John Murray is a chartered landscape architect. His research ranges over a variety of subjects.
John studied biology at the University of Sussex and landscape architecture at the University of Manchester. He practised landscape architecture in London, Greater Manchester and the Scottish Borders. He is a fellow of the Landscape Institute and the Higher Education Academy. His research interests, resulting in peer-refereed publications, concern art in the landscape, sustainable landscape architecture practice, and the pedagogy of the design review, fieldwork methods, the landscape history of Edinburgh and the toponymy of the Scottish Highlands.
John is a member of the editorial panels of Landscape Magazine and the Journal of Landscape Architecture. He chairs the Landscape Institute’s Fellowship Admissions Board and is an elected member of its Council. He is currently an external examiner at Kingston University.
His teaching involves design studios in the graduating years of both professionally accredited programmes, coordinating the placement year and contributions to history, theory, and professional practice and dissertation courses.
John’s public engagement includes Tales from the Tweed, which was part of Edinburgh’s public engagement ‘Beltane’ network and lectures to the Scottish Place-Names Society and the Clan MacLauchlan Society. He is currently developing a smartphone app on Gaelic place-names in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with the help of Gaelic medium schools in Glasgow and Edinburgh.