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

LIS Placemaking Competition 2014

The Winner of the Competition – The Helix Landscape, Falkirk/Grangemouth, designed by Ironside Farrar. In accepting the Award of £1,000, presented by Linda Fabiani MSP, Julian Farrar paid tribute to the client, the teams of professionals who made it happen, and to the local communities who have taken the scheme to their Hearts. Linda Fabiani, Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, said “This award illustrates the huge landscape challenges in brownfield and derelict land, and it shows … Read full story

LIS Lifetime Achievement Award

LIS awards the LIS’ first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Daniel in 2012     Peter Daniel photographed for his award in 2012   In November 2012, Peter Daniel became the first recipient of the Landscape Institute Scotland’s Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to a delighted Daniel at the Managing Change in Scotland’s Landscapes Conference in Perth. A further conversation was held with Peter at his home in early 2014, a charming manse in the Scottish Borders filled … Read full story

HarrisonStevens – Doors Open Day 2018

To celebrate the heritage and built environment, HarrisonStevens doors were opened to the public over the weekend in September 2018. Doors Open Days Scotland, nationally coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and funded by Historic Environment Scotland, is a month-long September festival that offers free access to over a thousand architectural venues across Scotland. This year Doors Open Days theme featured the Year of Young People 2018 and gave HarrisonStevens an opportunity to celebrate the continuous involvement they have in … Read full story

Architecture Fringe 2019 – Lighthouse Takeover

This year’s core programme exploring the In Real Life [IRL]provocation will see the Architecture Fringe production team take over The Lighthouse in central Glasgow for the whole of June. They will be packing the building with new commissioned work, key events and their always-a-sell-out opening party. Early highlights of the core programme include an exploration of queered space through the queer Glasgow club scene and an exhibition investigating the adaptive re-purposing of imagined existing buildings by some of the UK’s most exciting practices including Ann Nisbet Studio and You + Pea. The big lecture this year will … Read full story

World Monuments Fund – Nominate a Site to the 2020 Watch

The world’s most treasured sites are sustained by people who are passionate about their future. That’s why the World Monuments Fund need your help. The Watch Program The World Monuments Watch is a global program that uses cultural heritage conservation to improve the resilience of communities, enhance social inclusion, and build new capacities in the heritage conservation field and beyond. The 2020 World Monuments Watch will include 25 sites from around the world in need of urgent action, each site telling a local … Read full story

Early years and landscape architecture

A workshop with Senior Practitioners in August 2018 on the Scottish Governments Early Years Agenda. The output of the discussion formed part of a workshop on early years at the Education Buildings Scotland conference November 21/22, 2018, EICC, Edinburgh hosted by Scottish Government. The results of the work were further developed with young people and presented to John Swinney Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills The key outcomes for the profession are:- More outdoor learning space … Read full story

50th Anniversary of Ian McHarg’s Design With Nature – A Celebration

Exhibition/event Rationale: The exhibition is planned to celebrate the 50th year since the publication of Ian McHarg’s seminal text ‘Design With Nature’. The text 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 on the wider associated professions of planning and ecology and led to the development of Landscape Urbanism, an approach that underpins many influential contemporary design practices. So … Read full story

Architecture Career Exploration Day

Access to Creative Education Scotland. (ACES) Held an Architecture Insight on Friday 18th October at ESALA. Alex Burton inspired an audience of S4-S6 students into choosing a career in Landscape Architecture : Key points in his presentation include – what is Landscape Architecture, who might be interested in it, and where it could lead and his own pathway into Landscape Architecture and his current role ‘ … Read full story

Doors Open Day 2018

This September, Doors Open Day will be coming to lots of places around Scotland. You can find full listings of everything happening in your area on the Doors Open Day website, or take a look at our list of events that we think will be of interest to our members Amsfield Walled Garden – Amisfield Walled Garden dates from 1783. Designed by John Henderson for the 7th Earl of Wemyss, the garden once formed part of the policies of Amisfield House which … 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

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

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

Place and Design Panel Vaccancies

Are you passionate about the importance of place making and the role of good design in our built environment? Are you willing to contribute your expertise and enthusiasm to making a difference to design quality in West Dunbartonshire? Join the West Dumbartonshire Council Place and Design Panel; a new venture in early engagement and impartial, objective dialogue with upcoming development. The Place and Design Panel will play a key role in raising the quality of design development, improving the health, well-being, … 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

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

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

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

SGP event – Cherished Places – making the most of your local landscape designation

Battleby Conference Centre, Thursday 31 August 2017 SNH and HES consulted on Local Landscape Areas draft guidance in early 2017 and will publish revised guidance this summer.  Building on a decade’s experience, the new guidance will refresh the role of Local Landscape Areas in the planning system and promote their contribution towards a number of government objectives.   This event will present the new SNH/HES guidance on Local Landscape Areas and explore the opportunities to make more of these important and … Read full story

