Alastair Haigh

Landscape Architect

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Alastair studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, undertaking exchange programmes with both the University of Massachusetts and Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. Alastair graduated from ECA in 2005 with a first class MA honours degree, also receiving the Helen A. Rose Bequest (prize for overall performance).

Following graduation Alastair joined the Edinburgh office of EDAW, a global design practice. Through involvement in a wide range of projects he has gained a breadth of practical experience, especially within the fields of masterplanning and detail design as demonstrated in projects such as a Masterplan for Greenferns, Aberdeen and the Exchange Place office development in Edinburgh. To supplement this experience Alastair has developed his professional knowledge through private study, becoming a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in 2008.

Alastair is passionate about design as a creative response to people, place and process. Working at a variety of scales and levels of detail within a single project helps to ensure well considered solutions for often complex and changing situations.

Through international competition entries such as for KĂžbmagergade, Hauserplads and Kultorvet in 2008, a series of streets and spaces in Copenhagen, as well as in day to day project work Alastair has developed his graphic skills to a high standard. Striving to convey the potential of places and projects in a visually exciting way, his graphics have been widely used for publicity, consultation and within the press.

Alastair joined OPEN in 2009 and during this time has been involved in a range of projects including the detailed design of a major new public space in Derry ~ Londonderry and exploring the potential land use and development capacity of the Rowett Land, an area of 212.92 hectares in the north-west of Aberdeen.

Alastair Haigh