2020 LIS ESALA Student Award Winners

Anna Reid (Best Student award winner and Best Portfolio award winner) For too long humans have acted on the dominant Western premise that we are superior to our environment. This in turn has played a substantial part in the ecological devastation of our planet. As landscape architects we must ensure that to sustain the global biosphere, the intrinsic links between human and non-humans are questioned and challenged. This portfolio of work responds to this by considering ways in which human … Read full story

Designing for a Changing Climate: Carbon Conscious Places Report Launch

Tue, 6 October 202014:00 – 15:00 BSTOnline event Scotland’s climate is changing. How Scotland’s places are planned can help futureproof against the more extreme impacts of Climate Change. Architecture and Design Scotland has recently undertaken an exploration in to designing for a changing climate, where a whole place approach to the net zero carbon challenge was advocated. Through rethinking how we move about, how we live, how we support town centres and how we become more self-sufficient, we were able … Read full story

Queen’s Quay, Clydenbank – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by RaeburnFarquharBowen John Brown’s Shipyard has a special place in the history of Clyde shipbuilding. With the Titan Crane still towering overhead, this disused yard and fitting-out basin is of A-Listed status as the birthplace of many of the great liners and warships of the past century, including the Queen Mary, QEI & II, and Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Hood. Currently vacant and inaccessible due to structural instability, the site now separates the town of Clydebank from the Clyde … Read full story

Business Support Programme – Expressions of Interest

The NLHF Business Support Programme has been developed by Museums Galleries Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, and greenspace Scotland to support heritage organisations in Scotland to develop sustainable business models. The 18-month programme will commence in April 2021 and will deliver a comprehensive resilience and leadership training programme for approximately 40 heritage organisations in Scotland. The training will be tailored to the needs of each participant, focusing on key areas of leadership, governance, business planning and local community engagement. To … Read full story

Sustainable placemaking in Scotland

A convenient lunchtime CPD event for Landscape Architects in Scotland about circular economy principles and The Living Building Challenge This event is designed as a free online CPD event for Landscape Architects, urban designers, placemakers, planners, and architects practicing in Scotland. It covers two complementary approaches to designing sustainable places to support both the road to net zero carbon 2045 and also that provide wider health, wellness and ecological benefits. Full details, including programme and how to book tickets on … Read full story

Levengrove Park Restoration – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by AECOM Levengrove Park occupies a prominent location on the River Clyde and River Leven, adjacent to Dumbarton Castle. The project involved the restoration and enhancement of the Victorian park and its numerous historic features, including a medieval church with connections to Robert the Bruce. The southern boundary of the park is enclosed by the Clydeside Walkway. Extensive footpath upgrades and tree management have improved the relationship between the park and the River Clyde corridor. The park first opened … Read full story

The Crinan Canal Corridor, Argyle and Bute – A Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by: HarrisonStevens Client – Scottish CanalsLandscape Architect – HarrisonStevensArchitect: Oliver Chapman Completion – April 2016- Ongoing Scottish Canals embarked a charrette for the Crinan Canal Corridor in 2016 – ‘Rethink the Link’. The Crinan Canal is a Scheduled Monument, a crucial tourism watercourse and a significant corridor for leisure and tourism within Mid Argyll. The Canal Corridor has an important economic role to play which needed to be further understood and utilised for the economic benefit of the area. … Read full story

Burr’s Garage – Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by: Urban Pioneers Our site is located to the north of the village Tongue along the NC500 and lies some 250m from the shores of the Kyle of Tongue providing a stunning as well as challenging coastal setting. The project is led by Helen Lucas Architects on behalf of Ben Loyal Ltd for Wildland Limited. Wildland came together as an initiative and investment body to take forward and support the conservation, protection and sustainable development of some of Scotland’s … Read full story

LIS Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters online showcase

The LIS would like to thank every practice, individual and organisation who provided details of their projects for this showcase. The full list of case studies for this showcase are: Art by Lesley Banks Aultbea New Community Centre, Wester Ross by horner+maclennan Billia Croo Wave Test Site: Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment by LUC Bowling Harbour Viaduct by RankinFraser Burr’s Garage by Urban Pioneers The Canal, Coatbridge by HarrisonStevens Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Project : Seascape, Landscape and … Read full story

Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. Including its many islands, Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings for both visitors and locals to enjoy. Our Coasts and Waters are host to an amazing array of riches, come in all shapes and sizes, and are greatly valued … Read full story

