A respected research institution and education provider based at Manchester Metropolitan University, IPM will offer its services to LI members while the LI will support IPM’s funding applications and contribute landscape expertise to future projects. It will also help to strengthen IPM’s membership offering.
The two institutes signed an official memorandum last night during IPM’s 10th anniversary celebrations in Manchester. Landscape Institute chief executive Daniel Cook said that the agreement "marks the beginning of an exciting new era for both organisations".
"We have a great deal in common so a collaborative approach is very much a win-win. By working together, we are paving the way for more professional bodies to cooperate with us on major issues and so better serve the practitioners and policy makers who make and manage places.
"Climate resilience, public health and well-being, resource security, environmental sustainability and more are all critical factors that our urban and rural environments need to address. This memorandum of understanding between our two institutions will enable us to pool resources and more efficiently equip our members to enrich society."
IPM chair professor Cathy Parker said the agreement was a significant development for the whole placemaking sector.
"We need to collaborate and to combine the best thinking from both the urban and natural environments if we are going to have great and resilient places. We cannot continue to segregate and silo professional interests to the detriment of our towns, cities and rural areas."
Currently there is no chartered credential for place mangers, unlike for landscape architects. Cook said: "Working together, the LI and IPM will develop an accreditation model for these practitioners that will sit alongside our own Pathway to Chartership. This new pathway will acknowledge and mirror the extremely high standards set by our existing members, while catering for the varied skillset and knowledge base place managers must have.
"We aspire to provide a home for landscape and placemaking practitioners of all types. Not only is this an opportunity for us to greatly enhance our membership offering, but also for our members to network and share crucial knowledge with one another.
"The face of the industry is changing, and rapidly. It increasingly falls to local businesses and stakeholders to manage local environments, and it is imperative that the right professional knowledge and expertise is on hand to ensure that these places are healthy, sustainable and economically viable."
Parker added: "The professions we represent will shape and safeguard the future. I look forward to continuing and strengthening the alliance between our two institutes to better serve our members jointly."
IPM has more than 1,300 members, partners and friends worldwide, comprised of town and city managers, Business Improvement District employees, council officers, local politicians and a variety of suppliers to the place management industry. It also publishes peer-reviewed Journal of Place Management and Development with publisher Emerald, which is taken by more than 2,000 institutions worldwide.