We are looking for recent School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture graduates who are interested in using the Minto House ESALA Projects space to undertake a residency to develop a programme of outreach or community engagement activities.

The residency aims to encourage and support entrepreneurship and social responsibility in the student body.

ESALA Projects was established as a focus for staff and student community outreach projects. The Projects space is designed as a working office but can host small events to disseminate the work of ESALA Projects.

Past projects generated from the ESALA Projects space include the Baltic Street 'WikiHouse' involving the ESALA graduate collective Civic Soup and the staff-led, cross-disciplinary Hunter Square project.

The ESALA Projects residency aims to support similar activity and to ensure equitable, sustainable access to the resource as well as:

  • Encourage and support entrepreneurship and social responsibility in the student body
  • Provide support for learning business skills through self-directed activity
  • Provide a mentoring arrangement with an emphasis on low-key backup advice
  • Provide an annual focus of programmed activity for the office

Please see the criteria below, if you would like to discuss your application please do get in touch on esala.admin@ed.ac.uk.

Send your application in the form of a single PDF document to the Head of Architecture and Landscape Architecture by 12 noon on Monday 6 August 2018.


Timescale and outputs:

  • The residency will run for one calendar year, commencing on 1 September 2018
  • It may be extended for a maximum of one further year, but only through the competitive process
  • The residency can be undertaken on a part-time basis, or in blocks of time by agreement
  • On completion, the resident/s will be required to submit a short report and information for the website
  • The office has a street presence and it is therefore important that it be fully utilized


  • Applicants must be graduates from a School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) degree programme within the last 5 years
  • Applications from a group are welcomed, provided at least one of the applicants is an ESALA graduate

Application guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted in writing (maximum 1000 words) with an additional proposed programme and summary CV/s of the applicant/s, including the names of two referees. Images and/or illustrations may be included in support of the proposal
  • Applicants must indicate why they feel they would benefit from the residency
  • Applications must be in the form of a single PDF document, which will include all of the information noted above
  • Applications must be submitted to esala.admin@ed.ac.uk
  • Submissions must be received by 12 noon on Monday 6 August 2018 (extended deadline)


  • There will be no payment or honorarium - the award is access to the office space and visitor access to the University facilities

Terms and conditions:

  • Selection will be based upon achievable, realistic and relevant aims and objectives, the quality of the proposal, the proposed audience or benefits to the community, the programme of planned activities and the CVs of applicants
  • Due to the nature of this residency, other paid employment within the University of Edinburgh is not permitted during the duration of this residency
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide proof of their existing right of abode in the UK prior to an interview
  • Applicants will be selected after an interview
  • The residency use must accommodate other ESALA Projects uses on a shared and planned basis by agreement with ESALA staff


  • ESALA Projects will offer support for the successful residency through staff mentoring and the provision of a career development/business skills workshop
  • ESALA will identify a named academic 'host' for each resident as the initial point of contact/responsibility for the duration of the residency
  • At the end of the period of residency, the successful applicant will develop a small exhibition of the work and there will be an opening reception
  • Students will be encouraged to undertake the Edinburgh Award programme alongside the residency reflecting on their experiences


Download the ESALA Projects Residency Information Document (PDF)

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