25 years ago, on April 1989, ten professional landscape architects from all over Europe met in Vilvoorde (Belgium) and signed the Constitution of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture. It was a group of people who had witnessed, in 1948, the creation of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, and who believed that our way of perceiving and understanding the world –derived from our profession- could contribute to its development.

Since then, IFLA EUROPE has become a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the profession of landscape architecture across all countries of the Europe Union, the European Economic Community and the Council of Europe, recognizing excellence in educational courses and promoting best practice policies in all member countries.

We have grown in number every year since EFLA was created, so that nowadays, 34 national associations –members and affiliate- are part of us. Such a willingness to be together backs up the Federation’s work throughout these years: it is the result of the conscientious and generous work of not only the members of the Executive Councils which have steered the Federation during this time, but of all the members and individuals that have actively helped in its organization.

IFLA EUROPE therefore is proud of presenting its Honorary Members, individuals, groups, organisations, companies or bodies whom IFLA Europe wish to honour for their support and engagement with the profession on a regional or national level, and their exceptional loyalty, assistance and dedication to the promotion of IFLA Europe, its aims, aspirations and strategic goals. (article 3.7 of IFLA EUROPE’s Statutes)


Ms. Jette Abel, Denmark


Mr. Fritz Auweck, Germany

Fritz Auweck

Prof. Dipl.Ing. Fritz A. Auweck – ByAK, BDLA, DASL

Fritz A. Auweck is Landscape architect and Urban planner.

He is member of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects (ByAK), of the German Association of Landscape Architects (BDLA) and of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL).

He is long time engaged for developing the profession of Landscape Architects. Since 1996 he is active in the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), specifically in the European section IFLA Europe, former EFLA, as Vice President Education, as President (2009-10), and present in the Professional Practice Committee as Project Manager of several projects. He is  the chairman for International Affairs of BDLA and BAK (German Federal Chamber of Architects) and BAK delegate to IFLA/IFLA Europe. He is also active in the Bavarian Academy for Rural Development (ALR)  and the Bavarian School for Village and Rural Development (SDL Thierhaupten) since long time.

Fritz Auweck was from 1985 to 2013 Professor for Landscape- and Regional Development at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (HSWT), Faculty Landscape Architecture. Since 2013 he continues teaching at HSWT in the master course International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA).

Since 1991 to 2016 he was active in his former own private company which is now part of the European SWECO group. By this he did a lot of village renewal and rural development projects.

Fritz Auweck has long experience in teaching, professional practice and research. His main focus and also subjects of research are cross community development, landuse planning, village renewal and public participation. land use in metropolitan areas. He is also active in European research projects to develope the profession in countries of East Europe.

Ms. Teresa Andresen, Portugal


Ms. Carmen Añon, Spain

carmen añon

Carmen Añón (Barcelona, 1931) has trained as landscape architect and has a wide experience including cultural landscapes’ restoration and management, cultural heritage conservation and promotion, monitoring and assessment methods, and practice of landscape architecture in relation with cultural assets. She has served as President of the International Consultative Committee of ICOMOS and member of the Executive Committee; Vice-President of the ICOMOS National Spanish Committee and President of the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS-IFLA, being now Honorary President. Coordinator for the ICOMOS experts for evaluation missions of cultural landscapes, has carried out many evaluation missions for World Heritage and served for four years as member of the World Heritage Committee. She is one of the Charter of Florence signatories.

She has also a long experience in education and training due to the many courses, seminars and conferences she has organized for universities and training centers around the world such as the Centre Raymond Lemaire of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), ICCROM Centre (Rome), Ecole Superieure de Versailles (France) and Universities of Barcelona, Florence, Madrid, Milan, Evora , Lisboa, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Brussels, etc.; she has also participated in more than 200 conferences, seminars and congresses. Her written work includes a long collection of books, articles, and papers.

She is currently honorary member of the Accademia delle Arti dei Disegni (Firenze), Instituto de Estudios Madrileños, Comitato Cientifico della Fondazione Benetton and several other institutions in relation with cultural landscapes and cultural heritage.

Carmen Añón has been awarded with the Piero Gazzola Prize (ICOMOS), Cruz de Oficial de Isabel la Católica (Spain), Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (France) and several other international awards and prizes.


Mr. Jef De Gryse, Belgium

J. De Gryse

Joseph De Gryse, is landscape architect and urban planner. After several years of internship in France and Netherlands, notably in Amsterdam, he establishes his design office in 1963 in Brussels and, at the same time, teaches in different schools of landscape architecture, urban planning and architecture.
In parallel with these two functions, he has a very intense community life, as President of Belgian Association of Garden and Landscape Architects from 1972 to 1990 and Delegate to IFLA, during which time he proposed the first Landscape Architecture Charter (1979). During the same period, he successively took up positions of member of the General Assembly, Treasurer and President of IFLA European Council before becoming President of the European Foundation of Landscape Architecture from 1992 to 1997 and finally Honorary President. Since many years ago, he is a lecturer and jury member in schools and in architecture competitions in numerous European cities, he writes, advises and presents didactic shows on Belgian television. He organised together with IFLA European Council international gathering and exhibitions, notably in Brussels in 1988 at the premises of the European Foundation of Landscape Architecture. He is honorary citizen of the city he lives in – Anderlecht (Brussels).


