Dr. Attila Tóth – chair
Dr. Attila Tóth is a freelance landscape architect, currently working as assistant professor (PhD) at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, where he completed his PhD in 2015. He studied landscape architecture and landscape & spatial planning in Slovakia and Austria. His main scientific interests are green infrastructure from the perspective of landscape architecture, rural cultural landscapes, and urban agriculture. He has conducted research scholarships in Austria (2012; 2014-2015) and scientific missions in Spain (2013) and New Zealand (2014). He has authored over 100 scientific and professional publications. He is Board Member of the LE:NOTRE Institute, specialist adviser and consultant in landscape architecture, Editorial Board Member of the international scientific journal EKOLÓGIA (Bratislava), ECLAS Contact Person and representative of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, and Scientific Commission Member of the G200 Association. His main achievements include two ECLAS Outstanding Student Awards (Master 2013, Doctoral 2016); the Ernst Mach Scholarship (2014/2015); the Green Talents Award for outstanding achievements in sustainability research (2017); and the BMW Award for Sustainability and Innovations (2014).
Prof. Dr. Nilgül KARADENİZ – board member & staff governance
Professor Nilgül Karadeniz studied Landscape Architecture at Ankara University. Since 1998 she has been affiliated to Ankara University as an academic staff and since 2010 as Professor in Landscape Architecture. Her recent research has focused on participatory GIS- Landscape Planning, conservation and management of sensitive ecosystems, landscape biography and the relationship between climate change and urban expansion – transformation. She was a visiting researcher at AGH Science and Technology University (Kraków-Poland), North Carolina University (Raleigh-USA) and Kassel University (Germany). She had been editorial board member of SCI-expanded journals. She is former Vice-President and Executive Committee member of European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS), and is currently board member of the LE:NOTRE Institute.
Elke MERTENS – board member
Elke Mertens is professor of garden architecture and landscape maintenance at the Hochschule Neubrandenburg – University of Applied Sciences. She holds a Dr.-Ing. degree from the Technical University in Berlin (1997). She is co-chair of the German Hochschulkonferenz Landschaft (HKL), general secretary of the Le Notre Institute and had been active in the Le:Notre Thematic Network as well as in ECLAS as member of the executive boards. Elke Mertens has published the Book “Visualizing Landscape Architecture” and has been active as reviewer for different conferences and magazines in the field of landscape.
Harlind Libbrecht – board member
Prof. Dr. Meryem Atik – treasurer
Meryem Atik is a full time Professor in Landscape Archictecture Department at Akdeniz University in Antalya, Turkey. She conducted a great number of research project on rural landscapes, landscape toponymies, landscape charaterisation, impacts of recreation activities and the author of book chapters in landscape character assessment and related topics. She had research sholarships at Leibniz Universität Hannover , TU Berlin in Germany and Lincoln University in New Zealand in various times. Her field of speciality is cultural landscapes and rural landscapes in particular. She is currently a board member of the LE:NOTRE Institute.
Maria Beatrice Andreucci – board member
Maria-Beatrice Andreucci PhD, MBA, M.Sc., M.Sc.is a registered landscape architect and economist who focuses her professional activity, research and teaching, on the application of environmental technological design and environmental economics theories, principles and methods on urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture projects. In both teaching and researching, she levers on an extensive international professional experience in strategic planning and economic valuation, working on complex, integrated business development and corporate finance projects, consulting leading private and public institutions and corporations worldwide.
Research works led her to Europe, China and the USA for cross-cultural research on urban green infrastructure, landscape ecology and adaptive urban design, leading to her Ph.D. Doctor Europaeus in Environmental Design from the “Planning, Design, Technology of Architecture” Department of “Sapienza” University of Rome. Her current international teaching and research activities are focused on adaptive design for resilient and inclusive cities. Her work continues to engage environmental technological design, landscape ecology, and economic valuation as an evolving integrated framework, linking nature based solutions’ performance assessment, economic valuation of ecosystem services, and urban resilience capacity building.
