The Landscape Institute Scotland has made its first ever lifetime achievement award to the architect, planner and landscape architect Peter Daniel.

Photograph of Peter Daniel by Lloyd Smith Photography
Photograph of Peter Daniel by Lloyd Smith Photography

The award was made in recognition of Daniel’s outstanding contribution to the promotion and practice of landscape architecture and to the education of landscape architects in Scotland over many years.

It was presented at the Managing Change in Scotland’s Landscapes conference on 27 November.

Peter Daniel started his professional life by studying architecture at Liverpool University and then went on to do a Master of Civic Design. He then studied landscape architecture externally, coming into contact with Geoffrey Jellicoe.

After a period working in Canada, Daniel returned to the UK looking for professional ideals that were more akin to his own. In 1955 he started working  at Peterlee New Town, where he enjoyed integrated inter-professional working, which focused largely on housing and continued his interest in timber construction. In 1961 he became the first architect/planner of Livingston New Town and was responsible for its masterplan.  He next became the landscape member of the team that made the regional plan for Londonderry and which established its green belt and first country park.

Having completed this period of public service, Daniel then set up a landscape practice in the Scottish Borders from where he has practised for the last 30 years as a ;andscape consultant for architectural and engineering practices, private clients, local authorities, universities and the Diplomatic Service.  He worked on a series of landscape Assessments and development plans for the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, covering its four Gardens at Benmore, Logan, Dawyck as well as the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and on a number of interpretation/ visitor centre projects in Orkney, the landscape planning of an Estate in West Lothian as well as developing over the last 14 years the new landscape for a Rozel Fort in Jersey.

In addition to this for more than 30 years Daniel has been a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and the College of Art in Edinburgh.

He has had a rounded working life which has embraced surviving the hazards of Arctic and Pacific convoys, practicing in the UK and abroad in both public and private sectors and passing on these experiences through his teaching.


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