Malcolm Fraser Lecture

Help make a Vision for Edinburgh In celebrating James Craig New Town 250th anniversary. we ask ourselves what are we, the current generation, going to leave the next century? Are we planning a better future? Or are we just muddling along? The EAA is leading a forum that asks that we put our professional knowledge to good use, make partnerships across the city with all other related professions and colleagues, and make our input heard and put into action. These … Read full story

Upcoming talk: Careers in Landscape Architecture

In keeping with Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Landscape Institute Scotland, is running a free session for career advisors and teachers to update their knowledge on landscape architecture, a fantastic career path for students passionate about art, design, sustainability and the built environment. The evening will start with an introductory talk for all members of the public on ‘what is landscape architecture’ from Rachel Tennant, acting chair of the Landscape Institute Scotland and Fellow of the Landscape … Read full story

SNH SGP Event – Onshore Renewables: Repowering the natural heritage considerations – 7th December 2016

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Sharing Good Practice is a unique programme of events for people from a wide variety of sectors, including land managers, local authorities, health, business, education, voluntary and government. These events provide an opportunity for practitioners with differing levels of experience to network, learn from experts, influence future policy, share ideas, gain new insights and inspiration. As the onshore wind energy industry matures, some older wind farms are nearing the point where they will be decommissioned, refurbished or repowered. This … Read full story

Event on planning law in Edinburgh

JHplanning and the Improvement Service are running an event covering elements of planning law in Edinburgh on the 3rd of November 2016. Overview Planning is about the skills associated with placemaking, community engagement, project management and development finance, but it is also about understanding the complex legal framework within which the planning system operates.  As we await the Scottish Government’s response to the Planning Review and the inevitable changes in legislation and regulation that will follow, this event looks at … Read full story

SuDS and our landscapes : Seeking beautiful, and multi-functional places

Landscape Institute Scotland Symposium – Friday 4th November 09.30 – 14.00 SuDS are now in the mainstream, promoted for their role in water quality and flood attenuation. But are SuDS making sufficient contribution to place-making here in Scotland? The ‘4 pillars of SuDS design’ are Water Quantity, Water Quality, Amenity and Biodiversity; is sufficient weight being given to the latter two? SuDS provide an opportunity for the different professions to engage and work together towards better places. This symposium aims … Read full story

BALI Scotland Networking and Professional Development Event

Kindly hosted by long term BALI supporters CED, the night provides a fantastic opportunity to see the new developments at the CED Depot at Castlecary followed by a presentation by Michael Heap, founder of CED, on Paving with Natural Stone – How to achieve a successful long-term quality surface, both technically and visually at the Castlecary Hotel. We will also have an update on training qualifications and development opportunities for the landscape industry. Where – CED Scotland, Castlecary Depot, Allandale, … Read full story

Ian Ritchie Lecture with Vision for Edinburgh Workshop

Professor Ian Ritchie CBE RA Hon FRIAS Including contributions from associated professional bodies.   In the first of a series of new lectures and workshops the EAA welcomes Ian Ritchie, an architect whose international practice has undertaken the master-planning of cities, national museums and realised monuments. Ian will address the City as a manifestation of collective and individual memory and forgetting – from skyline to plinth – and explore the idea of designing the future within the context of a … Read full story

Biodiversity – Design with Nature

Scottish Natural Heritage have announced a Sharing Good Practice event titled Biodiversity – Design with Nature. Improving the design, planning and construction of the built environment around our homes, businesses and neighbourhoods can reap multiple benefits for people and nature. Incorporating nature into the design process can be a low-cost way to increase productivity, reduce environmental harm, benefit biodiversity and helps to deliver the placemaking, health and other outcomes for those who live in the neighbourhood. This event is linked to 2016 … Read full story

New NRS Forest Science seminars programme announced

Forest Research have announced a new series of seminars, starting at the University of St Andrews where Nick Hanley will be presenting “Estimating the preferences of the general public and forest managers for disease control options” on the 28th of October. This seminar will discuss choice experiments with the general UK public and with woodland owners/managers on the issue of new invasive diseases. Essentially, in the former case, we quantify what the public are willing to pay for forest disease control; whilst … Read full story

‘A House and Grounds for an Art Collector’ Awards Ceremony

  Wednesday 28th September 2016: 6.00 – 8.30pm Please join us for competition entrants viewing and the final awards ceremony plus guest speaker at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RG. The event is free, but we encourage people to book a ticket through Eventbrite.    Competition Exhibition A design competition celebrating collaboration and inspiration between landscape architects and architects as part of the LIS contribution to the 2016 Festival of Architecture. The proposals are … Read full story

