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

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy – Speakers’ talks

We were able to record the talks of all our speakers who gave talked at the 50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy exhibition launch on the 23rd of October and we are delighted to share those recordings with you here. Professor Sandy Liddell Halliday – Principal, Gaia Research on the theme of McHarg and Urban Ecology Multiply and Subdue Professor Brian Mark Evans, Professor of Urbanism+Landscape at the Mackintosh School of Architecture … Read full story

Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange & design charette 2019

In conjunction with the Landscape Institute Scotland’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Ian McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’ A design for Little France Park, Craigmiller, Edinburgh The Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the outcomes of the Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange that forms part of the celebration of the life and works of Ian McHarg, 50 years on from his seminal work Design with Nature that has and continues to inspire the profession of landscape architecture today. At a one-day design … Read full story

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy

Landscape Institute Scotland presented the 50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature: A Celebration of Influence & Legacy through a 10 day long exhibition and an opening launch on the evening of the 22nd October at the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art. Ian McHarg’s seminal text ‘Design with Nature’ had a huge impact on the profession of landscape architecture, shifting its focus from an aesthetic basis towards a large-scale ecological approach. The text also had a great influence … Read full story

Scotland’s Towns Week 2019

Scotland’s Towns Week is this 18-24 November! This is the annual celebration of the nation’s towns and city districts as well as all those organisations and individuals who support Scotland’s places. Coordinated by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Scotland’s Improvement Districts, Scotland’s Towns Week is a great chance to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities, and ultimately to help bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres. Read more here. How to Get Involved There’s lots happening during … Read full story

The Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards

AALDA 2020 – Seeking Nominations for Landscape Award The Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards (AALDA) is a bi-annual award scheme, currently in its 12th year, which aims to promote the very best in design across Aberdeenshire. The scheme recognises the importance of landscape design not only as part of wider developments but also in its own right. They are eager to promote and expand this category to highlight and reward landscaping schemes, both big and small, across Aberdeenshire and … Read full story

International School Grounds Alliance Conference, Stirling 2020

National school grounds charity, Learning through Landscapes (LtL) is to host an international conference on outdoor learning and play in September 2020. In partnership with the International School Grounds Alliance, the event will feature practical workshops and sessions by outdoor learning and play experts from across the UK and beyond. The International School Grounds Conference 2020 will see hundreds of school grounds designers, teachers and early years educators from around the world gather for three days of learning and developing … Read full story

The Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture 2019 – the legacy of Sherry Arnstein

Is Scotland’s housing fit for purpose? THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2019 Old College – G.159 – MacLaren Stuart Room Edinburgh University 6pm till 9pm This event is the 5th in a series dedicated to the memory of Howard Liddell, eco-architect and one of the founders of the Scottish Ecological Design Association. When Howard died in 2013 he was planning a book – Ecomax – based on his heroes, all eco-pioneers. Each of the lectures focuses on one of these eco-pioneers. In … Read full story

OPIT Climate Change Impacts Guide: Launch Event

OCT 08 OPIT Climate Change Impacts Guide: Launch Event by Historic Environment Scotland FollowFree Actions and Detail Panel   OPIT Climate Change Impacts Guide: Launch Event Tue, October 8, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM BSTFreeRegister Event Information The Climate Change Impacts Guide will be launched at the City Chambers in Glasgow at 11 am on the 8th of October 2019. About this Event The Climate Change Impacts Guide is a commitment of the Our Place in Time (OPIT) Climate Change … Read full story

The David Skinner Memorial Lecture 2019

The annual David Skinner Memorial Lecture will be taking place on Wednesday the 23rd of October from 7pm in the Main Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art. This year Johanna Gibbons, founding member of J&L Gibbons, will be delivering the lecture. Johanna Gibbons is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Geography Birkbeck University London. Johanna was trained at eca under David Skinner and founded her … Read full story

Scottish Young Professionals Social

The RTPI are running their annual Young Professionals Social once again, with assistance from the LIS. This is a great opportunity for young planners and landscape architects to get together and make some new connections. The social will be held on Thursday the 3rd of October from 5pm at All Bar One on St Vincent Street in Glasgow. Tickets are free and all ticket holders get one free drink with a drink voucher (provided at the venue). Tickets can be … Read full story