SEDA Conference and AGM

It’s just two weeks to SEDA’s first on-line conference, and you can now find the full details of each night on the Eventbrite pages here The public sessions are Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th September at 6pm with a members only session on Thursday 10th September at 6pm. As well as Graham Ross and Ken Gibb speaking at Monday’s session on ‘How Do We Build Our Cities Back Better?’, we are delighted to announce Deborah Hay of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation talking about ‘Building … Read full story

STP Funding Finder August 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for August 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

NPF4 Analysis of Responses to Call for Ideas – Now Available

The NPF4 independent Analysis on Responses to the Call for Ideas and Executive Summary are now complete and available to view. This report and the individual responses will be used to inform the position statement published later in the autumn, and draft NPF4, which is scheduled for publication in autumn 2021.  You can review the LIS response to this consultation here. You can read submitted responses and find out more at TransformingPlanning.scot. … Read full story

RIAS Convention 2020: WITH THE GRAIN

Monday 28th September – Friday 2nd OctoberOnline event Tickets can be booked here WITH THE GRAIN will bring architects, built environment professionals and the wider public together online for discussion around how we can work with nature, natural materials and our climate to build resilient communities – reshaping spaces, repurposing the buildings we live and work in and exploring innovative solutions from architects. Our speakers include: Roz Barr (Roz Barr Architects) Andy Groarke (Carmody Groarke), Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton), William … Read full story

Doors Open Day 2020

DOORS OPEN DAYS 2020 is going digital! Scotland’s biggest free festival of architecture will present its largest ever digital offering this September, as we celebrate Scotland’s buildings and stories online, through tours, lectures, DIY learning events and more. For full details, see the Doors Open Day website … Read full story

Edinburgh Architectural Association Employee Owned Practice Seminar

Wed, 5 August 202018:00 – 20:00 BST Online Event Within the profession there is growing interest in changing to an employee owned structure. However, whilst many practices are interested, they are often not clear about the logistics of changing to one and indeed the running of it. We have arranged this informal but informative evening online seminar on the topic which aims to provide an overview from a variety of perspectives including within and out with the profession, and at … Read full story

SNH Consultation on draft guidance on Landscape Sensitivity Assessment

SNH is consulting on draft guidance for landscape sensitivity assessments.  It is technical guidance primarily aimed at landscape architects who would undertake landscape sensitivity assessments. It may also be of interest to those commissioning or using a sensitivity study, such as planning authorities or developers. Please send any comments to landscape@nature.scot by 8th September 2020. For full details, including the consultation documents, please see the SNH Website. … Read full story

STP Funding Finder July 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for June 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

Greenspace Scotland’s new guidance on managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during covid-19

Greenspace Scotland and The National Lottery Heritage Fund have launched a new guide today to help local authorities and other greenspace managers manage parks, gardens and greenspaces safely during the coronavirus pandemic.Managing Scotland’s parks and greenspaces during covid-19 brings together the latest guidance from Scottish Government and advice from Public Health Scotland, sportscotland, Visit Scotland and a range of other organisations. The LIS is pleased to see that our recent Reimagining a New Outdoors digital showcase has been held up as an … Read full story

Landscape Architect for Covid victims Memorial Garden

The Herald have started a campaign to create a memorial gardens for victims of the COVID19 virus. The Landscape Institute Scotland would like to encourage landscape architects to get in contact with the steering group to offer their expertise in designing a space that properly honours those who have died over the course of this pandemic. Please see full details of the project here … Read full story

Landscape Sensitivity Assessment Guidance – Consultation

SNH has had a long-standing commitment to develop guidance on producing landscape sensitivity studies.  This builds on the 2010 review and the toolkit on commissioning studies we produced at the time.  Since then various changes have occurred:  Terminology has changed with 3rd ed. of Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA3) and we amended our website pages as a result.We have reviewed more sensitivity studies in Scotland.Natural Resources Wales consulted on draft guidance in 2018 which tested a range of … Read full story

Re-imagining a New Outdoors – A Showcase of Design Ideas

Prepared by Members of the Landscape Institute Scotland The Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present this digital showcase from its members that focus on reclaiming the outdoors as we emerge from the effects of the Covid19  global pandemic. The ideas demonstrate simple and effective design solutions going forward, as well as support the longer term climate crisis action, and address the following challenges that can utilise the outdoors:- How to encourage health and wellbeing activities;How to safely educate children;How to … Read full story

STP Funding Finder June 2020

Scotland’s Towns Partnership have issued their finding finder for June 2020. The categories they are looking for funding in are as follows: COVID-19RegenerationEnvironmentEnergyHealthy TownsCulture and ArtsEmployment and TrainingInnovation and GrowthCommunity Funding For full details of how to get involved, please see here … Read full story