Open Space 2021 Consultation

HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF EDINBURGH’S OPEN SPACES Edinburgh’s communities are invited to comment on Edinburgh’s draft Open Space Strategy, which sets out Edinburgh’s open space needs in the period up to 2021.           Since 2010, 15 of the city’s largest parks have been substantially improved and 22 play areas upgraded, thereby increasing access to good quality green space and play opportunities across the city; allotment provision has increased and community gardens have flourished. New residential green … Read full story

LIS Reflections Series: Unity in Design

After the success of the first talk in the new LIS Reflections Series at our AGM in May, we are very pleased to announce the next in the series – Unity in Design: Landscape Architects and Architects working together.  This talk, to coincide with the Festival of Architecture, will celebrate a highly successful collaboration between architects and landscape architects. Chris Rankin (rankinfraser landscape architecture) and Neil Gillespie (Reiach and Hall Architects) will be speaking about their recent award winning collaboration on the … Read full story

Making Space 2016: Our Space award

Children in Scotland in association with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, has announced an international competition for excellence in architecture and design for children and young people. Awards will be presented under four categories: Health, Home, Learning, Play, alongside an ‘Our Space’ award, voted for by the general public. Submissions are sought for the ‘Our Space’ award, a special category inviting entries from the professionals and communities who see first-hand … Read full story

RTPI Scotland Annual Conference – Empowering Planning, Transforming Spaces

Planning is going through a time of change. The Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System has outlined the potential of the system and put forward a range of possible solutions. A White Paper on planning will be published by the end of the year to be followed by a Planning Bill, regulations, guidance and advice. So what type of planning system do we want and need? What does this look like? And what do we need to do to … Read full story

SepTimber – a CPD series looking at timber in construction

This September A&DS Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials, are teaming up with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good  and  Edinburgh Napier University present this CPD series looking at timber in construction. Solid Timber Laminate Systems – Seminar This afternoon seminar will take place on 21st September from 1.45 – 5.45pm in : Gallery 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU The past 25 years have witnessed extraordinary advances in timber technology, with a range of solid wood systems emerging that have challenged existing approaches … Read full story

1st International UK BIM Academic Forum Conference

The 1st UK BIM Academic Forum (BAF) Conference will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University, 13th-15th September 2016. The conference aims to provide a platform for bringing together academics and practitioners involved with BIM research and development as well as implementation to exchange the state-of-the-art ideas in this field. Building Information Modelling (BIM) offers a new paradigm for efficiencies in project delivery and the industry is gradually gearing up towards delivering BIM-enabled projects. The concepts behind BIM technologies and processes … Read full story

Capability Brown – His Legacy In Scotland

In honour of his 300th birthday, Scotland’s Garden & Landscape Heritage are running a festival to celebrate the life and works of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. In order to focus on Mr Brown’s Scottish work and legacy, SGLH are holding a lecture for their members titled Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown: His Legacy In Scotland. The lecture will take place at 6:30pm on Monday the 7th of November at St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA, tickets will be £5.00. … Read full story

Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century

Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) has announced an upcoming interactive conference titled Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the New Century, which will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of August 2016. To mark the conference, PAS has developed a new awards programme to encourage all young people to engage in their local place. The Patrick Geddes Young Placemaker award will use the Geddes approach of ‘survey, analysis, plan’ to help make better and more inclusive places for the benefit of … Read full story

AD&S Best of the Best Exhibition: Midsummer Gathering – Tuesday, 21st June

See things in a new light on the longest day of the year: join Architecture & Design Scotland and partners to celebrate the Best of the Best of Scotland’s architecture and places, in a new and exciting venue.   When : Tuesday, 21st June 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST) Where: The Savings Bank – 67 Bridge Street, Glasgow, G5 9JB   Click HERE to confirm your attendance.    As Scotland celebrates its Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of … Read full story

LIS Competition Brief – A House and Grounds for an Art Collector

  As part of their contribution to the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Landscape Institute Scotland are holding a design competition for a new house and grounds for an art collector in the Scottish countryside. Entries will be teams of landscape architects and architects and the competition promises to be an excellent chance to explore and experience the benefits of these two professions working together in collaboration. The competition is hypothetical and is based on an occupied site in Perthshire, … Read full story

