Landscape Competition in France

The ‘Art and jardins – Hauts-de-France’ association and the « Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale » (French World War One Centennial Commission) invite landscape architects, garden designers participate in a competition gardens in remembrance of the Great War in northern France. 13 Gardens of Peace have been already implemented in 2018 to remember and celebrate the countries and their soldiers who participated in some of the most atrocious battles and campaigns of wartime Europe. A new garden will take place next … Read full story

RTPI Scotland Annual Conference

Changing Places – collaborating to make a difference 1 October 2019 / Glasgow RTPI Scotland This year’s conference aims to take a detailed look at how place-based approaches are being undertaken, how they are impacting on the ground, how they are coordinated and delivered and how stakeholders have been engaged in their development. This conference will explore issues including economic growth, design, regeneration, health, travel and infrastructure. The conference will take a granular approach to explore in detail how this … Read full story

LIS ESALA Student Award Winners 2019

The Landscape Institute are delighted to be able to award prizes to graduating students in Landscape Architecture  from the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. This year students had final year additional options of 3 uniquely different Scottish sites including rural, island and post industrial as well as Island Territories vi: Manhattan: Scapeland, a collaboration with the School of Architecture. The successful award winning students were announced at the Graduation Ceremony on 4th July 2019 by … Read full story

Education Buildings Scotland Awards Dinner

The Education Buildings Scotland Awards Dinner is a black tie event and takes place at 19.00 on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The night will be a fantastic occasion Celebrating Excellence & Achievement in Scottish Education. The awards dinner is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers whilst enjoying a luxurious 3 course meal. Individual Place(s): £175 + VAT Table of 10: £1,500 + VAT Online bookings will be open in early September. If you have any queries … Read full story

FutureTown Design Competition 2019

FutureTown Design 2019: Open for Applications! What changes would you like to see in your town or city neighbourhood? How could your local place be adapted or transformed for the benefit of this and future generations? Share your vision in this innovative national competition! Organised by national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at stimulating conversations, provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what our towns could look like now and in the future. … Read full story

Creating a buzz in development – how can developers help Scotland’s pollinators?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 Battleby Conference Centre, Perth, PH1 3EW Who is it for? The development and environment sectors, encompassing planners, consultants, architects, landscape architects, land managers, maintenance contractors and others who may be involved with land development. Why attend? Scotland’s pollinators face many challenges, particularly in urban areas where green space and good habitat may be limited. All developments have the unique opportunity to improve the environment for pollinators by incorporating pollinator habitat into high-quality, multi-functional places for people … Read full story

LIS Placemaking Competition 2014

The Winner of the Competition – The Helix Landscape, Falkirk/Grangemouth, designed by Ironside Farrar. In accepting the Award of £1,000, presented by Linda Fabiani MSP, Julian Farrar paid tribute to the client, the teams of professionals who made it happen, and to the local communities who have taken the scheme to their Hearts. Linda Fabiani, Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, said “This award illustrates the huge landscape challenges in brownfield and derelict land, and it shows … Read full story

LIS Lifetime Achievement Award

LIS awards the LIS’ first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Daniel in 2012     Peter Daniel photographed for his award in 2012   In November 2012, Peter Daniel became the first recipient of the Landscape Institute Scotland’s Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to a delighted Daniel at the Managing Change in Scotland’s Landscapes Conference in Perth. A further conversation was held with Peter at his home in early 2014, a charming manse in the Scottish Borders filled … Read full story

Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2019

The Future of our Cities and the Role of Planning Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2019   27 June 2019 / Edinburgh Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities will explore the future of our cities at the Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2019, which will take place in Edinburgh on the evening of 27 June. Centre for Cities is the leading think tank dedicated to improving the performance of UK city economies. Andrew has over 20 years … Read full story

HarrisonStevens – Doors Open Day 2018

To celebrate the heritage and built environment, HarrisonStevens doors were opened to the public over the weekend in September 2018. Doors Open Days Scotland, nationally coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and funded by Historic Environment Scotland, is a month-long September festival that offers free access to over a thousand architectural venues across Scotland. This year Doors Open Days theme featured the Year of Young People 2018 and gave HarrisonStevens an opportunity to celebrate the continuous involvement they have in … Read full story

SNH Landscape Character Assessment Workshop

In February 2019 SNH published a reviewed national Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) in digital format on its website. LCA is the process of identifying and describing variation in character of the landscape. It provides baseline information used in development planning, and in landscape design and development management. A follow-up LCA Workshop is to be held on Thursday 13th June 2019 at the SNH Battleby Conference Centre from 10.30 – 15.30, primarily for landscape and planning practitioners, although other interested parties … Read full story

A Landscape of One’s Own?

