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Battleby Conference Centre, Thursday 31 August 2017 SNH and HES consulted on Local Landscape Areas draft guidance in early 2017 and will publish revised guidance this summer.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

Planning for a Greener Southwest Scotland Conference – Monday, 3rd November 2014

Scotland’s natural environment is one of its finest assets. At present the way that information about key species and habitats is incorporated into the decision-making process varies greatly across the country. The conference will explore the issues relating to collating, sharing and using information about the natural environment in decision-making, the legal duties and responsibilities for organisations and highlight examples of best-practice. Topics Keynote speech – Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change. The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and the ‘biodiversity duty’ for public authorities. … Read full story

LIS Placemaking in Scotland Competition

The Landscape Institute Scotland wishes to raise the profile of its members involvement with Placemaking and will welcome entries from members of the Landscape Institute from throughout the UK for an exhibition of Placemaking in Scotland. Competition Information Competition and Exhibition of Project work in Scotland by Landscape Institute members, practices, organisations and students. Submissions should be of concepts, current projects in design or construction and completed work. Submissions should be on a single or two A1 boards in landscape (horizontal) … Read full story


Garden History Society in Scotland Edinburgh Gardens and Squares Conference Friday 26 September 2014

Please click Edinburgh Gardens & Squares Conference flyer


‘The Scottish Enlightenment as Manifested in the
Gardens and Squares of Edinburgh’s New Town’

Venue: George Hotel, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh
Date: Friday 26th September; 9.00am – 5.30pm
Cost: £60 (limited student tickets at £20)

The aim of the conference is to explain the significance of Edinburgh’s historic gardens and squares, to celebrate them and to demonstrate how they can be maximised for the benefit of the social, economic and cultural life of the city in the 21st century.

The first two sessions in the morning with a coffee break will be devoted to setting the scene describing the history, philosophy and development of the spaces within the city. The third session in the afternoon will be about the practical aspects of managing these spaces in the 21st century. A reception in the banking hall of Royal Bank of Scotland, St Andrews Square, will conclude the day.

Please note all tickets include drinks reception in the banking hall at Dundas House, St Andrews Square from 5.45pm – 7.15pm


The conference is timed to coincide with Doors Open Day weekend when many of the gardens will be open to visitors. The venue is the George Hotel, George Street, Edinburgh, with an evening reception hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland in Dundas House overlooking St Andrew Square.

Tickets £60.00 including lunch, available from Hazel Johnson on 0131 668 8683 or online through Historic Scotland’s website:


Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, has announced the appointment of Sue Evans as a Board member of Architecture and Design Scotland.   Sue is Head of Development at the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT). Since 2009, she has been supporting the development and delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network. Previously Sue was Head of Development for Central Scotland Forest Trust (which became CSGNT in 2014) and responsible for development, community and thematic work. … Read full story