Angus Macdonald is Professor Emeritus of Architectural Structures 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 11 books in these fields, including Structure and Architecture (recently re-published [2019] in a greatly expanded third edition and available in 6 languages and as an e-book), Steel Architecture (2021), High Tech Architecture: a style reconsidered (2019), and has contributed to numerous publications, conferences and exhibitions internationally. Other recent publications include The Hebrides: an aerial view of a cultural landscape (2010), with Patricia Macdonald, and the chapter ‘Structure and Architecture: tectonics of form’ in The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice (2016).

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 the University of Edinburgh. He has served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (now part of Historic Environment Scotland) and as a member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art.

With Patricia Macdonald, Angus Macdonald is a partner in the consultancy Aerographica, which specialises in environmental research, record and interpretation, principally by means of aerial photography, and in environment-related art projects. See www.aerographica.org and www.eca.ed.ac.uk/eca-home/patricia-macdonald.

Angus Macdonald holds a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Commercial Pilot’s Licence with Instrument and Instructor Ratings.