Hirst Landscape Architects was established in February 1983, trading initially as Simon Hirst Associates, under the direction of its Sole Trader Proprietor, Simon Hirst. In 2007, the business became a Partnership when Paul Miller, a one-time long-serving member of staff returned to the fold after a sabbatical to provide a fresh perspective and added impetus for the way forward.

The Firm remains based in Glasgow, from where it services commissions across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Having been heavily involved with the public sector during its formative years, the business has evolved and is now actively engaged in the private sector across a broad range of project type which includes Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Leisure, Public Realm and Infrastructure.

We are committed to the complete integration of the landscape in all of our schemes and engage from the outset, becoming involved with Feasibility Studies; the preparation of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments; Landscape Capacity Studies; Masterplanning and the subsequent Detailed Design of all facilities, working closely with the allied disciplines of Architecture and Engineering and oftentimes the Contractor to co-ordinate all aspects of the external works.

Having reached our 38th anniversary, Hirst Landscape Architects is proud of the legacy we have left behind and appreciative of the loyalty and support that we have received from our many Clients.



Simon John Hirst - (Dip LA; M.L.I.) - Partner

Simon has been passionate about landscape design and wider environmental issues since graduating from what was then Manchester Polytechnic in 1977. Following a short stint at Merseyside County Council, he moved to Scotland and spent four years consolidating the position of a small satellite office for an English company, learning the tradecraft of the profession and building his reputation. In 1983 he set up his own firm, operating as a Sole Trader, under the guise of Simon Hirst Associates, believing that there was a better way of delivering a highly personal and focussed service, which would result in superior outcomes for Clients and users alike.

During more than forty years in Practice, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and an innate ability to bring this experience to bear upon projects covering the whole gamut of environmental design.

By working closely with the allied disciplines of Architecture and Engineering, he has acquired an empirical understanding of the underlying nature of development and construction.

Simon continues to maintain an active role in the business and thrives on collaborative working, engaging from the outset with stakeholders to create holistic, site specific solutions, with landscape at the heart of every scheme.

Dip LA (Manc) Manchester Metropolitan University 1977
CMLI Chartered Member of The Landscape Institute 1980

Paul Ronald Miller - (BA Hons; M.L.I.) - Partner

After graduating from Heriot Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art in 1989, Paul worked for Michael Laird Partnership in Edinburgh before joining, what was then, Simon Hirst Associates in Glasgow at the end of 1991.

Following a period leading Glasgow City Council’s Parks Landscape Design Group between 2002 and 2007, Paul re-joined Simon as a Partner of Hirst Landscape Architects, where he has continued to build his knowledge and expertise over a range of sectors. Paul is a passionate advocate of landscape design and the benefits of engaging a Landscape Architect early in the design process. Collaborative and approachable, he enjoys working with Clients, Designers and Stakeholders to help create interesting, vibrant and sustainable landscapes and spaces.

Paul is an established Examiner and Pathway Supervisor for The Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership. He enjoys mentoring Graduates working towards their Chartership exams within the Practice and takes a personal interest in helping the next generation of Landscape Architects to realise their potential.

The Landscape Institute

Hirst Landscape Architects is a Registered Practice of The Landscape Institute. The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its Members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for public benefit. The LI provides a professional home for LI Practitioners, including Landscape Scientists, Landscape Planners, Landscape Architects, Landscape Managers and Urban Designers. Click here to find out more about The Landscape Institute


Hirst Landscape Architects’ Health and Safety systems have been independently certified by CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme). This provides the assurance that the Practice complies with the approved Code of Practice which supported the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (now recognised as CDM 2015).

Cyber Essentials

Hirst Landscape Architects’ internet systems have been independently verified to be compliant with the requirements of Cyber Essentials, a UK Government scheme encouraging organisations to adopt good practice in information security.  It includes an assurance framework and a simple set of security controls to protect information from threats coming from the internet.  It was developed in collaboration with industry partners, including the Information Security Forum, the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium and the British Standards Institute.