Professor Angus Macdonald's research and teaching interests are in architectural structures, cultural landscape and architectural history. He is the author or co-author of 11 books in these fields, including Structure and Architecture (recently re-published  in a greatly expanded third edition and available in 6 languages and as an e-book), and has contributed to numerous publications, conferences and exhibitions internationally. Other recent publications include The Hebrides: an aerial view of a cultural landscape (2010), with Patricia Macdonald, the chapter 'Structure and Architecture: tectonics of form' in The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice (2016), and the monograph High Tech Architecture (2019). Angus Macdonald is currently finalising a book on Modern Steel Architecture for publication in 2020.
Angus is a former Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment; of the Department of Architecture; and of the Environmental Studies Planning Unit in the University of Edinburgh. He has served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (now part of Historic Environment Scotland) and as a member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art. He holds a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Commercial Pilot's Licence with Instrument and Instructor Ratings.
The honours course Structure and Architecture (Course Organiser). This course is open to all interested students at honours level (see DRPS – ARCHI 10019 for details). It explores an alternative history of the architecture of the Modern period based on a critical appraisal of its technological underpinning. It includes analysis of some of the most iconic buildings of the Modern period including the works of Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Santiago Calatrava, Rem Koolhaas, Cecil Balmond and Zaha Hadid. The course also considers the possible roles of structural engineering in the future development of sustainable forms of architecture.
Much of the course is based on new research carried out in the preparation of the recently published expanded third edition of Angus Macdonald's classic textbook Structure and Architecture and for a forthcoming book on High Tech Architecture.
Angus Macdonald contributes the lectures on Nineteenth Century Engineering, De Stijl and High Tech Architecture to the Architectural History 1 lecture course.
(1992) Granite and Green: Above North-East Scotland, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 168 pp, (with Dr Patricia Macdonald, artist-photographer
(1991) The Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 160 pp, (co-author with Dr Patricia Macdonald, artist-photographer
(1989) Above Edinburgh and South-East Scotland, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 168 pp, (with Dr Patricia Macdonald, artist-photographer)
(1975) Wind Loading on Buildings, Applied Science Publishers, London, and Halstead Press, New York, 219 pp, (sole author)
(2001) Brown, A, Peter Rice; The Engineer's Contribution to Contemporary Architecture, ICE/Thomas Telford Publishing, London, 163 pp (with R Pedreschi)
(2001) Yeomans, D, and Cottam, D, Owen Williams; The Engineers Contribution to Contemporary Architecture, ICE/Thomas Telford Publishing, London, 163 pp, (with R Pedreschi)
(2000) Chilton, J, Heinz Isler; The Engineer's Contribution to Contemporary Architecture, ICE/Thomas Telford Publishing, London, 163 pp (with R Pedreschi)
(2000) Pedreschi, R, Eladio Dieste; The Engineer's Contribution to Contemporary Architecture, ICE/Thomas Telford Publishing, London, 163 pp
Selected Exhibitions (in collaboration with Dr Patricia Macdonald, environmental researcher and artist-photographer)
(2011 - 14) Bunkered terrain: Scottish golf landscapes, in The Art of Golf, Commissioned by National Galleries of Scotland/High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
(2009 - 11) Edge: Hebrides and Wood: New Leaf, Commissioned by National Galleries of Scotland / Scottish Government / Highland Council, first shown in Scotland House, Brussels and European Parliament, Brussels, with subsequent tour
(2001) Air works, Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh and BCA Boukamel Gallery, London. [Publication: Air works, Talbot Rice Gallery / BCA Gallery, Edinburgh/London, 2001]
(2001) DIN Art 4, Museen für Kommunikation, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg. [Publication: DIN Art4, Museen für Kommunikation, Frankfurt, Berlin & Hamburg, 2001]
(2000) Recent aerial works, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
(1999) Observations, Museet for Fotokunst, Ødense and Møstings Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
(1996) Views of Gaia III, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, Western Isles
(1996) SITE, Matthew Gallery, University of Edinburgh
(1995) Environments, The Scottish Executive, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh
(1993) Scotland Observed, Scottish Photography Archive, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
(1993) Improving the View, Landscape Design Trust / Northern Arts, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, (UK Tour)
(1993) The Printed Image: Prints and Photographs from the City's Collection, Edinburgh City Arts Centre
(1993) Art in the Airport: Terminal Two Projects, Manchester International Airport, Manchester
(1993) Views of Gaia II, British Council/Ministry of Culture of PR China, Beijing, (China tour)
(1992) Dear Green Place – A Question of Equilibrium: UK Exhibit at the 18th Triennale di Milano, Milan
(1992) Views of Gaia I: Exhibition organised by the British Council to mark the UK Presidency of the European Council of Ministers, Charlemagne Building, Brussels. [Publication: Views of Gaia: Images from exhibition to mark the UK Presidency of the European Council of Ministers, British Council, London, 1992]