The 2016 Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture

Copenhagen: A City for People by Tina Saaby, City Architect, Copenhagen   On 15 June 2016 at Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh   Tina Saaby has been the Chief City Architect of Copenhagen since September 2010. She inspires, facilitates, advices, and coaches the politicians and City Administration. Her responsibility is to help defining architectural guidelines and visions in developing the city based on the City of Copenhagen’s Architectural Policy.  She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools … Read full story

Specifi Landscape Event, Edinburgh – Wednesday, 15th June 2016

Specifi Landscape bring their unique event to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Wednesday, 15th June 2016. It has all the ingredients for a memorable event starting with a Free CPD Seminar. A Networking event & Exhibition where you can meet with experts from leading suppliers and innovators in the industry and mix with Edinburgh’s’ professional design and construction community.   Guest Speaker: Dusty Gedge – Urban Green Infrastructure – The only way is up Dusty is an urban ecologist, author, TV and … Read full story

The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Degree Show 2016

The Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Degree Show 2016 will take place between Saturday, 28th May and Sunday, 5th June, with advanced private viewings available from the 24th May. ECA is transformed into a public showcase of the work from our graduating students, the majority of whom are completing undergraduate degrees. This year will be showcase over 500 students work from Art, Design, ESALA (The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) and Music. LIS members are invited to attend one of the … Read full story

Architecture in the Context of Landscape – an Exhibition

  ADVANCE NOTICE As part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 Landscape Institute Scotland is holding an Exhibition of members work and impressions. The spirit of the show is to demonstrate the balance between the disciplines of landscape architecture and architecture. Ideally work would reflect a full spectrum of activity and be photographic or drawn, contemporary or historic, in concept, progress or completed. Entries will be welcomed from chartered members and students of the Landscape Institute, as individuals or representing … Read full story

House and Grounds for an Art Collector – Design Competition 2016

        ADVANCE NOTICE As part of their contribution to the Festival of Architecture 2016 Landscape Institute Scotland are holding a competition for new house and grounds for an art collector in the Scottish countryside. The competition is hypothetical and is based on an occupied site in Perthshire. Entries will be invited from landscape architects and architects working in team in both chartered member and student categories. Outline programme is: Brief issue on the 31st of May with … Read full story

Proxy votes for Landscape Institute EGM

PROXY VOTES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5PM ON  THURSDAY THE 5TH OF MAY By now you will have received various information about the two LI EGM Motions. It is important that you express your view by voting but time is running out. A proxy voting form can be found here. The counting of proxy votes is being undertaken by an independent third party organisation (MiVoice). To ensure your vote is counted, the proxy form must be received by Mi-Voice by … Read full story

The Institute of Environment and Recreation Management & World Urban Parks annual congress

The Institute of Environment and Recreation Management together with World Urban Parks will be hosting its annual Congress from Monday 26 September 2016 to Wednesday, 28 September 2016 in the City of Cape Town. This year’s convention will be co-hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA). We invite all parties who may be interested in presenting papers or case studies at the convention to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to the IERM Secretariat by Friday, … Read full story

LIS AGM: Getting there

As you may well be aware, the LIS AGM is this Wednesday – the 27th of April. You can find full details of the event here and if you haven’t booked your free ticket to the event you can do so at Eventbrite. Train travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh is currently suffering delays due to maintenance works, so for your information, we are providing you with a list of trains that can be taken in order to arrive on time … Read full story

Reminder: LIS AGM

A reminder to all LIS members – the AGM is coming up! The event will take place in the Hunter Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art next week, Wednesday the 27th of April. It looks set to be an exciting evening, with a variety of guest speakers, the choosing of the LIS committee for 2016-2017 and plenty of opportunity to network and meet other LIS members. To learn more about the AGM, please head on over to our website. If you’re interested … Read full story

Study day: Geddes, Gardens and Green Spaces

This event will be taking place on Friday the 13th of May at The Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite. One of a series of six study days in advance of the opening of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning at Riddle’s Court in 2017, this event is a must for those fascinated by the ‘green heritage’ of the Old Town. As we consider the history and development of these green spaces, participants will hear … Read full story

Landscape:LED – Pathway to Chartership course

    LANDSCAPE: LED – PATHWAY TO CHARTERSHIP COURSE Over two days the course will cover the fundamental principles of the professional landscape practice in the context of the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership. The four tutors are practicing industry professionals whose experience of real project complexities, successes and easy to avoid pitfalls will form a key part of the presentations. Both days will start at 0830 and run until 1730 (1700 on Friday) involving workshops, graphic led presentations and … Read full story

