A group of five female students at Edinburgh College of Art won their department the title ‘Best International Landscape Architecture School’ at the Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture 2018.

Final-year students Yifan Hu, Emily Cropton, Molly Gordon, Marta Gioffre and Theoni Zompola were one of 78 student teams to submit a portfolio of their work to the competition. ECA topped a shortlist of 9 world-renowned schools, including Harvard Undergraduate School of Design, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and Beijing Forestry University.

'Slow, deliberate and critical'

Lisa MacKenzie, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at ECA, said:

‘We are so very proud to have been awarded this incredible prize. In the last three years, my colleagues and I have supported our students in returning to a slow, deliberate and critical reading of their sites, mainly achieved through drawing and making. We have rejected the ‘throw down’ of ideas that do not evolve and do not belong in place.

”Our strongest work this year came from 5 strong, talented young women who will go on to do great things.’
Lisa MacKenzie, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, ECA

‘Our strongest work this year came from 5 strong, talented young women who will go on to do great things. We are so encouraged and motivated by the award, and hope that you will hear and see much more from Edinburgh soon.’

About the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture

Every two years, the Landscape Biennial devotes several days to discussing and studying landscape. In began in 1999 as the European Landscape Biennial, before opening itself to international landscapes in 2014.

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Leeds Beckett University Leeds, UK Landscape Architecture – MA Post-graduate Landscape architect
Leeds Beckett University Leeds, UK Landscape Architecture – PG Dip Post-graduate Landscape architect
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