Multidisciplinary approach, extensive international networking and research-through-design characterize her activities that she carries out actively participating to national and international EU funded projects. She is Management Committee S-Member for Italy of the EU funded multidisciplinary research initiatives: COST Action CA15206 “PESFOR-W”; COST Action CA16114 “RESTORE”; COST Action FP1204 “GreenInUrbs”. Co-chair of the European research project “Eklipse – Urban Biodiversity & Mental Health and Well-being”, in cooperation with the French Ministry of the Environment and the World Health Organisation. Expert and leader of the Thematic Working Group “Urban Economies and Welfare” in JPI-UERA “Urban Europe Research Alliance”. Expert member of IFLA “International Federation of Landscape Architects Advisory Circle”. Member of SITdA “Italian Society of Technology of Architecture” and IALE “International Association of Landscape Ecology”.
Her projects have been published on international journals and have won recognitions and prizes at international levels. Currently, she is Research Professor of Environmental Technological Design and expert member of the Scientific Didactic Committee of the II level Master in Environmental Technological Design, at the “Planning, Design, Technology of Architecture” Department, of “Sapienza” University of Rome.
Anna Szilagyi-Nagy – board member
Anna Szilágyi-Nagy is an MSc landscape architect, working at the Town Hall of Törökbálint, Hungary. She is interested in promoting practices that smoothen the dialogue between decision makers and citizens at the local level. She is vice-president of the kultúrAktív Egyesület, a Hungarian NGO that fosters built environment education for children, and coordinates game-based participatory projects for youth in urban development. Her recent focus is on safe cities and design out of crimes strategies and as CPTED expert she runs the project SAFECITY funded by the Hungarian National Crime Prevention Council at the NGO. As PhD student of the University of Tubingen, she writes her research about the transformation of landscape democracy practices through games. She is board member of the LE:NOTRE Institute, and interested in linking landscape education, research and practice on local and international level.
Julia Georgi – board member
Prof. Dr. Julia (Nerantzia) Tzortzi (Georgi) is Assoc. Professor of Landscape Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering.
She is Vice-President of the Greek Association of Landscape Architects-PHALA (2003-16) and member of Landscape Institute (UK) and IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects), where she is active in the IFLA WGs: “UIA / IFLA Working Group Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes” and “Cultural Landscapes”.
She also established the Master of Landscape Architecture at Neapolis University of Pafos Cyprus and she taught in several Universities in Europe and in China (ZUST University).
Julia has served for 15 years as Executive Professional in Forestry Engineer and Landscape Architect at the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Energy – Climate Change of Greece. During her service at the Ministry she served as General Project Manager at the Environmental Awareness Park Organization of Antonis Tritsis, the largest urban park in Greece (120 Ha).
During the years 2000-2004 Julia offered her expertise as General Project Manager and Head of Environmental Department for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She designed and supervised the construction of significant landscape projects (urban, periurban parks, greenways, venues) of ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games such as the Contemporary Marathon Route, the surrounding environment of Olympic Venue: Whistle House, the landscape design of the surrounding area of Peace and Friendship Stadium, the renovation of Athens National Garden, the redesign of Pedion Areos Park, the landscape preservation of the Historic Garden of Zappeion Megaron, the landscape design for Exarchia square, and the landscape design of Kolonaki square.
From 1997 to 2000 she was Head of the Environmental Department of EGNATIA ODOS S.A. Design/Construction Company which specifically designed and constructed Egnatia Odos, the transnational Road from Adriatic Sea throughout Greece up to the boarders with Turkey.
Jeroen de Vries – director
Jeroen de Vries is a dedicated landscape architect with a mission to foster the
professional and academic quality of the discipline. Combines vision and innovation with management and sustainable support of organisations. In groups and projects acting as the driving force: structuring, organising discussion, guiding decision making, supporting his colleagues, and editing and implementing the outcomes. Graduated as a landscape architect of Wageningen University with a specialisation in landscape design and ecology. Worked as a consultant at the DG Groep and a teacher and researcher at VHL University of Applied Science.
Jeroen supported landscape architecture on a national and European level by serving on the executive committee of the Netherlands Association for Landscape Architecture (NVTL; 1998-2003), in the recognition panel of schools for EFLA (1997-2005), as a member of the Executive Committee of ECLAS (1997-2013, president 2004-2009) and the LE:NOTRE Steering Committee (2001-2012). He was a member of the working party of sustainable urban development of the NVTL (1998-2017).
Currently he is on the advisory board of the DG Groep and director of the LE:NOTRE Institute. He is an independent landscape architecture researcher. In September 2017 he was honoured with the ECLAS Life Time Achievement award for excellence in teaching, research and international organisation.