FCS Quarterly Tree Update

The Forestry Commission Scotland has published their quarterly tree update, including news on: P. ramorum Dendroctonus micans Launch of the Scottish Centre of Expertise for Plant Health New timber import legislation The full update can be read on the FCS website … Read full story

SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

Successful approaches to regenerating Scotland’s places: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop – 31st May This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the Portal Townhouse in Irvine on 31 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards regenerating Scotland’s places with two winning projects from both the ‘Most Improved Place’ and ‘Housing’ categories highlighted in the 2017 SURF Awards process. SURF and the Scottish Government work together to identify and highlight excellence and innovation in initiatives that address social and economic … Read full story

Creating health, wealth and happiness in your town – a Scottish Town’s Partnership workshop

STP Workshop: Creating Health, Wealth and Happiness in Your Town 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday 25th April 2018. Architectire & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership on 25th April 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. Features of this interactive workshop include: Key speakers from Scottish Government, the Improvement Service, PAS and … Read full story

CSGN Annual Forum

‘Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation’ CSGN Launch Annual Forum The importance of greenspace for young people is set to be highlighted in the annual Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Forum. ‘Children, Young People + Greenspace = A Healthy Equation’ will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday 14 June and will feature world-renowned experts including the multi-award-winning landscape architect, Adam White and architect Hanna Johansson, who has been instrumental in creating the vision to transform … Read full story

Architecture Fringe: Final Saturday Meet Up

The last Architecture Fringe open meet-up will be at Out Of The Blue in Edinburgh on Saturday 7th April 2018. Please note this meet-up will start at 10am and finish at 12 noon. 10am Saturday 7th April 2018 Out Of The Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8RG Got a project idea or need some help? These monthly meet-ups are for participants to present ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed projects being put towards the open … Read full story

Gardens for Peace

The Gardens of Peace project consists of creating around fifteen perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, in France, a hundred years after the end of  the First World War. This new memorial trail will pay tribute to the countless deaths on French soil between 1914 and 1918, and bear witness to the number and diversity of the countries involved in this conflict. The project is initiated by the Association Art & gardens – Hauts-de-France … Read full story

LIS AGM and Reflections Event 2018

LIS AGM & REFLECTIONS SERIES: ‘THEN AND NOW’ Wednesday 25th April 2018 6-9pm: Basement Theatre, Adam House, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR   The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday 25th April at Adam House basement theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. The full programme of the event can be viewed here. Reflections Series: ‘Then and Now’ The difference between graduating as a landscape architect in the late 20th century and in the early 21st century is … Read full story

Scottish Modernist Landscape Project

The Sco.Mo Project is a Landscape Institute Scotland funded project that is here to promote and implement the documentation, preservation and celebration of Scottish Modernist Landscape Architecture (1945-1999). It has come to the attention of the LIS and Sco.Mo Team that Scotland’s landscape modernist heritage is woefully underrepresented, with often little or no information to be found as a collective and engaging resource. We need your help The project is currently in its early phase – although we aim to … Read full story

National Parks Conference

The SCNP are holding their annual conference and AGM on Friday the 20th of April from 10:30am till 4:00pm at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling.  The title of the conference is Growing The Family of National Parks in Scotland. It aims to discuss the significant progress being made to establish new National Parks in Scotland and to learn lessons from the two established parks.   Speakers: Grant Moir – Cairngorms National Park Authority Jane Bower – Campaign … Read full story

Architecture Fringe March Meetup

The next open Architecture Fringe meet-up will be at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:15am for a 10:30pm start til 1pm.  The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU Got a project idea or need some help? These monthly meet-ups are for participants to present ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed projects being put towards the open programme. All analogue – just bring your ideas on some paper to pin up on the wall. The Architecture … Read full story

Architecture and Design Scotland is looking for new Board members

Do you want to help shape Scotland’s built environment? Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to two new Board members of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).   About Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) was established in 2005 to promote good architecture and sustainable design. The organisation’s role is to improve the quality of development in Scotland and support and promote excellence in the delivery of good architecture, successful places and efficient processes. This role requires … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2018 – February Meet Up

  Join Architecture Fringe for a morning of good ideas, good chat and good people this Saturday at the February meet-up for the Architecture Fringe 2018. The meeting will be at Custom Lane in Edinburgh on Saturday 03 February 2018, 10:15 for 10:30am til 1pm. Tea, coffee, cake! – Custom Lane, 67 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LH Got a project idea or need some help? These monthly meet-ups are for participants to present ideas, get feedback and get some help for self-directed projects … Read full story

