producing management plans and working with maintenance staff to ensure longevity of our creations.

Our collective experience and skills across a wide range of media and software allows us to interface with other professionals while assembling planning and listed building applications for our clients, and our track record for gaining planning consents in challenging environments is excellent.  We offer the full range of design services, from inception and site assessment through masterplanning and visualisations to construction design, planting design and project management.  We also manage other consultants on behalf of the client.  Our current portfolio of projects includes:

  • Boutique country hotels

  • New build country houses

  • Large country estates

  • Leisure parks 

  • Private gardens

  • Public parks

The Team

Alistair W Baldwin BA(Hons) DipLA

Alistair qualified as a landscape architect in 1992, and following a 12 year spell as an academic at Leeds Metropolitan University and a 5 year term as director of a landscape design firm in York he established his own practice outside Ripon, North Yorkshire. His passion for planting design and the genius of the place has lead to commissions around the UK, ranging in size from small courtyard gardens to large country estates.

Having a diplomat as a father meant that Alistair grew up amongst the varied and deeply memorable landscapes and cultures of Spain, Italy, Syria and the Lebanon, and his work today is influenced by a passion for architecture and the natural world.  In particular, his works reflects a fascination with the way in which horticulture can affect the mood, scale and spirit of a place through the manipulation of scale colour and texture.

Alistair is supported by a team of qualified landscape architects, who's combined skills span masterplanning, planning applications, planting design, technical construction design, project management and team working.  The team works closely with architects, interior designers, lighting designers and specialist advisors to bring our portfolio of design projects to fruition.  

Jonathan McNally HND Hort LMLI PG Cert Project Management


After studying Horticulture at Askham Bryan college, York, Jonathan pursued his landscape and golf industry career in the Middle East and Malta.


Initially, Jonathan took on the role of Project Manager in Dubai for a landscape contractor and, later, headed operations for a public/private partnership managing national and heritage landscape assets in Malta.

Most recently he has focused on post contract supervision and contract administration of landmark, multi-disciplinary projects throughout the Middle East as an Associate Landscape Architect. Jonathan’s strengths in technical construction design, project management and team working support both the design and construction of our projects.

Jonathan has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Project management and is currently following the Pathway to Chartership to become a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute.

Jia Papst MA CMLI


Jia is a naturally creative person and passionate about good design. Her excellent design and project management skills are accompanied by a very good technical understanding. Having completed her BA (Hons) Urban Design & Architecture in 2001 at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, Jia studied at The University of Sheffield, gaining her MA in Landscape Design. Before she joined AWB Associates in April 2016, Jia worked as a landscape consultant for 12 years both in the UK and China.


During that time she gained excellent experience working on a number of high profile projects which comprised conceptual and design work, development of detail production information, project coordination and supervision up to project completion.

Jia is highly proficient across a range of software packages, and her flair for design is applied to all stages of our projects, from masterplanning country hotels to the design and detailing of bespoke installations.

Rosie Turner MA


Rosie completed her first class honours degree and MA in Landscape architecture at The University of Sheffield, where she developed her passion for plants and planting design.  Before joining AWB Associates in 2017, Rosie spent four years at a private practice in York where her portfolio included the design of numerous gardens, including collaborating with Nigel Dunnett on the planting of The Barbican, and the development of a greening strategy for Mayfair and Belgravia for the Duke of Westminster's London estate.

Rosie works across all stages of the design process, applying her talents in spatial design, report writing and presentation, masterplanning, attention to detail and of course planting design.  Rosie manages a wide selection of both public and private projects in the office,  including leisure parks, large private gardens and public parks.

Ed Payne BA(Hons) DipLA


Ed has a first degree in Biology from Newcastle University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Metropolitan University.  ​Ed joined AWB Associates in 2016, before which he spent seven years at a private practice in North Yorkshire, delivering projects for, among others the Royal Horticultural Society, the Henry Moore Foundation, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Windsor Castle.

Ed works across all stages of the design process and he plays a key role in detailed design, the production of construction drawings and the management of works on site.  Ed has a wealth of site experience himself, and he applies this while working with contractors to bring our designs to fruition.  He is particularly proficient at 3D computer modelling, and the models he builds illuminate our schemes for clients and colleagues alike.