Reflections Series 2020: Re-Imagining a New Outdoors

The LIS Reflections series aim to foster greater debate and transfer of knowledge within the profession. These events seek to be a platform for information exchange and give opportunities for discussion between members regarding a range of contemporary issues that concern and impact upon the landscape profession Re-imagining a New Outdoors – Call for Ideas and Showcase Following on from the Reflections Series discussion between Senior Practitioners on the Impact of Covid 19 on the landscape profession in Scotland, Landscape Institute Scotland … Read full story

Mark Turnbull Travel Award 2019 winners

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. In 2019, the Mark Turnbull Travel Award has two winners: Samuel Cortis … Read full story

Reflections Series: Impact of Covid-19 on the Landscape Profession in Scotland

The LIS Reflections series aim to foster greater debate and transfer of knowledge within the profession. These events seek to be a platform for information exchange and give opportunities for discussion between members regarding a range of contemporary issues that concern and impact upon the landscape profession. The Landscape Institute Scotland responded to a call by members to facilitate the exchange of ideas between landscape practitioners to enable all to share, learn and better understand the impact that Covid-19 is … Read full story

Patrick Geddes – the UK’s First Landscape Architect

Tom Turner, in a FOLAR/MERL lecture, argues that the principles of the landscape urbanism approach to planning and design grew from a long tradition and were assembled by Patrick Geddes. Watch the video and join the Youtube Comment section (below the video) at 1pm on Friday 15th May HERE In the second half of the twentieth century there were taken further by Jaqueline Tyrwhitt and Ian McHarg’s overlay approach and supplemented by ideas drawn from structuralist philosophy. Geddes and McHarg … Read full story

One Year from the launch – Scotland’s Landscape Alliance

Scotland’s Landscape Alliance (SLA) was formally launched on the 25th April 2019.  The SLA is a grouping of over 60 organisations with a common interest in raising awareness of the importance of Scotland’s landscapes to climate resilience and biodiversity, our economic performance and public health and wellbeing. In doing this, we want to gain public and political support for the better care of Scotland’s landscape and places to maximise future benefits. Our vision is a Scotland where the benefits of … Read full story

FOLAR: The Landscape Hour

FOLAR (The Friends Of the Landscape Archive at Reading) presents The Landscape Hour, a series of nine online lectures at 7pm every Sunday, hosted on YouTube. Full details of these lectures, including the links needed to access them, can be found here … Read full story

2020 Winner of The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects

Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland Winner of the Award Sharon Turnbull and the Landscape Institute Scotland are delighted to announce that Charlotte McLean is the winner of the 2020 Mark Turnbull Travel Award. Charlotte is a chartered landscape architect with over 25 years’ experience in landscape design and conservation.  She has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, with extensive experience in the private sector and on the planning side in local government (Historic England).  Much of her work … Read full story

2019-2020 LIS Chair’s Report

Hoping you and yours are well. Message from Rachel Tennant Chair, of Landscape Institute Scotland – The AGM’s for all branches cannot now take place due COVID-19. The AGM voting process for the Branches will be organised online by the LI and you will be notified shortly about that. In the meantime I  wanted  to offer you the opportunity to see what the Committee have been doing and why Scotland is one of the most active Branches in the UK. … Read full story


The LIS has taken the decision, in line with LI and government guidelines, to postpone all upcoming face to face events. This includes the Mark Turnbull Travel Award Winners and AGM that was scheduled for the end of April Full details of the LI’s advice during these difficult times can be found here We do hope that our members are staying safe and healthy, and doing what they can to contain the spread of the disease. … Read full story

BALI Scotland Regional AGM 2020 and Recycling Plant Tour

Venue: SRUC Oatridge CampusDate: 26th March 2020Location :Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, Mid Lothian, EH52 6NHOpening times: 2:30pm – 6.00pm The Scottish regional committee invites BALI members to its 2020 AGM at the SRUC Oatridge Campus, including updates from the region. BALI’s Chief Executive Wayne Grills will be in attendance providing an update from BALI Landscape House followed by a tour of a recycling plant tour. This is an opportunity for members to review the year, receive updates from BALI, network with other members … Read full story

RIAS Inclusive Design Seminar

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2020Time: 13.15 – 17.00Venue: Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BGCost: £20 – £30 + booking fee (£20 for RIAS Chartered Practice/ Practice Services Subscribers) For everyone to be involved in the social life of a community and contribute to the local economy, we need management and building design that provides for the varied user requirements of the public at large. In terms of our human rights, we should be enabled to be as … Read full story