LIS Reflections Series – Glasgow NOW – Wednesday, 29th March

  The Landscape Institute Scotland Reflections Series of talks and events aims for greater debate and knowledge within the profession. The Glasgow NOW talks focus on three of the biggest projects happening in Glasgow right now. The speakers for the event include: Kirstin Taylor and Rory WIlson of LDA Design. They will be speaking on Sighthill TRA Graham Ross from Austin:Smith-Lord. He will be discussing The Districts Duncan McLean from LUC. He will be discussing Shawfield Masterplan For more information … Read full story

SNH Publish Technical Guidance for Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have published Technical Guidance for the Assessment of Impacts on Wild Land Areas in Scotland, along with accompanying wild land area descriptions for all 42 Wild Land Areas. You can read the Technical Guidance and WLA descriptions HERE The draft guidance has drawn on experience of assessing effects on Wild Land Areas (WLAs) since publication of Scottish Planning Policy in 2014. It includes annexes containing illustrative examples and frequently asked questions. The methodology draws on the descriptions … Read full story

Glasgow’s Draft Housing Strategy 2017-2022

Glasgow City Council, as part of its City Centre Strategy, is to develop a residential strategy for the area.  Glasgow city centre is already home to 28,000 people. The council has appointed international real estate advisor Savills to assist on this residential strategy, forming a team with expertise in economic development, local regeneration, housing, property and planning.  The team will consult with a range of city centre stakeholders. In the review of this residential strategy, the team will consider the … Read full story

LIS FOA2016 – A House and Grounds for an Art Collector – A Competition: Awards Presentation

  Eight teams entered the competition and six submitted proposals. Judging and presentation of awards took place on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. The LIS would like to thank the team of judges: Noel Farrer (Past President of the LI), Bill Cairns FLI, Jill Gerber of Cyril Gerber Fine Art and Compass Gallery, Sandy Robinson (Scottish Government Architect) and Glasgow architect and Past President of GIA Fiona Sinclair. The judging team was … Read full story

Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century

Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) has announced an upcoming interactive conference titled Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the New Century, which will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of August 2016. To mark the conference, PAS has developed a new awards programme to encourage all young people to engage in their local place. The Patrick Geddes Young Placemaker award will use the Geddes approach of ‘survey, analysis, plan’ to help make better and more inclusive places for the benefit of … Read full story

SNH Consultation on Draft Guidance on Coastal Character Assessment

In March, the LIS published an SNH Draft Coastal Character Assessment Guidance Consultation. The LIS Committee has since made comments on the draft (you can read more about the process in this covering letter) and wish to make those comments available to all LIS members. The current form of the draft, a Word document with tracked changes, can be viewed here. … Read full story

The Art of Placemaking – 2016 Central Scotland Green Network Forum

The Central Scotland Green Network trust have announced their annual forum and are keen to see a diverse audience joining them for it. Taking place on 21 June 2016 at the Glasgow School of Art, this one day conference will explore the role of the creative professions in helping communities to design, create and manage great green and blue places. The sixth CSGN Forum held jointly this year with The Glasgow School of Art, focuses on the role of artists … Read full story

Upcoming David Skinner Memorial Lecture

We just wanted to remind all our members that the David Skinner Memorial Lecture is coming up soon, on Wednesday the 16th of March at 7pm in the Main Lecture Theatre at the Edinburgh College of Art. It promises to be a really interesting event – hosted by Jaqueline Osty, who will be covering a variety of landscape topics from large public places, public parks to urban landscaping – and we hope to see some of you there. For more information, please … Read full story

In the Pipeline – what’s coming in the water industry

Scottish Water is hoping to have all ‘Section 7’ agreements for SUDs schemes completed by June 2016. This means that across Scotland all councils will be maintaining the above ground, and above the water line, part of a SUDs scheme. Scottish Water will be maintaining the below ground pipes and de-silting ponds etc. Although the Section 7 agreement is with the Roads department, they may contract that work out internally (ie parks department) for the landscape maintenance. Once this way … Read full story

LIS Christmas Drinks, Edinburgh – Wednesday, 2nd December 2015

The Landscape Institute Scotland invites members to celebrate the festive season with an evening of drinks in Edinburgh… Join us at No.8 in Edinburgh ( (Lister Square, Simpson Loan, Edinburgh EH3 9GL), with complimentary drinks available from 6pm onwards (for a limited time).   … Read full story

Saheliya Stalled Spaces Project

Stalled Spaces Scotland is a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and managed by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use. We are looking for great ideas that benefit local people and enhance town centres. The initiative is focused around projects being community led however there are some common areas where groups could benefit from some extra design principles assistance. Sites are often too … Read full story

