SNH Publish Technical Guidance for Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have published Technical Guidance for the Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas in Scotland, along with accompanying wild land area descriptions for all 42 Wild Land Areas. You can read the Technical Guidance and WLA descriptions HERE The draft guidance has drawn on experience of assessing effects on Wild Land Areas (WLAs) since publication of Scottish Planning Policy in 2014. It includes annexes containing illustrative examples and frequently asked questions. The methodology draws on the descriptions … Read full story

Glasgow’s Draft Housing Strategy 2017-2022

Glasgow City Council, as part of its City Centre Strategy, is to develop a residential strategy for the area.  Glasgow city centre is already home to 28,000 people. The council has appointed international real estate advisor Savills to assist on this residential strategy, forming a team with expertise in economic development, local regeneration, housing, property and planning.  The team will consult with a range of city centre stakeholders. In the review of this residential strategy, the team will consider the … Read full story

SNH & HES Consultation on Local Landscape Area (LLA) Guidance

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are currently consulting on revised guidance on Local Landscape Areas (LLAs). The revised guidance aims to help Planning Authorities identify or review their local landscape designations and maximise their benefits.  SNH & HES would like you to comment how useful you think the guidance will be, and how it might be improved? You can find out more about the consultation HERE and HERE Download the draft guidance HERE The consultation is open until Friday, … Read full story

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

Skills Scotland 2016 – Glasgow & Edinburgh

Skills Scotland Glasgow – LIS were invited to share the CITB stand at the Skills Scotland event  taking place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the 26th and 27th October and in Edinburgh on the 8th November  . This is the annual careers event for final year students in the West of Scotland. James Spence Watson was ably assisted by Ambassadors Andrew McLatchie of DWA Landscape Architects and Robert Hewitt, Landscape Architect, Environment and Ground Engineering, AECOM. … Read full story

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

On Wednesday, 7th December the Landscape Institute announced the names of the 70 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise. The pass rate remained high at 80%. Amongst the successful candidates were eight Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) members First Name Last Name Company Mentor Alexandra Gardiner Energised Environments Andy Follis Jenny Elliott HERE + NOW Liz Thomas Kirsty Knott Rankinfraser landscape architecture Liane Bauer Marie Davis Ian White Associates John Farquhar Naomh Turbett Connon … Read full story

Greener Gardens

GREENER GARDENS PROJECT AIMS TO GROW IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE Part of an innovative project that will provide free water butts to 80 new homes As Scotland sees 2016 as the opportunity to focus on Innovation, Architecture and Design, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has been working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Central Scotland Green Network Trust and academia on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project – that looks at how gardens of new homes can be used to contribute to green … 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

Festival of Architecture 2016: An invitation to participate

  The Committee of the Landscape Institute Scotland is pleased to announce an exhibition at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh which will run at about the same time as the finale of the Festival of Architecture 2016. The purpose is to showcase Landscape Institute Scotland’s members’ work by celebrating the balance between architecture and landscape, underlining the links between the disciplines. The emphasis is on architecture in the context of landscape. Material for the exhibition can be historical or … Read full story

LIS FOA2016 – A House and Grounds for an Art Collector – A Competition: Awards Presentation

  Eight teams entered the competition and six submitted proposals. Judging and presentation of awards took place on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. The LIS would like to thank the team of judges: Noel Farrer (Past President of the LI), Bill Cairns FLI, Jill Gerber of Cyril Gerber Fine Art and Compass Gallery, Sandy Robinson (Scottish Government Architect) and Glasgow architect and Past President of GIA Fiona Sinclair. The judging team was … Read full story

UK Plant Health Guidance – Xylella fastidiosa

In mid-September, a highly informative three-day event was held on the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa at the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). The first morning was an open session for scientist, policy makers and those working across the forest industry.  This included talks from European and UK scientists and Plant Health inspectors on the current outbreaks in Italy and France, the EU Directives and Emergency Control Measures that are being undertaken – and the practical application of these … Read full story

