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Lisa Mackenzie is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) where she has been based since January 2004, having taught previously in the Dept of Architecture at the University of Kingston, London. She is a visiting lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence USA and a visiting critic for Diploma Architecture at the Architecture Association, London. She teaches in both Landscape and Architecture at ECA and is a PhD advisor for the Dept of Geography, University of Edinburgh, she is also an External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University.
After Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999, Lisa spent five years in practice with Bath-based Landscape Architects, Grant Associates, and since 2001 has been a member of n-o-m-a-d.org (The Network of Multimedia Architecture and Design) where she works collaboratively with a group of like minded designers, from different backgrounds dispersed across Europe.
In 2001, following the International ideas competition Amphibious Living, Lisa became a member of the professional implementation team which created ‘amphibious’ scenarios for the landscape of Barandrecht, Netherlands. She has worked as a consultant for Gross Max, Edinburgh and in June 2006, formalised her own practice Lisa Mackenzie Consultancy. Recent projects have included a new masterplan for Whiteness, a former oil rig fabrication yard in the Scottish Highlands, and Calderwood a masterplan for 2700 new homes in West Lothian, 10km from Edinburgh for Stirling Developments.
Lisa has worked with the Lighthouse, Glasgow for the last four years on the Future Learning and Teaching Project and Podcasting both funded by The Scottish Executive, and is currently working on a project entitled ‘Senses of Place’ commissioned by the Schools Estate Branch of the Scottish Executive. This project seeks to develop aspirations for the design of school buildings and their grounds in the context of a Curriculum for Excellence. Lisa’s brief has been to imagine the future of Science Laboratories in Scottish Schools and she will record and reflect on the process developed and disseminate outcomes in the form of an exhibition in late February 08. For this project Lisa has been developing a collaboration with Dave Murray Rust of the Informatics department at Edinburgh University creating an interactive learning environment with touch sensitive surfaces developed by Murray Rust.
With Tabula Rasa Dance Company on a performance space, taking inspiration from the peatlands of the Scottish landscape working with the playwright Jo Clifford, dancer Claire Pencack and musician and Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh University Peter Nelson.
In 2007 Lisa spoke at the Annual RIAS conference in Nairn on Masterplanning and also gave a lecture at a Panorama Event at The Lighthouse Glasgow. A Scottish-Dutch International exchange programme developed by Architectuur Lokaal bringing together leading landscape, architectural and planning experts to share and discuss information in the field of national architecture and urban design policy.
Lisa has a strong interest in the application of ecological principals to the practice of Design and Masterplanning.
In her work and teaching she employs the fundamentals of ecology to evolve strategies for multi-dimensional and sustainable human communities.
This article was published on Jul 14, 2011