Oliver Smith


Ollie is one of the founding Directors of OOBE. He began his journey into landscape architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. This continued in the North East of England where he spent 10 years working in both small and large practices before establishing OOBE in 2010. Ollie has built up a diverse range of experience in all scales and types of projects – from large scale regeneration schemes to small scale artistic interventions – with particular expertise in education, leisure and waterside regeneration. He is passionate about collaborative design particularly involving artists in projects at the earliest opportunity. .

Ollie is an active member of the Landscape Institute as a mentor guiding candidates through their Pathway to Chartership and as an Examiner for the Pathway to Chartership exams.

A passionate Scotsman with the Achilles’ heel of supporting Newcastle United Football Club, when he’s not on the terraces he enjoys getting out on his bikes (one at a time – he has a mountain and a road bike) and spending time with his young family. An enthusiastic golfer from a young age, he still tries to find time to enjoy a round or two and welcomes the opportunity to get in more practice with friends and clients whenever he can!