Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) has picked up three wins, a high commendation and an honourable mention in this year's Landscape Institute Awards.

Capability Brown Festival Design Ideas Competition

A collaboration between Landscape Architecture (BA - Hons MSc) student, Leo Taylor, and Architecture (BA/MA) student, Naomi Rubbra, has jointly won the Capability Brown Festival Design Ideas Competition.

The brief was to come up with a contemporary design idea for a 45 hectare site, Moccas Hill Wood near Hereford, inspired by the work of one of Britain’s greatest architectural landscape designers.

Leo and Naomi’s entry brings together skills and techniques from both Architecture and Landscape Architecture to highlight the importance of community engagement, education and ecology. It is based around fundamental characteristics of Brown’s work, such as ‘the framed view’, manipulation in woodland densities and a variety of circulation routes.

Judges from Natural England, English Heritage, The Landscape Institute and the landscape profession described it as: 

“Work of a very high quality, full of interest and invention and beautifully presented in a style redolent of the 18th century .…an enchanting masterplan which reflects the hand of the contemporary Brown.”

Leo and Naomi's collaboration will be published in the Landscape Institute Journal and, next year, will feature in the Capability Brown Festival Exhibition.

An honourable mention went to another ECA team - Harrie Carr, Emma Henderson, Emma Thompson and Kit Bowen - for their proposal, Rewilding Capability Brown.

Student Portfolio Prize

Both candidates shortlisted for the Student Portfolio Prize were from our School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

Fraser Halliday won the category; Rachel Brown was highly commended.

Fraser and Rachel graduated in June 2015 from our Landscape Architecture programme, both gaining an MSc with Distinction.

Student Dissertation

Stuart Malcolm (MSc with Merit, 2015) won this category for Public Participation in Landscape Architecture: The Rationale and the Reality.  

The aim of this dissertation was to investigate an alternative approach to traditional consultation methods.

Specifically, Stuart investigated whether participatory design can effectively engage members of a rural community on the west coast of Scotland in the pre-design stage of a derelict post-industrial site.

The results provide insights and findings capable of wider development which could be employed in landscape architecture highlighting effective participatory processes to engage communities.

ECA at the Landscape Institute Awards

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) has an excellent track record, spanning over ten years, at the Landscape Institute Awards.

Previous Student Portfolio winners include Paloma Stott (2014), Oliver Barden (2011), Ruth Olden (2010) and Claire Katherine Butlin (2009).

Previous Student Dissertation winners include Amy Harley-Jepson (2011) and Bianca Soares Mouria (2009).

Professor of Landscape Architecture, Catharine Ward Thompson, has twice won the Research Award: once in 2004; and again - with Penny Travlou - in 2008.

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We currently offer three undergraduate programmes and 20 postgraduate programmes, a number of which are collaborations with other schools within ECA and the University of Edinburgh.