Karen Howell BA DipLA CMLI        

Iteriad Managing Director

Biography in brief

Karen is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Design Manager. She is a highly motivated professional with over 35 years experience in the industry. She is a founding director of Iteriad in practice since 2012. Whatever gets thrown at Karen she takes it in her stride and she always strives to deliver a first class service to all her clients. She is not only a great leader and communicator but a true team player. Her particular skills are leading the delivery of projects and coordinating the multidisciplinary design process. She is currently working with a number of NHS Trusts and PSCP contractors delivering a portfolio of important mental healthcare projects. These include New Park House Mental Health Unit at North Manchester General Hospital, A Learning Disabilities Low Secure Unit at Maghull Health Park Liverpool and a Dementia Care Unit at Dorothy Pattison Hospital Walsall.


She previously worked at BDP in Manchester as the Landscape Architect Director with responsibility for the landscape profession workload across the three northern BDP offices of Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. Karen was also Quality of Life Director representing the Manchester office. 

Her commissions at BDP included a number of large-scale retail, education and healthcare and sensitive heritage projects, as well as high profile public realm schemes and environmental assessment work. In particular she led teams on many complex and challenging projects to successful delivery. Notable projects include Liverpool One, Cathedral Gardens Manchester, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, White Rose Centre Leeds and the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre Hampshire.   


Previous to BDP Karen worked at Urbis Planning Design Group in Hong Kong from 1982-1984.


With BDP Karen led the external works design and delivery on many of the projects that received various industry environmental awards including:

  • Sir George Grenfell Baines Award for a public space design for Cathedral Gardens

  • Cathedral Gardens, Manchester – BCSC Award, RICS Award, Civic  Trust Award, Civic Society Award

  • Liverpool One and Chavasse Park - RIBA Stirling Prize (Shortlisted 2008), BALI Grand Award, LI Award


Karen's CV in a nutshell:

Leader, deliverer, dependable

The private side of Karen:

Mountain biker, runner, fell walker, lover of the Lakes and it's wildlife, the great outdoors, loves travel and Australia.