Joining the LIS Committee

As you may be aware, The AGM gives the opportunity for you to get more heavily involved in the LIS, providing services to members, contributing to education and CPD, and promoting the profession in Scotland. To get involved, you can run for positions on the LIS Committee, which will be selected at our upcoming AGM. The Branch Committee consists of the following Honorary Officers : Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, LI Council Representative; all Corporate Members of the Institute In addition … Read full story

LIS Notice of Annual General Meeting

  The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday the 27th April in the Hunter Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art. Before the business of the AGM is the first of the LIS Reflections series of lectures and events that aim for greater debate and knowledge transfer within the profession to which non-members and members are invited. This promises to be an exiting and interesting series of events. 2015/16 has been a very busy year for … Read full story

The Art of Placemaking – 2016 Central Scotland Green Network Forum

The Central Scotland Green Network trust have announced their annual forum and are keen to see a diverse audience joining them for it. Taking place on 21 June 2016 at the Glasgow School of Art, this one day conference will explore the role of the creative professions in helping communities to design, create and manage great green and blue places. The sixth CSGN Forum held jointly this year with The Glasgow School of Art, focuses on the role of artists … Read full story

Upcoming David Skinner Memorial Lecture

We just wanted to remind all our members that the David Skinner Memorial Lecture is coming up soon, on Wednesday the 16th of March at 7pm in the Main Lecture Theatre at the Edinburgh College of Art. It promises to be a really interesting event – hosted by Jaqueline Osty, who will be covering a variety of landscape topics from large public places, public parks to urban landscaping – and we hope to see some of you there. For more information, please … Read full story

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards 2016 Launched

Celebrating 80 years of Architecture – Kirsty Wark to chair 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards Nominations are now open for the 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards with this year’s judging panel due to be guest chaired by renowned Scottish journalist, writer and television presenter Kirsty Wark. 2016 will also see research on 80 years of the Saltire Society Housing Awards taking place allowing the Society, the industry and the general public to better understand the longevity and significance of Scottish … Read full story

West of Scotland RTPI AGM – Thursday, 28th January 2016

Urban Land Reform – Implications for Planning  Date & Time: Thursday, 28th January at 6pm Venue: Banker Suite, Mercure Hotel, 201 Ingram Street, Glasgow. Cost: Free for members, £5 for non-members – including LIS Members (refreshments included) Booking: As with our previous AGM’s this event is anticipated to be very busy, so booking is essential. The publication of the Scottish Government Land Reform Review Group’s (LRRG) Final Report in May 2014 has sparked renewed interest in land reform debates, and the Land Reform … Read full story

David Skinner Memorial Lecture – Wednesday, 16th March 2016

Join us at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for the annual David Skinner Memorial Lecture with guest speaker Jacqueline Osty of Atelier Jacqueline Osty & associés A poster of for the event can be downloaded HERE   Join us at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture on 16 March for the annual David Skinner Memorial Lecture with guest speaker Jacqueline Osty of Atelier Jacqueline Osty & associés A poster of for the event can be downloaded HERE Some examples of Jacqueline Osty’s … Read full story

Specifi Landscape, Glasgow – Tuesday, 24th November 2015

                      In conjunction with Landscape Institute Scotland, Specifi bring this unique show to The Lighthouse, Glasgow on Tuesday, 24th November 2015 from 3.45pm. We have all the ingredients for a memorable event starting with a free seminar by Julian Farrar on ‘Fitting Landscapes – Transport Scotlands New Landscape Policy.’ We then move onto our Networking & Exhibition, where you can meet with experts from leading suppliers and innovators in the … Read full story

SP=EED: CPD Skills Training ‘Successful Planning = Effective Engagement and Delivery 9th Oct Glasgow

Would you like to be recognised for your skills in community engagement and undertake valuable CDP training? PAS ( has a new date for SP=EED Verification coming up: Thursday 1 October 5.30-9.00 pm – Glasgow (city centre venue) SP=EED (Successful Planning = Effective Engagement and Delivery) is PAS’s practical guide to effective engagement and is mentioned in Scottish Government guidance. SP=EED Verification is a two-part programme. Part 1 is an interactive workshop and Part 2 is a written reflective-learning assessment. … Read full story