The Mark Turnbull Travel Award Presentation and 2021 LIS AGM

Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland


Wednesday 21st April 2020 6.00-7.30 pm

By Zoom


18:00 – 18:15: Welcome and AGM:  Rachel Tennant, Chair LIS

18:15 – 18:30: Samuel Cortis: Joint Winner of Mark Turnbull Travel Award: Making Room for Social Spaces; an exploration of how community focused and managed landscapes can shape development strategies for Scotland.

18:30 – 18:45: Dr Amber Roberts: Joint Winner of Mark Turnbull Travel Award – Food and Flood Resilience: Climate Change Innovations – Learning from Europe

18:45 – 19:00: René Sommer Lindsay – Senior Urban Designer and Climate Resilience consultant Placemaking infrastructure for resilient, sustainable, liveable cities and communities

19:00 – 19:15: Q&A

19:15 – 19:30: Landscape Institute update – Jane Findlay PLI

You can view the Treasurer’s report here and the income and expenditure report here.

The Mark Turnbull Travel Award

Mark Turnbull was one of the country’s most eminent Landscape Architects, winner of the Landscape Institute’s Gold Medal Award and recognised for the contribution that overseas learning and experience from his training and work in the USA brought to his practice in Scotland.  The Award focusses on using overseas travel to gain insight into best and innovative landscape practice to address some of the current landscape challenges facing Scotland. The award will benefit future generations of graduate landscape architects in Scotland as well as practice of Landscape Architecture by bringing overseas experience and knowledge back to the country.

The Landscape Institute Scotland would like to thank Sharon Turnbull for her generous support of this Travel Award in the memory of Mark Turnbull.


The draft minutes of the 2019 AGM can be viewed here ( NB there was no formal AGM in 2020 due to the pandemic) and the financial report 2020-2021can be viewed here

Would you like to be part of one of the most active branches in the UK? There are opportunities for involvement and to enhance the profession in Scotland.We invite you to view the description of the work of the LIS and these roles

About the Speakers

Samuel Cortis completed his Masters in Landscape Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018. During this time he undertook internships at Edinburgh based practice HERE + NOW, and it was this that led him to recognise the importance of engaging with communities and developing designs by observing how the space is used. Samuel became part of the design team at LUC in Glasgow where he has worked on a range of projects including harbour and waterside regeneration, green infrastructure and active connections implementations, housing masterplans and public realm designs. Supporting communities to strengthen their sense of ownership over space continues to be at the heart of Samuel’s passion for design. 

Amber Roberts is a landscape architect and holds a doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University and has worked at a range of practices across the UK from Grant Associates to Atkins. She is keenly interested in embedding research into design practice. Her work covers both historic and present day issues in Scottish landscape design and has won a number of awards for her research on Scottish Modernist landscape architects from Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University), Potager du Roi (École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage) and the Museum of English Rural Life (University of Reading). Amber is a previous winner of the MTTA presenting her findings on Designing for an Ageing Population the LIS AGM in 2019

René Sommer Lindsay – Senior Urban Designer and Climate Resilience consultant René is an urban designer and climate resilience consultant with more than 10 years of experience in co-design, placemaking and climate resilience. He is the former director of the Copenhagen Climate Resilient Neighbourhood project – – and has delivered major urban infrastructure projects with a unique knowledge of Copenhagen’s award winning approach to climate adaption. René advocates for “Placemaking Infrastructure” as a strategy to create resilient, sustainable and liveable cities and communities

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