SuDS and our landscapes: Landscape Institute Scotland symposium

  Speakers: Bob Bray, Principal of Robert Bray Associates  – SuDS in everyday living Dr Rebecca Wade, Urban Water Technology Centre at Abertay University Danny McKendry, Landscape Architect at Architecture + Design Scotland – SuDS and Placemaking Andrew Hemingway, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Regulation, opportunity and best practice David Winter, Scottish Water – Sewers for Scotland : present and future Swaantje Ridegh, Scottish Natural Heritage – The benefits and opportunities of SuDS   Summary 51 attended this event on … 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

Scottish Design Awards 2016 – Winners Announced

Now in its 19th year the Scottish Design Awards reward top architecture firms and design agencies for their contribution to the country’s historic and contemporary design culture. The awards are open to all Scottish companies and those outwith who have a Scottish client. The awards are exclusive to Scotland to celebrate the best design and architecture in the country. The awards are organised by The Drum – the UK’s leading marketing magazine that covers all aspects of the modern creative industries. We are … 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

Call for members to promote the landscape profession in Scotland

We need your help – our accredited university courses must attract more UK students to ensure a good supply of future professionals! We are looking for LIS members, from students through to fellows, to sign up for the Ambassador for Landscape scheme in Scotland to help promote the profession. With only one LI accredited landscape course in this region at Edinburgh College of Art, it is extremely important that LI members provide support to the university, to inspire the next generation of … 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

Review of the Scottish Planning System

In September 2015, an independent panel was appointed by Scottish Ministers to review the Scottish planning system. The report of the panel, “Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places” was published on May 31, 2016. A statement from the panel is also available to view. Scottish Ministers published their response to the report of the independent planning review panel on July 11, 2016. Further information on the programme of collaborative work to be undertaken by the Scottish Government can be found on the Planning & Architecture … Read full story

Landscape Institute EGM – Vote by Friday, 22nd July 2016

If you are a CMLI or Fellow, you are eligible to vote in relation to changes in Landscape Institute governance. Just over a year ago, Noel Farrer, past-president of the Landscape Institute made a commitment to changing the way in which the LI is governed in order to make it more democratic and more accessible to a wider range of landscape practitioners. At an EGM held in July 2015, eleven of twelve motions debated received a high level of support from members. … Read full story

Landscape Institute Archives: MERL Report 2013 – 2016

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading has published a summary report for the years 2013-2016 on their Landscape Institute Archive Collections. The library includes books and journals about landscape architecture, garden history and landscape and urban planning. The archive contains press cuttings, minutes, membership lists, financial papers, Institute publications, slide library and an album containing the Institute’s royal seal, logo and name badge. The associated archive collections include the business records of significant landscape architects including founder member of the … 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

Private and Academic Sector Strategy – Update

Following on from the survey of the private and academic sector membership in Scotland in November 2015 the findings have now been used by the LIS committee to develop key themes of a strategy with the following aims for 2016:- 1. Making the Most of Masters – Understanding the economics of the private sector in Scotland. * A research project into the landscape sector by Stirling University Business School MA student is now underway and the students will be in … 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

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

On Thursday, 9th June the Landscape Institute announced the names of the 58 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise. This pass rate remained at 76%, the same as in the last Chartership exam session in November. Amongst the successful candidates were seven Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) members (their mentor is in brackets):   David Muir (Liane Bauer) Jonny Thomson (Chris Rankin) Ewa Toroj (Mark Elliott) Yuchen Hu (Rory Wilson) Greg Meikle (Martin Robinson) … 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

Mark Turnbull FLI – a few words

  It is with great sadness that the LIS must announce that our Chairperson, Mark Turnbull FLI, passed away suddenly on Thursday, 19th May. Mark was a prominent practitioner, mentor and friend to many across the landscape profession in Scotland, the UK and beyond. In his role as Chairperson Mark reinvigorated the LIS from a Branch that was in the doldrums. His energy, enthusiasm and drive to promote Landscape Architects and Landscape Architecture in Scotland was astonishing and inspirational. He … 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

New LI Technical Information Notes Published

The Landscape Institute (LI) Technical Committee have recently published three new Technical Information Notes: New Homes Standards Ecosystem Services and Ecosystem Service Frameworks Connectivity and Ecological networks These can be found HERE   Additional information regarding Technical, together with Guidance and Information Papers, is available in the members section of the LI Website.   The Technical Committee are currently recruiting two more members. Are you an experienced and enthusiastic member with a desire to work with others to shape the … 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