Key note speakers – University of Copenhagen

Key note speakers

World in Denmark 2011

Stig L. Andersson

Stig L. AnderssonStig L. Andersson is a landscape architect, founder and creative director of SLA, a Copenhagen based design practice. SLA’s approach is experimental, visionary and innovative, aiming at elaborating new methods for tomorrow’s urban planning, as stated in the recent project “process urbanism – the city as artificial ecosystem”. SLA has been elaborating designs ranging from general urban and landscape planning to detailed installations in Denmark and wordwide, creating genuine amenity values that in an unorthodox way add a new layer of meaning to the everyday environment.

Among their most acclaimed built work is the Anchor Park in Malmö, the city centre in Frederiksberg/ Copenhagen, the urban development of Fredericia C, the elephant landscape at Copenhagen Zoo, and – part of the post-conference trip – the Sønderboulevard, the SEB Bank exteriors and the Nykredit plaza in Copenhagen. SLA was the first office to be awarded the Topos European Landscape Award for its focus on sensory urban spaces in 2000.

After his graduation from the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1986, Andersson was particularly interested in the Japanese culture’s relationship to substance, space and changeability – fields he has integrated and developed in his practice since 1994. Starting with a landscape architectural office, Andersson has developed SLA into an interdisciplinary organisation working with a network of lighting engineers, literary historians, ethnologists, biologists, economists, artists etc. Andersson is Adjunct Professor for urban design at the Centre for Forest & Landscape, Faculty for Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Carme Pinós

Carme PinósCarme Pinós distinguishes herself as an architect with a spatial language that refers to organic structures in various ways. After reaching professional recognition together with Enric Miralles with projects such as the Cemetery of Igualada, she established her own practice in 1991 transferring the supervision and construction of several projects initiated in her previous office.

Among her works are the Pedestrian Bridge in Petrer in Alicante, the Waterfront in Torrevieja or the Cube Tower in Guadalajara, México, the model of which was acquired by the MOMA in 2006 for its permanent collection.

The studio is currently carrying out several projects: the Catalan Government Headquarters in Terres de l’Ebre, Tortosa, the Museum of Transport and Metropolitan Park in Málaga, “La Gardunya” Development in the Historical District in Barcelona, the Department Building in the New Campus of the University of Economics in Vienna and the Caixaforum in Zaragoza.

In 2008 Pinós received the National Prize of Architecture and Urban Space by the Catalan Government for her professional work. She is a Board member of the Spanish National Museum of Architecture and Urban Space and member of the Academic Council of the Master and PhD School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Cataluna (UPC). Pinós has combined her career as an architect with teaching, participating in seminars, courses and workshops and has also been guest professor in various universities worldwide.

Dirk Sijmons

Dirk SijmonsDirk Sijmons is a landscape architect who has been striving since the 1980s for the influential role of landscape architecture within Dutch regional planning and policy making, as a designer and researcher, but also as a professional in and a consultant for the public administration. He has widely contributed to the national ‘Room for the River’ water management strategy. From 2004 to 2008, Sijmons was appointed State Landscape Architect of the Netherlands, a new position that advises the Dutch government on landscape matters.

Sijmons studied architecture and planning at the Technical University of Delft, worked in different positions at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and the Netherlands Forestry Service and founded in 1990, together with two partners, H+N+S Landscape Architects, where he has been responsible since for regional plans, e.g. the ‘Deltametropool’

Sijmons has been a a chairman of the board of OASE, journal on architecture theory since 1994. His main publications include Landkaartmos, 2002, about Dutch landscape planning, Oorden van Onthouding, 1998, about nature and design, =Landscape, 2002, on landscape design on a regional scale, Een plan dat werkt, 2006, about policymaking and design, and Greetings from Europe, 2008, on leisure landscapes in Europe. Since 2008 Sijmons has been Professor for Environmental Design at the Technical University in Delft.

Gini Lee

Gini LeeDr Gini Lee is a Brisbane based landscape architect and interior designer committed to design, research, and management of the remote and vast landscapes of Australia. Her PhD entitled “The Intention to Notice: the collection, the tour and ordinary landscapes”, investigated ways in which designed landscapes are incorporated into the cultural understandings of individuals and communities. Focusing on the arid environments of Australia, her multidisciplinary research into the water landscapes of remote territories contributes to the scientific and cultural and indigenous understanding and management strategies for fragile landscapes.

Her recent curatorial practice is an experiment with Deep Mapping methods to investigate the complex landscapes of Australia. Lee is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Queensland University of Technology where she teaches and researches landscape design studio and theory that engages with the curation and postproduction of complex landscapes. She is past Head of School at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, where she was a researcher and lecturer in spatial interior design and cultural and critical landscape architecture studies. In July 2011 she will take up the position of the Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Lee is also executive editor of the scientific IDEA Journal, a member of the Queensland Heritage Council and chair of art + place for Arts Queensland.

Adriaan Geuze

Adriaan GeuzeWith his firm West 8, landscape architect Adriaan Geuze developed a technique of relating contemporary culture, urban identity, architecture, public space and engineering within one design, while always taking the context into account. Geuze studied at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, founded his office West 8 in 1987 and is internationally acclaimed for his approach to planning and design of the public environment. West 8’s most well-known projects include Schouwburgplein, Borneo-Sporenburg, Leidsche Rijn Park, Madrid RIO.

West 8 has won various international design competitions such as Governor’s Island in New York, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Toronto’s New Central Waterfront design in Canada. In Copenhagen, they have drawn the masterplan and realized the Amerika Plads harbour conversion district, and they are the authors, together with PLOT architects, of the Bryggen Syd masterplan for the development of the former port areas South of Islands Brygge.

By establishing the SLA Foundation (Surrealistic Landscape Architecture) in 1992, Geuze has increased public awareness of his profession. He frequently lectures and teaches at universities worldwide and has won numerous design awards, such as the Rosa Barba First European Landscape prize (2002). In 2005 Geuze was attributed the position of curator for the 2nd International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, entitled “The Flood”.

Michel Desvigne

Michel DesvigneLandscape architect Michel Desvigne has developed an original, process-oriented and research-based design approach for urban landscapes that he has described in his book Intermediate Natures. The landscapes of Michel Desvigne, 2008. With his office, he has been working internationally with leading architecture practices such as Sir Norman Foster, Herzog and de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, O.M.A (Rem Koolhaas), Christian de Portzamparc, I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers.

Among his most well known urban public spaces are the Rue de Meaux garden (Paris, France), numerous public squares in the historical centre of Lyon (France), several French high speed railway station piazzas (Valence, Avignon, Marseille, Strasbourg), the Greenwich Peninsula Millennium Park (London, UK), and several modern art museum’s gardens, namely in Utrecht (The Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), at Parc Draï Eechelen (Luxemburg), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (USA), the DCPA in Dallas (US), the Saint Louis Art Museum (USA) and the New Qatar National Museum in Doha. Among his recent realisations are the public waterfront in Almere (The Netherlands) and a project at the Keio University in Tokyo. Furthermore, Desvigne has been attributed the leading role in the planning and implementation of the Paris-Saclay urban cluster (7700 ha), in the landscape and urban planning of the Euralens development (1200 ha), as well as in the redevelopment of Marseille’s Old Harbour.

Desvigne is a graduate of the Faculty of Natural Sciences in Lyon and the of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles (1984). He has taught at several architecture universities around the world, and since 2000 has regularly been teaching at the Architecture University in Mendrisio, Switzerland.