Architecture & Landscape Architecture

The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) combines the sense of enquiry and experimentation of Edinburgh College of Art with the rigour and international profile of the University of Edinburgh. ESALA is a large and diverse school with a significant international reputation that welcomes students and academic collaborations in a global domain. At the same time, it is a school deeply rooted in its Edinburgh context.

As part of the University of Edinburgh, we put academic research and design enquiry at the heart of our activities to ensure that our learning and teaching is constantly informed by new ideas and enquiry. We are outward looking and collaborate with institutions on an international stage. We also have close local collaborations with the School of Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University that capitalise on their complementary expertise. ESALA has secured an Athena SWAN bronze award for our continuing activities in improving our culture of equality and diversity.

We offer professional degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, which are informed by a culture of understanding and transforming context, of craft and making and producing graduates with a well formed range of skills and experience. We host centres of excellence in Architectural History and Digital Media and Design.

We are part of Edinburgh College of Art within the University. Here we participate fully in the creative and experimental environment in our partner disciplines and continue to grow and develop cross disciplinary collaborations and learning opportunities.

Architecture & Landscape Architecture news

Two alumni were selected in the Student Dissertation and Student Portfolio categories.

Students and staff from the MArch programme visited Japan in October.

The exhibition is based on research by Prof Fiona McLachlan, the Professor of Architectural Practice at ECA.

Having spent a year at ECA as an Erasmus Exchange Student, Cristina has now made her home in Scotland where she founded My Bookcase.

Gillian Lang was able to conduct the research for her dissertation thanks to funding from the Saltire Society.

Three alumni are nominated across two of the categories, guaranteeing a win for ECA graduates.

Yulia Kovanova and Olivia Tutton, who graduated from the Art, Space and Nature programme, presented TONN at Aichi Triennale 2016.

Molly Miller travelled to sites around Scotland thanks to funding from the Saltire Society.

New book covers the history of British imperial and colonial architecture and urbanism.

The research-led show travels to The Lighthouse as part of A&DS’ Say Hello to Architecture.