Recently, a growing interest in feminist research in landscape design has been demonstrated in the work of landscape architecture students at Edinburgh College of Art and has begun to emerge in the profession. In response to this surge of interest critically questioning both the role of women in the landscape architecture profession and the prevalence of male dominated apparatus and discourses in the field, it appears timely and necessary to create a meaningful cross disciplinary and trans-scholarly forum in order … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2019

The Architecture Fringe festival is back for 2019 with a whole host of events based around design, planning and place. Below is a list of festival events that the LIS believes will interest landscape architects specifically. For the full programme of events at the festival, see the Architecture Fringe website Using Real Spaces – Lego Serious Play workshop: Using the innovative Lego Serious Play method, we will explore how we use real spaces to engage the public Balance: An exhibition of … Read full story

Planning for Great Places webinar

Wind farm visualisations  – Wednesday, June 5, 13.00 Host: Brendan Turvey (Strategic Planning Manager – Renewables) This session will provide a recap on the ‘Visual representation of wind farms’ guidance from SNH, last updated in 2017. It will cover some of the technical aspects of the guidance, provide examples of good practice and provide an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback on the guidance. To register for the next webinar on Wind farm visualisations please see here … Read full story

Reflections: A Design for Ageing and LIS AGM

As part of the 2019 AGM, the LIS hosted the most recent Reflections series talk, A Design of Ageing. Centered around the theme picked by the first Mark Turnbull Travel Award winner, Dr Amber Roberts, for her international research project that she conducted with her winnings from the award. Dr Roberts spoke first, detailing what she discovered on her travels. Her full report can be found here and her talk can be viewed below: Our other speakers were Professor Catharine Ward … Read full story

SNH Landscape Character Assessment Workshop

In February 2019 Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) published a reviewed national Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) in digital format on its website. LCA is the process of identifying and describing variation in character of the landscape. It provides baseline information used in development planning, and in landscape design and development management.   A follow-up LCA Workshop is to be held on Thursday, 13th June 2019 at the SNH Battleby Conference Centre from 10.30 – 15.30, primarily for landscape and planning practitioners, although other interested parties may wish to attend. The … Read full story

2019 AGM presentations and draft minutes

A huge thank you to everyone who spoke at the Reflections: Design for Ageing event ahead of the AGM and a warm welcome to all new committee members. The LIS is looking forward to another productive year, including work with Scotland’s Landscape Alliance and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature. A PDF copy of the AGM presentation, including Chair’s report and financial details can be found here A PDF copy of the draft minutes of the … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award 2019

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Using overseas travel to gain an insight into best and innovative landscape practice to address some of the current landscape challenges facing Scotland. This award will benefit future generations of graduate landscape architects in Scotland as well as the practice of landscape architecture by bringing overseas experience and knowledge back to the country. Mark Turnbull and his Learning from Travel Mark Turnbull … Read full story

LIS Reflections: Glasgow Avenues

The LIS was pleased to host the most recent in our series of Reflections talks, focusing on the Glasgow Avenues project. Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre, as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme. This will see streetscape improvements made to the public realm with the establishment of principal Avenues throughout the city centre, to form an integrated network of continuous … Read full story

SuDSsource – the 2019 National SuDS Conference

SuDSsource provides opportunities for occasional SuDS focused Conferences and a forum for new ideas and conversation. Following successful events in 2012 and 2014, our next conference – Innovation in SuDS Design – will be at: The Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield on 15th May 2019 It will be preceded in the afternoon of Tuesday 14th May by an informal meeting with partners from Local Authorities using the ‘SuDS Design and Evaluation Guide’ prepared in 2018 for Local Authorities in England. Conference themes – … Read full story

Scottish Landscape Alliance launch

    Launch of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance The Biosphere, Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh Thursday, 25th April 2019: 10.00am – 1.30pm   Scotland’s Landscape Alliance was formally launched on the 25th April 2019 by Co-Chairs of the Executive Committee, Rachel Tennant, Landscape Institute Scotland Chair and Stuart Brooks Head of Conservation and Policy for National Trust for Scotland. Over 90 people and 65 organisations were represented and the launch was supported by Gillian Martin MSP and Convener of the Environment, … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2019 – Lighthouse Takeover

This year’s core programme exploring the In Real Life [IRL]provocation will see the Architecture Fringe production team take over The Lighthouse in central Glasgow for the whole of June. They will be packing the building with new commissioned work, key events and their always-a-sell-out opening party. Early highlights of the core programme include an exploration of queered space through the queer Glasgow club scene and an exhibition investigating the adaptive re-purposing of imagined existing buildings by some of the UK’s most exciting practices including Ann Nisbet Studio and You + Pea. The big lecture this year will … Read full story

Green Plan It 2019

Want to inspire the next generation to grow? RHS looking for volunteers from the horticultural industry to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It 2019. Over ten weeks, you’ll help students to plan and create a model garden for their school or community and support them to share their ideas. You’ll offer inspiration to enable young people to make their own decisions about their ideal green space! As a mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to: … Read full story

Loch Lomond and Trossachs draft Trees and Woodland Strategy

Share your views Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park have published a draft Trees and Woodland Strategy for public consultation and we would like to hear your views. The strategy is a key document to be used by land owners, land managers, residents and forestry professionals when formulating forestry proposals in the National Park. With this in mind, it’s important to us everyone with an interest in woodlands in the National Park is given an opportunity to have their … Read full story

