Staying ahead of the curve – Glasgow’s 21st Century buildings of learning

Over 130,000 students from 135 different countries have chosen Glasgow as their place of study. What are the planning and urban design issues that underpin building for learning in Glasgow City Centre? This engaging tour, delivered in partnership between the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter and Glasgow City College sets out to answer this question. Through an interactive guided tour we will explore the multi-million pound City Campus. Professionals, or simply those with an interest in our City’s architecture and … Read full story

LIS to present to the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment

We are excited that Meg Johannessen of LIS is presenting the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange this evening at the Scottish Parliament on Young People and Place Making as part of the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment. She is presenting with Streets Ahead – Children’s Parliament; Happenstance – WAVEparticle, A town Hall for All – Austin-Smith:Lord and Pennicuik pupils. See Meg’s full presentation here … Read full story

Scotland 2050: RTPI Annual Conference

Context National Planning Framework 4 will set out a vision for how Scotland should be planned over the next 20 to 30 years. Early work on preparing NPF4 will follow the Planning Bill. So what do we want this to advocate? Do we want or need Scotland to be business as usual? Or should we be advocating for inclusive growth, balanced growth, a resilient country? And what will the impacts be of technological change? How could NPF support communities and … Read full story

Young People and Placemaking – Cross Party Group on Architecture

The Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment aims to maintain a forum of MSPs and others to promote and further the economic, social, environmental and cultural contributions that architecture and the planned environment make to the quality of life of Scotland’s citizens. Also, while acknowledging the responsibilities devolved to the Scottish Parliament, to sustain a dialogue on Scottish architecture, planning and built environment in the European and World contexts. The Meeting will take place in Committee … Read full story

The Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange

On Friday the 24th of August, ECA hosted the first Young Landscape Architects’ Knowledge Exchange with support from the LIS and sponsorship from AECOM and TGP Landscape Architects. The day was spent talking prospective landscape architects through day to day life in practice, informing them about different routes into the profession and giving them a crash course on design principals and place making. We started the day with LIS committee member and student representative, Alex Burton of LUC, defining landscape … Read full story

Plant Biosecurity: Oak Processionary Moth Issue

In response to recent interceptions of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) (Thaumetopoea processionea) on larger imported oak trees, new import and movement controls are being put in place to protect against the imminent danger of introducing this pest into the UK OPM Protected Zone. The OPM Protected Zone consists of all areas of the UK outwith London and surrounding areas, where OPM is already established. The new measures will be in effect in England from Tuesday 21 August 2018 and are … Read full story

Piper’s Peace – Scottish Winners of the Gardens for Peace project

The LIS is delighted to announce that Edinburgh based landscape architects Anna Rhodes (Young Planting Designer Finalist at RHS Taton 2017) and Melissa Orr (Gardens By The Bay – Singapore) have won the Gardens for Peace project as the Scottish representatives. The Gardens for Peace project will 15 permanent perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, an area of the country with a high number of war memorial sites. The project is initiated by Arts … Read full story

Commonwealth Games Legacy

Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Legacy – An RTPI West of Scotland Chapter Event August 2014 marked the close of the XX Commonwealth Games: the most ambitious of a programme of major cultural events that Glasgow has delivered to date. Four years later, as the inaugural European Championships kick off in the City, there is the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the Games in Glasgow’s ongoing regeneration. Hosting international multi-sport events can provide a short term injection of economic growth. … Read full story

Mark Turnbull Travel Award Winner

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

LIS ESALA Student Award Winners 2018

On the 5th of July this year, the landscape architecture department at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture held it’s annual exhibition as part of the ECA Degree Show 2018 This year the Landscape Institute Scotland Prizes went to: Best Student Prize – Emma Thompson ESALA Portfolio Prize – Emily Cropton Peter Daniels Prize for best skills in site analysis – Molly Gordon.   Emma Thompson – Best Student Prize My graduating work at The University of Edinburgh … Read full story

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative

How can you turn a Vision for landscape-scale working into Action through the power of uniting in partnership? Whether you are experienced in this way of working, or looking to establish a new collaboration, join us in the central belt of Scotland for two days of sharing inspiring stories, best practise and your experiences. Download the agenda from the IFLI website here. Book for the full two days including the conference meal, or select to attend one day. Visions to Actions is … Read full story

FutureTown Design Competition

A national design competition inviting people to submit innovative ideas for positive change in their town or city neighbourhood has been launched today. Now in its fourth year, the FutureTown Design Competition is aimed at provoking ideas and encouraging new approaches to highlight what the country’s towns could look like now and in the future. Organised by national agency for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the winner is chosen by the public through an online vote. Entries gain significant media attention for … Read full story

RHS Green Plan-It Challenge 2018

Call for RHS Green Plan It Challenge Mentors The RHS is on the lookout for people working in the horticulture industry across the central belt of Scotland to mentor small teams of secondary school students through their annual Green Plan It Challenge.  Being a mentor is an opportunity to help young people learn about the world of plants and to challenge their perception of horticulture, while also being valuable to your own professional development. Once matched with your team, you … Read full story

LIS Facilitated Debate at The Scottish Parliament – 5th June 2018

‘Landscape for Scotland’ – Working together to help shape quality in landscape and place The Landscape Institute Scotland launched Landscape for Scotland at the Scottish Parliament at the end of 2017:  Read Landscape for Scotland  A follow up lively debate facilitated by Lesley Riddoch was held at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, 5th June 2018 with over 80 people attending from a range of organisations that have a shared interest in Landscape and Place. The aim of the event was to engage … Read full story

Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange

ESALA and the Landscape Institute Scotland are proud to present the Young Landscape Architects Knowledge Exchange as part of Scotland’s Year of Youth 2018. What? An introduction to Landscape Architecture and chance for graduates, current students, and prospective students to meet and share advice – sponsored by the Landscape Institute Scotland as part of the Year of Young People. The event will provide a relaxed environment for young people to meet, discuss, and learn about Landscape Architecture, collaborate on designs, … Read full story

LIS AGM 2018

The 2018 LIS AGM and Reflections talk was a huge success. Many thanks to those that spoke on the night and all our members in attendance. This year we shone a spotlight on the benefits of sharing knowledge with landscape architects overseas. The evening started with four wonderful talks from landscape architects with experience working overseas for Reflections: Then and Now. The full slides for their presentations can be seen here. The Mark Turnbull Travel Award for Graduate Landscape Architects was … Read full story

LIS Launches the Mark Turnbull Travel Award

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

LIS Reflections – Then and Now

As part of the 2018 LIS AGM event, a fantastic series of speakers presented Reflections – Then and Now, looking at how progress and globalisation has effected learning, understanding and practice in the landscape sectors. The speakers, all at different stages in their careers and all with experience working in overseas practice, used their experience to examine what the future might hold for landscape architects and how we can prepare for it. The speakers for this Reflections Series talk were: … Read full story

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