The LIS would like to congratulate all Scottish winners and highly commended entrants at this year’s LI Awards, which were presented by Landscape Institute honorary fellow, Bill Bryson on the 23rd of November. It was a fantastic year for Scottish projects, practices, landscape architects and students.
We are thrilled to announce that our committee member Dan Walker has won the Outstanding Contribution Through Volunteering award. The judges said: ‘Dan Walker has been a driving force behind the Landscape Institute in Scotland and is a role model to others.’
erz won the Communications and Presentation award for their erz ten campaign, a campaign celebrating the Glasgow-based firm’s ten years in practice, central to which was a set of limited edition postcards and a cutting-edge social media strategy. The judges singled out for special praise this novel approach to communication and presentation.
HarrisonStevens won the Design for a Medium Scale Development award for their work on the Holyrood North development. This project developed to meet the demand for student housing in the city of Edinburgh, which involved the transformation of unused land in Edinburgh’s Old Town into collegiate accommodation for an additional 900 students. The judges praised the projects ‘thoughtful design with high-quality detailing’, remarking on how it was ‘extremely well embedded in local context’.
Optimised Environments (OPEN) won the Strategic Landscape Planning award for their North Kyle Forest Masterplan. This is a map-based masterplan for the North Kyle Forest in Ayrshire, Scotland, including ideas for social, environmental, cultural and economic projects within the area. The project team involved local residents, agencies and other stakeholder groups in a comprehensive consultation process, ensuring a clear understanding of local issues. The judges said: ‘The resulting masterplan is clear, realistic and deliverable, comprising multiple projects at varying scales, which combine to create the overall strategy.’
The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) and Glasgow School of Art were highly commended in the Landscape Policy and Research category for their collaborative work titled Growing Awareness: Research and Learning from the CSGN Forum. This is an annual forum and publication that involves practitioners in Scotland in an important, forward-thinking dialogue on green infrastructure, and plays an important part in the development of professional practice in Scotland and beyond.
Helen Wiley and Rose Barton, both students of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) were highly commended for their student portfolios. Helen’s portfolio, titled In Transition: Application of Landscape Design Within Transitional Marginal Urban Spaces, is a combination of experiential fieldwork with evidence-based research to create what our judges called ‘a beautifully presented portfolio … unmatched in its demonstration of considered and appropriate landscape responses’. Rose’s portfolio, titled Rose Barton Student Portfolio, is a collection of work focusing on landscape within the urban realm and designing with the pressures of modern urban infrastructure, analysing how design can influence quality of life.
For full details of all of this year’s winner, please head to the LI website.
See a video of all the winners HERE