Sustainable placemaking in Scotland

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A convenient lunchtime CPD event for Landscape Architects in Scotland about circular economy principles and The Living Building Challenge

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This event is designed as a free online CPD event for Landscape Architects, urban designers, placemakers, planners, and architects practicing in Scotland. It covers two complementary approaches to designing sustainable places to support both the road to net zero carbon 2045 and also that provide wider health, wellness and ecological benefits.


  • Welcome and introduction – Rachel Tennant, Landscape Institute Scotland
  • Circular economy placemaking – Clive Bowman, Circular Construction Business Support Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
  • The Living Building Challenge – Claire Thirlwall , Chartered Landscape Architect, Thirlwall Associates
  • Q&A session
  • Summary and wrap up - David Seel, Scottish Ecological Design Association


Rachel Tennant has over 30 years experience as a Landscape Architect and lecturer working in the UK and Hong Kong. She is currently Chair of Landscape Institute Scotland and Co-Chair of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance.

Clive Bowman was a Chartered Landscape Architect from 1997 to 2005, who then moved into strategic sustainable policy research for 6 years and then ran his own small landscape construction and consultancy social enterprise from 2011 to 2018. He is currently the Circular Construction Business Support Project Manager for Zero Waste Scotland.

Claire Thirlwall is a Chartered Landscape Architect. She set up Thirlwall Associates in 1996 and her clients include the Environment Agency, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Corporation of London, housing associations, local authorities and private sector clients. She is an expert adviser in landscape and biodiversity for the Heritage Lottery Fund, chair of Constructing Excellence Berkshire and author of From Idea to Site: A project guide to creating better landscapes.

David Seel is an architect with experience of working in Europe and Scotland, and a record of working on and delivering high quality and award winning projects. He is also a tutor at Edinburgh University Student Architecture Society – EUSAS. He is currently the chair of the Scottish Ecological Design Association.

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This event by Zero Waste Scotland is being held in partnership with Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) and Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)

Zero Waste Scotland is Scotland’s resource efficiency and circular economy expert. We work to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our mission is to influence and enable change at a number of levels: from informing systems-wide policy and regulatory interventions through evidence gathering, to motivating practical change in the behaviours of individuals and organisations through our programmes and brands. We also make direct interventions, commonly in the form of finance, business support, technical advice, training and competence development or communications support.

The Zero Waste Scotland Construction Industry Support Programme offers free advice and technical support to Scottish business, helping them embed circular economy principles into the design and construction of our built environment. For more information see

The Landscape Institute is the professional body and regulator for landscape architecture. Under its Royal Charter the Landscape Institute is charged with protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public by the planning, design and management of outdoor space. The Landscape Institute Scotland has over 450 members. It works to represent the interests of members and the environment to the Scottish Government, agencies, and the voluntary sector.

Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) shares knowledge, skills and experience of ecological design. A membership organisation, SEDA aims to promote the design of communities, environments, projects, systems, services, materials and products which enhance the quality of life and are not harmful to living species and planetary ecology.

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