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 … 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 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

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

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