Professor Angus Macdonald BSc PhD FSA(Scot) Hon FRSGS

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Angus Macdonald

Angus Macdonald is a Professor Emeritus in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh. His research and teaching interests are in architectural structures, cultural landscape and architectural history. He is the author or co-author of more than ten books in these fields, including Structure and Architecture (now in its third edition, and available in 6 languages and as an e-book), and has contributed to numerous publications, conferences and exhibitions internationally. His latest publications include The Hebrides: an aerial view of a cultural landscape (2010), with Patricia Macdonald; High Tech Architecture: A style reconsidered (2019); and the chapter Structure and Architecture: tectonics of form in The Routledge Companion to Architecture (2016).

With Patricia Macdonald, he is a partner in the Aerographica consultancy, which specialises in environmental research, record and interpretation, principally by means of aerial photography, and in environment-related art projects; he is particularly interested in aspects of the built environment and the artifact-rich end of the spectrum of cultural landscapes, He holds a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Commercial Pilot’s Licence with Instrument and Instructor Ratings, and acts as Aerographica’s principal pilot and aerial operations manager.

Angus Macdonald is a former Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment; of the Department of Architecture; and of the Environmental Studies Planning Unit in Edinburgh University. He has served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and as a member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art.