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Inverness Campus landscape designs recognised at national exhibition

02 July 2013

Landscape designs for HIE’s Inverness Campus have been viewed by over 20,000 people at a prestigious exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture (RSA) in Scotland’s capital.

The drawings of An t-Eilean (The Island), by award-winning Highland-born Lisa Mackenzie, are part of the RSA’s prestigious annual exhibition at The Mound, Edinburgh.

Lisa is one of just ten architects selected for the exhibition, which aims to explore the relationship between architecture, art and landscape.  

An t-Eilean, an open air space built into a lochan at Inverness Campus, will open to the public later this year. It will be a facility for everyone in the community to use for events and performance as well as a unique meeting place.

Former Dingwall Academy Head Girl Lisa, senior lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University, said: “It’s an ambition and a huge privilege to be selected to exhibit at the RSA. And it’s led to a number of enquiries from people, including senior figures within the Scottish Government, who are interested in learning more about landscape architecture at Inverness Campus.

“Having grown up in the Highlands, the opportunity to contribute to the outstanding built environment at Inverness Campus is really exciting for me. I believe the Campus will enrich the daily lives of people living in the Highlands and really add to the natural landscape.  The aim is to create a space which is both welcoming and appealing to all.

“I want the people in the Highlands to see Inverness Campus as a parkland and art destination in its own right.”
Well-known landscape architect Eelco Hooftman RSA (Elect), convenor of this year’s RSA Exhibition, said: “Lisa Mackenzie represents a new generation of ‘home-grown’ landscape architects who blurs the boundaries between art, architecture and landscape and is sensitive to reveal a unique sense of place based upon strong analytical observation and subtle poetical expression.

“Her loch site project acts as focal point for Inverness Campus and creates an intimate experience which resonates its direct setting and the wider landscape beyond.”

Ruaraidh MacNeil, Inverness Campus project director at HIE, said: “Our plan for Inverness Campus is to create a world-class setting for business, research and education.  HIE has created a high quality built environment with interesting landscape, public realm and water features in order to help create global interest in Inverness the and Highlands as a business location.

“An t-Eilean is the first of what we hope will be a number of projects at the Campus that will enhance the area for the local community while drawing international attention to the city.

“We are delighted to partner Lisa, a local who shares our passion for the region.”

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