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Simon Garnett

  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

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Previous employer

Prior to joining SRUC as a lecturer I worked as a landscape architect for a local authority in Scotland. I worked in local authority landscape development for five years, during which time I completed my chartership with the Landscape Institute.


I currently lecture at SRUC in Edinburgh on the BSc Garden and Greenspace Design course. The majority of my teaching focuses on the third and fourth years of the degree, in which students are introduced to the challenges of designing beyond the private domestic landscape and into the urban realm.

I am currently leading the development of a new dissertation format which will allow honours year students to complete a design proposal in response to pressing issues in landscape design such as health and wellbeing, and climate change.  

Personal profile

I have worked in the landscape design profession for ten years as both an independent landsacpe designer and chartered landscape architect. I am passionate about making this professional more accessible to a new generation of designers, and applicable to everyday life, connecting the profession with other relevant fields, such as the arts, ecology, and psychology.

Engaging and responsive landscape design is an essential part of improving the quality of people's lives, and sustainable design solutions are essential to meet the challenges posed by our changing climate. I believe that landscape designers are uniquely placed to meet these challenges through clarity of vision, and through combining creativity with scientific knowledge.

My passion as an educator is derived from my experiences in professional practice, and my awareness of the skill set which contemporary designers need to acquire. I am currently completing my PG Cert qualification to add further teaching skill to my professional experiences, and look forward to undertaking further teaching qualifications in my future academic career.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Scotland's Rural College

15 Sep 201011 Jun 2015

Award Date: 11 Jun 2015

External positions

Landscape Institute Scotland

1 Apr 201831 Mar 2020
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