BIM & Digital Transformation Scotland 2018- Towards a Digital Built Scotland

FutureScot is delighted to announce BIM & Digital Transformation Scotland 2018- Towards a Digital Built Scotland, a full-day conference examining Scotland’s ‘digital revolution’ for the built environment. The digital transformation of the industry is well underway, offering a new paradigm for efficiencies in project delivery, equating to what industry experts are calling a ‘digital construction revolution’. This conference will bring together industry experts to discuss innovative ways to improve performance, efficiency, data management and reduce costs, as well as examine new technologies … Read full story

EAA CPD: Planning Applications

EAA CPD : Planning Applications Date: Wednesday the 21st of February. 6pm till 7pm Location: Room G.06. University of Edinburgh Guidance on National Standards for the Validation and Determination of Planning Applications and other related consent Speaker: Nancy Jamieson, City of Edinburgh Council Tickets can be booked HERE. A talk on the general principles, validation requirements and related documentation. Exploring common pit falls and confirming assured way to successful application for consents. There will be ample discussion time also for any … Read full story

Mackentosh 150

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of famed Glaswegian designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Mackintosh Group is hosting a year long programme of events exploring his lasting legacy. For full details of all events that will be part of the celebrations, please see the Glasgow Mackintosh Group website. … Read full story

The David Skinner Memorial Lecture 2018

This year the David Skinner Memorial Lecture will be given by Henry Bava, co-founder of Agence Ter. It promises to be a fantastic and fascinating evening for everyone who comes along. This year, the lecture is moving from it’s normal venue to the Basement Theatre, Adam House, 3 Chamber Street, Edinburgh. It will be from 7pm on Wednesday the 28th of March, with matriculated ESALA students able to attend for free and other tickets costing £5 on the door.Make sure to … Read full story

Upcoming Pathway to Chartership courses

For anyone looking for some guidance with upcoming P2C exams, Landscape:LED and the LI will be running courses over the next few months to assist you. Landscape:LED will be running Pathway to Chartership: Professional Practice for Landscape Architects, a two day seminar, from Thursday the 6th of February to Friday the 7th. For more details, including how to book, please see here. The LI will be running their Professional Practice Course for Landscape Architects across the 10th, 17th and 24th … Read full story

CSGN Young Person’s Travel Grant

The High Line in New York, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Bosco Verticale in Milan are just some of the world-renowned examples of green infrastructure which are already being used to inspire the development of projects in central Scotland. By applying for the Central Scottish Green Network travel grant of up to £1,000 (£500 if visiting an initiative in the UK), you could be in with a chance to visit anywhere in the world to learn more about green infrastructure projects like these … Read full story

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

The Landscape Institute has announced the names of the 82 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise in the recent Pathway to Chartership Exams held in London and Manchester on 7th-8th and 15th-16th November 2017. The successful candidates include  three experienced practitioners who attained chartership through the new route, and the overall pass rate was 78%. During individual examinations lasting 45-60 minutes, candidates demonstrated to an experienced panel of Chartered Members and Fellows … Read full story

RHS Community Outreach with Saheliya, Glasgow

Landscape Architect and designer Anca Panait of AHR has been working in partnership with (RHS) Scotland as part of their 2017 Greening Grey Britain campaign which aims to help organisations supporting young people to work in partnership to transform grey spaces in their local communities into thriving neighbourhood places for people and wildlife. The Young Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls aged 12-25 in … Read full story

LIS Launches ‘Landscape for Scotland’ – Our Vision for Scotland…

The Landscape Institute Scotland were delighted to present ‘Landscape for Scotland’ in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament on the evening of Tuesday, 14th November 2017. Read all about the launch event at the Scottish Parliament and our vision for Scotland HERE Read Landscape for Scotland  The writing of this document was heavily influenced by our most recent membership survey, the executive summary for which can be found here. … Read full story

LI Awards 2017 – Scottish Winners

The LIS would like to congratulate all Scottish winners and highly commended entrants at this year’s LI Awards, which were presented by Landscape Institute honorary fellow, Bill Bryson on the 23rd of November. It was a fantastic year for Scottish projects, practices, landscape architects and students. We are thrilled to announce that our committee member Dan Walker has won the Outstanding Contribution Through Volunteering award. The judges said: ‘Dan Walker has been a driving force behind the Landscape Institute in Scotland and is … Read full story

‘From the past to the future: towards a new paradigm in landscape and environment’: Professor Brian Mark Evans

Talk for Landscape Institute In 2016, Brian and Sue Evans published ‘Growing Awareness: How green consciousness can change perceptions and places’. The book distils the research and learning from 5 years of the CSGN Forum in three sections of learning – from thought, place and action. In this talk for the LIS in June 2017 Brian puts the lessons from ‘Growing Awareness’ in the context of 40 years of practice in Scotland and internationally founding on the seminal influence of … Read full story