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation & LIS AGM

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Please be aware of ongoing advice on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Landscape Institute that may affect this event. Please check here for up-to-date alerts. These alerts will inform members of any plans to postpone, cancel or move events to a digital platform. Mark Turnbull was one of the country’s most eminent Landscape Architects, winner of the Landscape Institute’s Gold Medal Award and recognised for the contribution that overseas learning and experience from his … Read full story

Sustainable Design Solutions in Response to the Climate Crisis

A symposium for the garden and landscape design and build industry Thursday 14 May 2020 From 9.30 to 4.30 pm Cost: Free with lunch and refreshments The symposium has been orchestrated to explore how our industry can reduce both its environmental impact and become more sustainable. All industries need to respond to the climate crisis. For our industry, we can move away from wasteful, unsustainable practices, be more mindful of what materials we use, conserve precious topsoil, collect and store … Read full story

Call for submissions: Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

This year the LIS is celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and as ever, we are hoping to highlight some of the amazing work our members are doing to help preserve and enhance Scotland’s coasts and waterways. In 2020, Scotland’s Coasts and Waters will be celebrated with a programme of activity designed to inspire both visitors and locals to explore and experience our unrivalled shores. Over the summer, we would like to run a social media showcase of some excellent examples … Read full story

Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation and LIS AGM 2020

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation and LIS AGM 2020 will be held n the 23rd of April from 6pm till 8pm at the Edinburgh College of Art The speakers announced are: Samuel Cortis: Making Room for Social Spaces; an exploration of how community focused and managed landscapes can shape development strategies for Scotland.Dr Amber Roberts:  Climate Change Innovations – Learning from Europe Plus guest speakers Rene Sommer Lindsay – former director of the Copenhagen Climate Resilient Neighbourhood project, Klimakvarter and Designing a Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood, … Read full story

Integrative placemaking – addressing the ‘silos’ with collaborative approaches

February 28 @ 8:30 am – 6:15 pm The places we live and work in are formed by an amalgam of policies, designs and decisions over time. Yet so many of the statutory, policy and behavioural systems pull in competing directions. ‘Working in silos’ has become one of the explanations for failed places at different scales. These can be competing or conflicting professional disciplines or authorities, client departments or organisations. Lack of collaboration or information sharing, lack of a shared vision or … Read full story

Landscapes for the Future

Amber Roberts, one of the winners of the 2019 Mark Turnbull Travel Award, has begun her travels to research her chosen topic of Leaning from Europe through which she hopes to understand how European countries are adapting to the threats posed by climate change. Travelling in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, she will explore a range of climate responses relevant to the conditions of Scotland, specifically that of flood risk visiting the examples of Vejle and Rotterdam, food security … Read full story

RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020

Open for Entries: RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020 Submission deadline: Thursday 20th February 2020 (an early bird discount of 10% is available until Thursday 6th February 2020) Entries are now invited for the RIAS/RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020 – celebrating the best in Scottish architecture! Now in their ninth year, the combined RIAS/RIBA Awards continue to demonstrate the quality and breadth of current architectural endeavour in Scotland. Submissions should be made via our online entry form, click HERE for full … Read full story

Scottish winners at the LI awards

The LIS would like to congratulate all Scottish practices and members who were winners and specially recognised at the LI Awards this year. Find out more about the projects and portfolios that were commended below Winner of Client of the Year: Derek Dunsire of Glasgow City Council Read more about this project here Special Recognition in Design for a Medium Scale Development: V&A Dundee Public Realm by Optimised Environments Read more about this project here For a full list of … Read full story

Become an Ambassador for Landscape

Do you want to encourage the next generation to choose landscape as a career path, to support up and coming landscape architects, and to promote the profession to a wider audience? Are you a member of the Landscape Institute? Have you considered becoming an Ambassador for Landscape? Ambassadors for Landscape work with the Landscape Institute Scotland to ensure that people, both young and old, who are considering their career options are aware of landscape as an option and have the … Read full story

Edinburgh P2C Study Group

Helen Willey of Optimised Environments in Edinburgh is running a P2C study group that is currently open to new members. The group is open to people currently on the LI’s Pathway to Chartership as well as people thinking of starting the P2C The group meets every second Wednesday from 6pm at the OPEN office in Edinburgh- 2nd Floor, 2 Lister Square, Quartermile Two, Edinburgh EH3 9GL If you would like to join this study group, please contact Fiorella Modolo – … Read full story