Job title: Professor Emeritus


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 10 books in these fields, including Structure and Architecture (now in its second edition and available in 6 languages and as an e-book), and has contributed to numerous publications, conferences and exhibitions internationally. His latest publications include The Hebrides: an aerial view of a cultural landscape (2010), with Patricia Macdonald, and the chapter 'Structure and Architecture: tectonics of form' in The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice (2016).

The Structure and Architecture honours course is open to all interested students at honours level (see DRPS – ARCHI 10019 for details). 

The course Structure and Architecture explores an alternative history of the architecture of the Modern period based on the critical appraisal of its technological underpinning. It includes critical analysis of some of the most iconic buildings of the Modern period including the works of Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid. 

For example, the force diagram shown superimposed on the image of the Zubizuri Bridge demonstrates that, contrary to the claims made by its designer, the complex shape of the arch results in a less efficient resistance of load than would occur with a more conventional design.

Much of the course has been based on new research carried out in the preparation of a revised and much expanded third edition of Angus Macdonald's classic textbook Structure and Architecture which is to be published in 2017 by Routledge.

Cultural landscape and environmental research

With Patricia Macdonald, Angus Macdonald is a partner in the consultancy Aerographica, which specialises in environmental research, record and interpretation, principally by means of aerial photography, and in environment-related art projects. See and

Angus is a former Head of the School of Arts, Cultural and Environment; of the Department of Architecture; and of the Environmental Studies Planning Unit in Edinburgh University. He has served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of 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.