Exploring Edinburgh is an expansive and stylishly formatted guide to the best of Edinburgh's architecture. Not only does it give a brief history of each architectural site but also includes easy to understand maps and suggested walking routes. It also explores locations outside the centre of Edinburgh for those with more time to explore the rich architectural landscape of Scotland's capital.
Robin Ward is a writer, graphic designer and architecture critic, born and raised in Glasgow. He took a gap year to the Canadian north, as a fur-trading clerk for the Hudson's Bay Company, and travelled across Canada before returning to Scotland to study at Glasgow School of Art. His interest in architecture was inspired by a high school trip to Basil Spence's Coventry Cathedral, study at the Mackintosh Building at the GSA and a post-graduate scholarship to Italy. He wrote and illustrated a column for the Herald (Glasgow), worked in London as a designer with the BBC and relocated to Vancouver in 1988. He has travelled widely in Canada, Europe and South-east Asia (he married into a Thai family). For 10 years, he was the architecture critic at The Vancouver Sun. He has received awards for design, illustration and journalism, including a Heritage Canada Achievement Award and a prize in The Architectural Review Centenary Drawing Competition. He is based in Edinburgh.