CSGNT are looking for examples of greening projects in Edinburgh that can be used as case studies in the new EU research project, NATURVATION. They are interested in questions such as Where did the idea come from? What have been important conditions for the successful progression from idea to real-world implementation? Are there any structural barriers preventing the innovation to be implemented elsewhere? They hope to use this knowledge in order to gain a better understanding of opportunities and barriers for … Read full story

Rebecca Hughes The World Design Summit

The World Design Summit is happening now in Montreal. Find out all about the events taking place as part of the summit here. LIS Policy Officer, Rebecca Hughes, spoke at the summit, presenting her paper titled “Securing high quality and sustainable landscape design for transport infrastructure in Scotland “ … Read full story

Prospect and Refuge

The LIS is pleased to report that the Prospect and Refuge exhibition, part of the Festival of Architecture 2017, was a success. The exhibition was displayed at The Hidden Gardens and The Mitchell Library in Glasgow throughout the middle of September. Prospect and Refuge celebrates Glasgow based Landscape Architect, Anca Panait, who has been shortlisted for The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 2017 Young Designer of the Year Competition at the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park. Many thanks to The Mitchell Library … Read full story

ECA Landscape Architecture Graduate wins prestigious European Award

The LIS is delighted to report that Peter Kennedy, who graduated from the MSc Landscape Architecture Programme in June 2016 with distinction, has won the prestigious European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools best masters portfolio at an awards ceremony in Greenwich London. Work undertaken in the first semester of final year was situated in Krakow, Poland and dealt with an extremely challenging range of issues on the site of a former concentration camp.   Peter’s aim was to design a place … Read full story

ESALA Exhibitions – ECA Degree Show 2017

In June the Landscape Architecture Department at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) held its annual exhibition as part of the ECA Degree Show 2017. This year the Landscape Institute Scotland prizes were awarded to the following students Best Student Prize – Lidia Szatkowska awarded Best Student in the MS course ESALA Portfolio Prize – Helen Willey & Sara Crichton jointly awarded the ESALA Portfolio Prize Peter Daniels Prize – Helen Willey, Sara Crichton, Bella Knemeyer, Charlie … Read full story

Density Well Done and Walkable Communities

Date: 24 October 2017 Time: 10.00 – 16.30 Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh Organiser: Paths for All Price: £135 Booking: tickets can be purchased online Event Partners: Architecture and Design Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Paths for All, RTPI Scotland, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scottish Government Planning and Transport Scotland. Join international planning expert, Brent Toderian for an in-depth masterclass covering the smart design of active communities where people can thrive. Good quality walking environments are vital to encourage people to … Read full story

River Restoration Workshop

There remains the urgent need to improve water quality in Scotland despite what Brexit may ultimately throw at us. Restoring watercourses to their (near) natural state has an ongoing momentum driven by SEPA and local authorities amongst others. This half-day workshop, run by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management will include a site visit to one of the largest river restoration projects recently completed; Stane Gardens on the South Calder Water in North Lanarkshire. This project has seen … Read full story

LIS FOA2017 – ‘At Home with Landscape Architecture’ Doors Open Day

horner maclennan Landscape Architects: Doors Open Day – Tuesday, 5th September 2017 This year the LIS participated in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme under the title of ‘At Home with Landscape Architecture’ in Inverness with the aim of: Showing best practice examples of residential design and place making from macro to micro; Demonstrating to members of the public and other built environment professionals how the landscape profession helps create great places for communities to live as well … Read full story

RTPI Scotland SPEL Conference 2017

The Scottish Planning & Environmental Law (SPEL) Conference 2017 Thursday 21 September, Edinburgh   Anticipating and Preparing for Change The 26th SPEL Conference takes place in the run up to the publication of the Planning White Paper towards the end of the year.  Although the precise nature of change is not yet known, we can speculate where it may happen and what the consequences might be.  As we anticipate what a future planning system is going to look like, planning … Read full story

My Town, The New Town

The RTPI West of Scotland have announced their upcoming talk – My Town, The New Town – looking at the history of architecture and placemaking in Cumbernauld. In its seventy year history Cumbernauld has been celebrated, neglected, and reviled – in that order. Despite being an ambitious multi-award winning 1960s set piece of post-war architecture and planning, by the early 1990s Cumbernauld had acquired a notorious reputation as one of Scotland’s most reviled products of that era. The real story … Read full story

Reflections Series – Old and New Icons: The Role of Landscape Architecture

LIS are pleased to announce the next Reflections series talk “Old and New Icons: The Role of Landscape Architecture.” A talk that explores how landscape architecture is playing a pivotal role in the revival of old icons, and the development of the new. Rolf Roscher from erz will be discussing their work for the famous post-war masterpiece, St Peter’s Seminary at Cardross. Ben Palmer from Open will present Open’s contribution to the new V&A in Dundee – the first ever … Read full story

