Life after Landscape Architecture

When I talk to prospective students I always https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-online/ emphasize how useful a qualification in Landscape Architecture is for providing career options. You can head for design, management, landscape planning or urban design and within these specialise in conservation, development, policy, community planning, heritage, sport, regeneration or construction and a great deal more. One landscape architect however has diversified more than any of us could https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-pas-cher/ have ever dreamed.

Brian Cookson

I was reading the sports pages of the Times newspaper (I know, I know, this doesn’t sound like me but I like to keep up with the men in my life) and in particular an article by Simon Barnes about hypocrisy in sport. The theme was that we expect our sportsmen and women to lead exemplary lives as role models but fail to meet similar standards in our own life. Equally, some sportsmen have let us down spectacularly in presenting a holier than thou image while leading a dubious double life.Wholesale NFL Jerseys The two examples were the philandering golfer, Tiger Woods and the doping cyclist, Lance Armstrong; it was the latter that caught my eye. Barnes explained that it would fall to the new president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Brian Cookson, to sort out an unholy mess requiring just the kind of character skills that Armstrong lacked.

Brian Cookson I thought? Was this our Brian or Cookie as he was called, the cycling nut from my year at Manchester Polytechnic? A quick Google search revealed that, yes indeed, chartered landscape architect and urban designer, Brian Cookson, who retired as Executive Director (Regeneration) for the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire in March 2013 is now president of the UCI. Wow! My husband assures me he has been in the news for some time as one of the driving forces behind the success of British cycling but clearly I don’t read the sports pages often enough.

The reason for my delight in his success is that I think Brian crawled out of his pram onto a bike. When we were at College, if it was a fine day, Brian would cycle from Preston to Manchester, a distance of 32 miles, and back again. Every weekend he was racing, cycling or marshalling. In 1971 he was Regional Road Champion and he has since gone on to continuously raise the profile of cycling. I imagine that much of his contribution will have been unpaid but now it looks as if cycling pays a great deal better than landscape architecture; however everyone I have spoken to feels that his reported annual salary of £235,000 is low for the size of the task he has ahead in healing the wounds in his sport.

Well who would have believed it? Hold on tight to your dreams and you never know where they may take you. Well done Cookie and as for the rest of us, it’s time to get on our bikes.

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