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Francisca Lima is a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches history and theory of landscape architecture. She is also one of the research articles' editor at JoLA - Journal of Landscape Architecture (Taylor and Francis, Routledge). Francisca has also completed in 2023 the Edinburgh Leader programme coordinated by the Talent and Development team of the University of Edinburgh.

She completed her PhD in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where she explored the importance of the role of open spaces to the revival of depopulated urban environments with a scholarship from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. Francisca’s research interests range from landscape theory, history, perception and aesthetics, to urban decline and green spaces in relation to community engagement and wellbeing.

Since 2005 she has been collaborating in research projects with the Philosophy Research Center of the University of Lisbon and recently with the OPENspace research centre, University of Edinburgh. Francisca co-chaired the conferences, Shrinking Cities I Expanding Landscapes (2013) and Landscape and Life (2017), with the support of the University of Edinburgh and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation respectively, among many other sponsors, and has worked as a guest co-editor of a special issue of the journal, Landscape Research

Francisca has been working as an independent designer since 2009 and since January 2016 has been a partner in Bound, an award-winning landscape architecture office based in Lisbon.

In 2005, Francisca completed her degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Lisbon, with a final dissertation focusing on the theme of Landscape Aesthetics (20/20). In that same year she worked as a trainee at LEAF (Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food), a research centre based at the University of Lisbon.

Education/Academic qualification

Landscape Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Role of Open Spaces in the Future of Depopulated Urban Environments, University of Edinburgh

Sept 2011Jun 2016

Award Date: 6 Jun 2016

Landscape Architecture, Postgraduate Diploma, Landscape Aesthetics, University of Lisbon

Sept 1999Jun 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

External positions

Executive Committee Member of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools, European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools

Sept 2023 → …

Permanent Research Editor at Journal of Landscape Architecture, European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools

2022 → …

External Examiner of the curriculum transformation of the UG and PG programmes, University of Birmingham


Promotion Referee, Univ Calgary, University of Calgary

2021 → …

Master Dissertations Review Panel Examiner, Rhode Island School of Design

2020 → …

Member, SCHOLA - Schools of Landscape Architecture in the UK

2020 → …

Design Review Panel Examiner, University of Lisbon

2020 → …


  • NA Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Green Infrastructures
  • Shrinking Cities
  • Urban Communities
  • Landscape Aesthetics
  • Landscapes of Abandonment and Inhabitation
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Health and Wellbeing
  • Heuristics

College Research Themes

  • Future Cities


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