European Dark Sky Places Conference

In September this year ‘It’s More Than Just Light’ – the first European Dark Sky Places conference will be held in Scotland, UK. The conference is a three day event taking place from the 20th to the 22nd of September at the Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.  The conference is a chance for the UK, Europe & further afield to come together as one and begin the process of change in how we manage our nocturnal environment and … Read full story

RTPI Scotland Annual Conference 2017

The Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland will be hosting their annual conference on Tuesday, 3rd of October 2017 at the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh The planning system in Scotland is undergoing a significant review and a Planning Bill is scheduled to be published before the end of the year. At the same time UN Habitat III in Quito has published the new urban agenda which outlines how planners and planning have a vital role in improving the quality of life for … Read full story

‘At Home With Landscape Architecture’ – Doors Open Day 2017

The LIS are participating in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme across Scotland on the 5th and the 16th of September. The aims of this scheme are to: Show best practice examples of residential design and place making from macro to micro. Demonstrate to members of the public and other built environment professionals how the landscape profession helps create great places for communities to live as well as increase natural capital, integrate aesthetic issues with practical demands for safety, access, property value, … Read full story

Prospect and Refuge

  As part of the Festival of Architecture 2017, the LIS are hosting the Prospect and Refuge exhibition. This exhibition is based on the creation of ‘The Garden Office’ encouraging people at home to take their working environment outdoors. Glasgow based Landscape Architect, Anca Panait has been shortlisted for The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 2017 Young Designer of the Year Competition at the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park. As part of the competition, her garden will be constructed, exhibited and judged … Read full story

Green Plan It Challenge

The Green Plan It Challenge is a programme for secondary school students aged between 12-14 to creatively connect with and be inspired by horticulture. The mentor’s role is to guide a group of 6 young people through the ten week challenge, sharing their knowledge about plants and providing an insight into the horticulture industry. This year’s Challenge is being run from Edinburgh but we are looking for mentors to support schools signed up from across Scotland – in particular, Ayrshire, … Read full story

Architecture Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival

The Architecture Fringe is already underway and the Edinburgh Festival is coming up. There are a huge number of events across these two festivals that the LIS thinks would be of interest to those in the landscape profession from exhibitions to talks to film screenings. Take a look through our list of upcoming festival events that focus on landscape, urban design and place making. 57 Degrees North – Bothy Culture – An evening of short talks, music, stories and song celebrating Bothy Culture past and present … Read full story

Tesco Bags for Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK*. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who is working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.   How does Bags of Help work? Bags of Help is now is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are … Read full story

‘At Home With Landscape Architecture’ – Doors Open Day September 2017

Following the success of the Festival of Architecture 2016, the Landscape Institute Scotland in association with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland is doing it all over again – FoA2017 is here! The month of September will see Scotland celebrating the Scottish Landscape and Architecture Professions based on this year’s theme, our homes. The LIS wish to participate through the Scottish Civic Trust ‘Doors Open Day’ scheme. We are inviting practices and organisations to celebrate by opening their doors … Read full story

LIS Chair speaks at Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) Annual Convention 2017

  Rachel Tennant Chair of Landscape Institute Scotland was invited to speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) at their annual convention in Stirling on Friday, 12th May 2017. The theme was Internationalism and Rachel elaborated on her experience of not underestimating the role of serendipity in making decisions about going International as well as the importance of understanding your unique skills in relation to the needs of the world market. Other keynote speakers included Ian Ritchie, Karen Cook and … Read full story

Congratulations to new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI)

The Landscape Institute has announced the names of the 75 new Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), who all satisfied the LI’s standards of knowledge and expertise in the recent Pathway to Chartership Exams held in London and Manchester on 9th-10th and 17th-18th May. The pass rate continues to increase from previous sessions, now standing at 83%, the highest since November 2011. During individual examinations lasting 45-60 minutes, candidates demonstrated to an experienced panel of Chartered Members and Fellows of the Landscape Institute … Read full story

50 Years of Conservation Planning

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation would like to invite you to their event – 50 Years of Conservation Planning. The event will focus on Ayr and Mabole and will include various talks highlighting areas of conversation planning interest. The event will take place on Tuesday the 13th of June at the Ayr County Buildings from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Details of how too book your ticket and a full programme for the event can be viewed here. … Read full story

LIS AGM 2017 & Mark Turnbull Gold Medal Award

The Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) Annual General Meeting 2017 was a real success, and we would like to extend our thanks to all our speakers who shared their reflections and memories on the life and work of Mark Turnbull, our former chair, throughout the evening. Mark Turnbull A Celebration & Gold Medal Award Following a celebration of the life and work of Mark Turnbull at the AGM of the Landscape institute Scotland on the 26th April 2017, Sharon Turnbull accepted … Read full story