LIS Placemaking Competition 2014 – Publication of Digital Book

Landscape Institute Scotland is delighted to announce the publication of the LIS Placemaking Competition Digital Book commemorating the competition showcasing Placemaking inspired projects by Landscape Architects in Scotland held in late November 2014. Click on the link below to view the digital book:   You can find more information about the competition and winners HERE You can find more information about the winners HERE   Many thanks for all those who entered the competition, visited the exhibition and voted!   … Read full story

Designing Streets Toolbox

Designing Streets Toolbox We have updated aligning consent framework ( ) within the Designing Street Toolbox. The update includes a next step proposal to have parallel time periods between planning and road consents (stage 1) and the first exemplar local guidance on street design, by Falkirk Council. … Read full story

Scottish Government: Place Standard Tool – Survey

Place Standard Tool The Scottish Government has been working with Partners NHS Health Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland to develop a Place Standards Assessment tool ( ). The aim of this tool is to support the delivery of high quality places – which can be instrumental in reducing health inequalities. Earlier this year, we carried out a number of workshops and public engagement activities to gather views on the current Place Standard tool. That feedback had assisted us in … Read full story

Climate X Change Wind Farm Impacts Study published

A report published today (Thursday, 2nd July 2015) by ClimateXChange increases our understanding of how to better predict and mitigate visual, shadow flicker and noise impacts of new wind farm developments in Scotland. The report presents the findings of a two-year study reviewing ten wind farms from across Scotland, comparing the impacts predicted before development to those evident once the wind farm is operational. The study finds the majority of assessments presented at planning stage for the ten case study wind farms followed visual, shadow … Read full story

‘Better places, better infrastructure, better lives: Delivering real value with urban trees’ Glasgow 22nd & Edinburgh 23rd June Seminars

    The Trees and Design Action Group ( is partnering with a wide consortium (including the CIHT, ICE Scotland, LI Scotland, A+D Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Edinburgh City Council, Central Scotland Green Network…and others!) to organise two exciting conferences exploring opportunities and innovative delivery solutions for making the most of trees in town centres, streets, car parks and other hard landscapes in the Scottish context. The events will be held on 22 June 2015 in Glasgow … Read full story

LIS Public and Third Sector Landscape Architects’ Seminar 2015

Scotland’s Public and Third Sector Landscape Architects convene in Edinburgh Over 40 participants met at Edinburgh City Chambers on Friday, 27th March 2015 to celebrate the work of Landscape Architects working in Scotland’s public and third sectors. Representatives were drawn from local authorities, national public bodies and environmental organisations and also included a number of members from private practice and students from the University of Edinburgh. The half-day event was organised by the Landscape Institute Scotland and chaired by Sue … Read full story


LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE PROPOSED GOVERNANCE CHANGES NOW TITLED FUTURE DIRECTION MEMBERS CONSULTATION CONSULTATION WITH LIS MEMBERS LIS set out its understanding of what is now referred to as the Future Direction Members Consultation in a News item on the LIS website on 4 November and an email to all LIS members on 12 November. You will by now have received by both post and email the LIS documentation on the Future Direction Members Consultation and the questions asked on the On … Read full story

Landscape Futures Event, Edinburgh – Videos Now Available

Creating Resilient Landscapes of the Future – Considering the Current Issues of Tree Health The Event which was organised by the Landscape Institute Scotland and supported by the Landscape Institute and the Forestry Commission Scotland attracted approximately 70 people and took place on Wednesday, 15th October 2014 in the Biosphere Zone of Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.   Watch the whole event HERE   The Conference was organised by Landscape Institute Scotland and supported by Forestry Commission Scotland … Read full story

Summary of LIS Committee Meeting – 24th September 2014

          Key Points: 1 The LIS post Independence Referendum position to be communicated to the LI is “LIS wants considerably more Scottish subscriptions and practice registration fees spent in Scotland (around 50 to 75%) on devolved administrative functions as we have demonstrated unequivocally that we are best placed to support and promote Scottish landscape, members and practices.”It was agreed that LIS should do a few things effectively and well, pick events that we can manage and … Read full story

Scotland’s Towns Week – Conference – Wednesday, 19th November 2014

                        Scotland’s Town Partnership recently announced they are hosting a conference on Wednesday, 19th November 2014 at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley. The gathering for everyone with an interest in Scotland’s towns and high streets, this year’s conference will focus on the future of Scotland’s Towns, building on the untapped heritage and culture of the past, whilst looking to innovation, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurship to deliver towns for the future. The day is … Read full story

Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA) Training Event in Edinburgh – Friday, 5th December 2014

The Landscape Institute is offering a series of regional training events on the new version of the guidance to help practitioners and others to understand the changes. Book now to attend the GLVIA training event at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh which will take place on Friday, 5th December 2014. The sessions are aimed at practitioners wishing to learn about LVIA for the first time or who want to update their LVIA knowledge and understanding. The focus will be on the step-wise process … Read full story