Learn from a world perspective to influence in Scotland
Scotland’s Future Landscapes: Ensuring Resilience for the Profession
DESIGN FOR AN AGEING POPULATION
Weds 24th April 2019 6.15-8.10 pm
Hunter Lecture Theatre, Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF
5.45 – 6.15: Registration and Refreshments
6.15: Introduction to the Mark Turnbull Travel Award and speakers by Rachel Tennant, Chair LIS
6.20 – 6.45: Dr Amber Roberts: Winner of Mark Turnbull Travel Award – presents the finding of her research and travels to Japan, Sweden and USA on pressing landscape-related issues in Scotland as key aspects to the future of the profession: ageing populations and strengthening Scottish Landscape Education – the legacy and influence of Ian McHarg
6.45 – 7.00: Professor Catharine Ward Thompson – Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Director of the OPENspace research centre.
7.00 – 7.15: Dr Matthew Lowther – Head of Service for Place and Equity, NHS Scotland
7.15 – 7.30: Annie Pollock – Principal at Arterre and currently an Associate Consultant for The Dementia Centre, HammondCare.
7.30 – 7.40: Q&A
7.40- 8.10: AGM
7.40: Welcome, apologies, approval of Minutes and Treasurers Report
7.45: Chairs Report – Landscape Institute Scotland activities for the year and for the future
8.00: Election of Office Bearers and Committee
8.05: Any other business and Chairs closing remarks
8.10- 8.45: Refreshments
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 2018 AGM can be viewed here. Financial report to follow.
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About the Speakers
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).
Her winning proposal for the Mark Turnbull Travel Award put forward pressing landscape-related issues in Scotland as key aspects to the future of the profession: ageing populations and strengthening Scottish Landscape Education – the legacy & influence of Ian McHarg. Amber travelled between October 2018 and January 2019 to three countries across three continents to serve as precedents for Scottish landscape architecture: Japan, Sweden and America.
Japan is currently the world’s oldest country by demography, it has had to implement changes much earlier than most other countries and many of the shifts have been related to landscape. Amber has researched current initiatives focused on environmental adaptations for ageing populations as well as new strategies in public space design to combat the socio-economic determinants that impact life quality in later years.
Sweden offers a closer cultural context with a different approach to environmental adaptation for ageing populations. Sweden has a number of well-developed strategies for ageing, having faced the problem much earlier than most European countries. Amber investigated elderly housing initiatives that range from cooperative schemes to private communal living based on the idea of ‘home values’ or improvements to residential environments as key to improving quality of life.
America is home to the University of Pennsylvania (Upenn) and the newly founded McHarg Centre. Ian McHarg (1920-2001) taught at Edinburgh University and UPenn and was author of the seminal book ‘Design with Nature’. Amber has carried out research development on the legacy of McHarg on Scottish Landscape Education and this will be presented at the LIS and ESALA celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Design with Nature Exhibition and launch event October 2019.
Catharine Ward Thompson is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), and Director of the OPENspace research centre. Her research focuses on inclusive access to outdoor environments, environment-behaviour interactions, landscape design for older people, children and teenagers, and salutogenic environments.
Catharine also has expertise in the history and theory of urban park design and conservation, the history of landscape design, and landscape aesthetics and perception. As a Landscape Architect, she supports good access to high quality open space that offers opportunities for a rich experience for all.
Catharine was educated at the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh and has practised as a Landscape Architect in Vancouver, Canada, and in the UK. She was Head of the School of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) from 1989-2000 and continues to teach at all levels. She is joint Programme Director of the Landscape and Wellbeing MSc programme at ECA and supervises a number of PhD students in areas relevant to her research.
Matthew Lowther is Head of Service for Place and Equity at NHS Scotland. Matthew has worked in the public health sphere most of his academic and professional life. He has an honours degree in Sports Science and a PhD in Exercise and Health Psychology.
Matthew has worked in the public health sphere most of his academic and professional life. He has an honours degree in Sports Science and a PhD in Exercise and Health Psychology.
He started his professional life as a Health Development Manager in a local authority. He then took up a cardiovascular disease prevention post within the Public Health Institute for Scotland before going on a three-year secondment to the Scottish Government as the National Physical Activity Policy Coordinator. He then returned to NHS Health Scotland as a Principal Public Health Adviser, specialising in the critical appraisal and synthesis of public health effectiveness evidence. He has been honorary senior lecturer at both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, and he is on the Board of CSGNT and Greenspace Scotland.
Annie Pollock is an architect and chartered landscape architect, Principal at Arterre, and currently an Associate Consultant for The Dementia Centre, HammondCare. Prior to that she provided consultancy services for the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University.
Annie has specialised for many years in designing outdoor spaces for older people and those with dementia and has won several awards for her work. She has lectured internationally on internal and external design for people with dementia and has also provided consultancy and training services extensively throughout the UK and abroad for various bodies including Private Clients, Local Authorities, NHS trusts and Housing Associations. She has authored, edited and contributed to a number of design publications dealing with design for people with dementia.