Changing Places – Collaborating to make a difference – RTPI Scotland Annual Conference 2019

The new Planning Act, the Place Principle, the Place Standard and community planning show that public policy and planning practice in Scotland is aiming to become more place-focused and collaborative. Given this, the conference will 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. These will explore issues including economic growth, design, regeneration, health, travel and … Read full story

Climate Change Impacts Guide Launch

With the launch of the Climate Change Impacts Guide on the 8th of October drawing ever closer, a celebration of its launch has been arranged The Impacts Guide is the product of a collaborative sector approach and will detail climate change impacts on all aspects of the historic environment, the climate hazards they face, their vulnerability, and potential adaptation measures that can be applied. This guide is the first of its kind – it places Scotland’s historic environment at the heart … Read full story

Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

The Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment debate and discussion on Housing and Liveable Cities. The Meeting will take place in Committee Room 2. Following on from the meeting in March looking at the Scottish Government’s 2040 Vision for Housing programme and showcased opportunities for innovative and creative ways of delivering homes that can support our existing town centres and communities, this meeting will look further at housing’s contribution to liveable cities. Tickets should be booked at EventBrite … Read full story

Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange and design charette 2019

In conjunction with the Landscape Institute Scotland’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Ian McHarg’s ‘Design with Nature’ Description The Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange for 2019 that forms part of the celebration of the life and works of Ian McHarg, 50 years on from his seminal work Design with Nature that has and continues to inspire the profession of landscape architecture today. What? This event provides an introduction to the exciting world and career opportunities for … Read full story

Japanese Gardens talk

Yoko Kawaguchi, will be coming to Edinburgh and make two presentations on aspects of Japanese gardens to the Japanese Gardens Society. Yoko lectures on Japanese Garden History and has written a number of books on the subject. Full details of the meeting are as follows:-DATE – Saturday 14 September 2019TIME – 13.30pm VENUE – The event will be held in the Studio Theatre which is within the Augustine United Church, 41 -43 George 1V Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL 13.30 -Welcome and Introduction … Read full story

Vestre After Work event

Vestre is pleased to be holding their first Scottish Pop-Up After Work event at Barras Art & Design on Thursday 5th September 2019. We hope you will be able to join us between 6pm and 10pm to enjoy a post-work drink, good food, and to be inspired by Nordic design. Please register your free place through Eventbrite and if you have any questions contact romy@vestre.com. Velkommen! … Read full story

Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Garden and Greenspace Design

SRUC is looking for a new lecturer in garden and greenspace design. SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe.  Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors. Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Garden and Greenspace Design. The successful applicant should have a degree in Landscape Architecture or a related subject.  Experience … Read full story

Future Planning, Designing Places in a Climate Emergency

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT – BOOKINGS OPEN Future Planning: Designing Places in a Climate Emergency Tuesday 8th October 2019, University of Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow Continuing trends towards urbanisation and the pressing realities of a climate emergency require us to urgently revaluate how we plan, design and build the ways we live in and move around our urban environments. For a future-proofed, long-term approach to planning and delivery, resilience, liveability, and sustainability must become the essential building blocks of our towns … Read full story

RSA Architecture Forum 2019 – Our Place on Earth

Our Place on Earth This year’s RSA Forum will challenge the popular idea that ‘people make places’ by demonstrating that our ‘place on earth’ remains a powerful and omnipresent force that fundamentally effects our person, our national character, our culture and therefore our art and architecture. The Sublime Tradition Historically Scottish art and literature have wrestled with ideas of awe, intensity ruggedness, terror, and vastness emphasising our insignificance in the face of Nature, arousing emotions, and stimulating the imagination. Romantic … Read full story

Your Town: Clean, Green, Sustainable and Healthier

AUGUST 27, 2019 AT 1:30PM – 4:30PM Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership to discuss the importance of creating and promoting spaces for active and healthy communities; encouraging people to engage with the places they live in; and the potential for added-value for the local economy.     Key context speakers on national support and advice. Practical planning toolkit exercise. Town surgery sessions – seek out solutions and ideas for your town. Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners. Attendance is … Read full story

Winners of The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects

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. Winner of the Award The Landscape Institute Scotland are delighted to announce … Read full story

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

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

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