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The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) recognises the cultural, environmental, and societal importance of the practices that make up our school. 

Our ambition is to reimagine education in the context of the climate crisis by celebrating a diversity of voices and forms of knowledge. ESALA operates at the intersection of advanced creative practice and a world-leading research environment, bringing the two together to enable critical responses to contemporary and future challenges facing our fields. Our graduates are practitioners, thinkers, and creators who will make a positive social impact and redefine the future of our disciplines. 

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Introducing ESALA, the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Professor Richard Anderson, the former Head of ESALA, gives an overview of architecture and landscape architecture at Edinburgh College of Art.


149 Members of staff
1000 Students
22 Programmes
9645 Alumni

Why choose us?


ESALA is one of very few schools, internationally, to connect teaching, research and practice in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


Our professional programmes are accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA), Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Landscape Institute.


We are the largest centre for the study of Architectural History in the UK and a centre of excellence in Digital Media and Design.


Our students can take courses from across the University of Edinburgh and we work closely with Heriot-Watt University, including on world-leading research.


As proud holders of an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, we value and encourage diversity in our large, international student and staff community.

A collection of materials and tools on a desk, including rolled up paper, pieces of wood, tape, cutting tools and a plastic box Credit: Joseph Wilson

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