Steven Wheatley


Steven studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with a Masters degree in 2008 having previously been a software engineer developing Geographic Information Systems. Upon graduating, Steven worked at horner + maclennan for 5 years, becoming Chartered in 2010 and joining OPEN in September 2013.

Through working with horner + maclennan and now OPEN, Steven has gained a wide range of project experience developing skills in a number of areas including LVIA for windfarms, quarries and housing projects, as well as masterplanning and landscape construction projects. Steven has developed a particular interest in detailed design work where he strives to deliver, in collaboration with other design team members and contractors, the best quality for the available materials and budget that comprise the proposed landscape scheme.

Steven has worked with both private and public clients on large and small scale projects including hospitals, colleges and outdoor play areas. Whilst working at OPEN his project work has focussed on the Prime Four Business Park development, at Kingswells, near Aberdeen. Here, a new landscape for business has been created, providing a vibrant and pleasant environment for working.

In recent months, Steven has also been working for Scottish Power Renewables towards the discharge of planning conditions related to the East Anglia Offshore Windfarm Project. Deliverables for this project include the design of the landscape framework for the proposed substations and the related underground cable route, with the proposals presented to a Design Council Review Panel.

Steven sits on the Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS) committee where he assists with organising events and contributes to LIS responses to consultations. He also instigated and now helps curate the “Porty Light Box” project, a telephone box adopted by the local community and converted into a public art installation.

Steven Wheatley