Cross Party Group on Rural Policy – 12th March Meeting report

The Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy met on Tuesday, 12th March 2019.   The topic of the meeting was ‘Rural Poverty and Health Inequalities’, chaired by Emma Harper, MSP for the South Scotland Region. Five speakers from different social agencies and a PhD student from Aberdeen University presented the work they carry out in different areas of rural Scotland.   A report of discussions from the meeting can be downloaded HERE Find out more about … Read full story

SNH Planning for Great Places Webinar Series

SNH is delivering a series of ‘Planning for Great Places’ webinars, covering various development and natural heritage related topics. These 30 minute webinars are intended to enable practitioners to overcome issues that arise in planning casework and deliver the best possible outcomes for nature. Each webinar will include a short presentation to be followed by a Q&A session with the host and panellists.   The series will be hosted on the first Wednesday of every month at lunchtime (1pm).   … Read full story

IUCN consulting on global standard for Nature Based Solutions

The aim of this standard is to mainstream NBS beyond the conservation sector, whilst ensuring the term continues to be used in a robust, knowledge-based way. This standard is currently undergoing consultation, before a second version is launched that will include guidance over criteria and indicators and will also introduce a proposed verification tool. Have your say in he process … Read full story

Review papers: Urban ecosystem services

An American research team engages with the challenges and opportunities inherent in managing urban forests, focusing on the potential of an ecosystem-based approach. Read more. Whereas, this (sadly not open access) review challenges itself to identify strategies to more efficiently, effectively and equitably implement nature-based solutions, across highly variable global cities. Continue. … Read full story

Making better Policies and Plans for Green Infrastructure : A Self Assessment Checklist

Monday, March 25, 2019 1:00 pm In order to integrate local planning processes with environment policy throughout the UK new ways of working are required. While some local development plans demonstrate best practice in integrating the environment into all parts of this process, new tools are required. In this webinar Prof. Alister Scott (University of Northumbria) and Max Hislop (Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership) will discuss a self-assessment checklist, designed to equip planners and other professionals to make … Read full story


Thursday 25th April  Room 1.264, UoE School of Law, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL 6pm – 9pm Come and watch a most amazing documentary film about life in the capital of Brazil: “BRASILIA: Life After Design” with Iberodocs, SEDA and Camões The city of Brasília – the capital of Brazil – is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert. In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012 and urbanist Lúcio Costa 1902-1998 invented an urban plan and structures that would … Read full story

Scottish Natural Heritage short film competition: Why invest in nature?

Welcome to our competition! This is a short film contest for young people aged 16-30 about why businesses should invest in nature. At Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Forum of Natural Capital (SFNC), we want to give businesses and policymakers a better understanding of how they rely on and have an impact on nature, to make sure that Scotland’s environment can thrive. And there are some great cash prizes up for grabs! We want your help to communicate with … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation & LIS AGM

Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Scotland’s Future Landscapes: Ensuring Resilience for the Profession DESIGN FOR AN AGEING POPULATION Tickets are free but we ask that you book through EventBrite Weds 24th April 2019 6.15-8.10 pm Hunter Lecture Theatre, Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF Programme 5.45 – 6.15: Registration and Refreshments 6.15: Introduction to the Mark Turnbull Travel Award and speakers by Rachel Tennant, Chair LIS 6.20 – 6.45: Dr Amber Roberts: Winner of … Read full story

Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit

Scotland’s Place Leadership Summit was designed by Corra Foundation and Scotland’s Towns Partnership, with support from Scottish Government. As three organisations with an interest in place, the aim was to bring together leadership from across Scotland to call on them to embrace the Place Principle and place-based working as means of achieving inclusive growth and regeneration, and to be bold, ambitious and optimistic about the future. The day was structured into three parts: The first section of the day focused … Read full story

Supporting the Architecture Fringe 2019

Why support the Architecture Fringe? Hello! Would you like to be a part of Scotland’s largest festival of architecture – the Architecture Fringe – and help make it the best it can be? Yes. Your support make’s a huge difference to what the festival can do and by supporting the Architecture Fringe you’ll be helping to grow and develop one of the most exciting grassroots creative platforms in Europe, encompassing the built environment, public space, art and politics. With your … Read full story

Infrastructure Commission appointed

Group to look at 30 year strategy for Scotland’s infrastructure needs. An independent commission to advise on a 30 year strategy for infrastructure investment has appointed its final members. The group, chaired by Ian Russell CBE, will provide independent, informed advice on the vision, ambition and priorities for infrastructure in Scotland. The newly appointed commissioners are Professor Iain Docherty, Ken Gillespie, Benny Higgins, Mary Pitcaithly OBE, Rachel Skinner, Grahame Smith, Sara Thiam, John Trower and Professor Janette Webb. Cabinet Secretary … Read full story