Mr. Georges Ertzinger, Belgium


Mr. Robert Holden, UK


Ms. Annalisa Maniglio, Italy


Mr. Lars Nyberg, Sweden


Mr. Michael Oldham, UK


Mr. Arno Schmid, Germany

Arno Schmid

Professor Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Landscape Architect BDLA FASLA IFLA DASL Educated in Weihenstephan Germany. Degree (Dipl.-Ing.FH) 1961. Resident Landscape Architect in resort developments on New Providence Island, Nassau, Bahamas 1961 – 1973. Joined the BDLA (Federation of German Landscape Architects) in 1961, admitted as member in the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) in 1963. Returned to Germany in 1973, and became a partner in the private practice office of Eppinger + Schmid, Landscape Architects, later Prof. Schmid-Treiber-Partner in Leonberg. The office addresses a wide range of projects, from landscape and environmental planning to landscape architecture and town planning. Received many Prizes in Design Competitions. Lecturer (1986 Professor) for Landscape Architecture at HfT, Stuttgart 1977-2002. Acted as Juror and Jury Chair in national and international Design Competitions. Scientific Director for Landscape at the International Building Exhibition “Emscher Park” 1989-1995. Served in many honorary functions: German delegate to IFLA (1977 to 1996), President of BDLA (1983-1989), Vice President of EFLA 1989-1992, President of IFLA (1996-2000) and President of the BAK (Federal Chamber of German Architects) (2004-2010). Elected member of DASL (German Academy for Town and Country Planning), Fellow of the ASLA, Honorary Member of the BDLA.



Mr. Stefaan Stegen, Belgium


Mr. Nigel Thorne, UK

Nigel Thorne




Mr. Thierry Weill, France


Mr. John Weier, Luxembourg



Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles

Born in 1922 (May twenty fifth), grew up between Lisbon and Coruche, two worlds that made him aware  of  the  importance  of  respecting  nature,  natural  order  and  the  connection  that  must  exist between town and countryside. Graduates in Agronomic Engineering and Landscape-Architecture (1952), amongst others, the first generation of Landscape Architects in Portugal. His career spans over 60 years, during which he worked as a designer, as a teacher (Higher Institute of Agronomy and Évora University), in Public Administration (Lisbon Municipality  and the Housing Development Institute) and as a member of various Governments. From 1953 to 1960, at Lisbon Municipality, formed ateam that revolutionized the way of thinking and planning  the  city’s  green  areas.  The  design  of  S.  Jeronimo  Chapel  park,  in  1958,  is  the  main reference on the new approach to developing urban parks. His most emblematic design, the Calouste GulbenkianFoundation Park, Lisbon’s reference garden, was designed in 1962-3, with Antonio Barreto. The 1974’s Revolution brought him to the forefront  of the nation’s political life. First as Secretary  of State for the Environment (in 1975), and from 1981 to 83, as Minister of State for Quality of Life, he was a pioneer in the defense and conservation of environmental values, the promotion of land-use planning,  sustainable  development  and  the  humanization  of  cities,  and  he  bears  the  main responsibility for setting the ground for the current legal Framework Laws on conservation, land-use planning  and  environmental  quality,  legislative  rules  that  made  Portugal  a  pioneer  in  European panorama, influencing other countries. The promotion of Landscape Architecture in Portugaland abroad has always been a main goal of Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles’ career. He was a key figurein the developing of the Landscape Architecture degree in Portugal, first founded in 1942 by Professor Caldeira Cabral, at Lisbon Higher Institute of Agronomy, and in 1976, at Évora University. As Lisbon’s Municipality Councilor (1998) he battled for the Ecological Structure of the city, amongst other proposals, through the creation of a Peripheral Park and a greenway. Finally, in 2007, all his efforts were recognized with the approval of “Lisbon’s Green Plan”, integrated in the Master Plan for the city´s development.

In  2012  Lisbon’s  greenway,  connecting  Liberdade  Avenue  to  Monsanto  Forest  Park,  was  finally concluded. Currently, on behalf of the “Portuguese Associationof Landscape Architects” (APAP), the entity of which he was a founding member (1976), and President (2001 to 2005), still carries on the defense of a sustainable development model for the country and for the world.

Margarida Cancela d’Abreu
Maria  Margarida  Coruche  Cancela  d’Abreu,  born  20  th  September  1948,  at  Lisbon. Graduated in Landscape Architecture at High Institute of Agronomy (Lisbon) in 1971. Started  immediately  professional  work  at  National  Housing  Institute,  collaborating  in several housing plans and  the creation of green areas rules.  From 1975 –  1986 worked at  the  National Environmental Department, contributing to environmental and land use planning legislation. In 1987 moved up to the Regional Commission of Alentejo (Évora),
with the position of Regional Director for Land Use Planning, for twenty years. Retired in 2011.
From  1976  to  2011  was  also  invited  teacher  at  Landscape  Architecture  Course  – University of Évora.
From the professional course points out the defence of ecological principles, humanistic concerns  and  public  interest  in  the  land  use  planning  process  and  permanent  work team.
Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects founder in 1976 and President 2009 -2012. Currently the vice-president .
Delegate  from  Portugal  to  IFLA  and  IFLA  Europe  several  times.  Participating  in the work of the Education Committee.


Mr. Jan Voskens, Netherlands

In Memoriam Jan Voskens
To our great sorrow on 12th February 2016 our colleague, Dutch landscape architect Jan Voskens, Extraordinary Member of the Dutch Association of Landscape Architects and IFLA EUROPE Honorary Member, has passed away.
Jan Voskens has always worked with all his heart and soul for the development and the structural organization of the discipline of garden and landscape architecture, both at national and international spheres.
He graduated in Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University (Netherlands) in 1974, and undertook part of his studies in Massachusetts (USA). As a student he took part in the organisation of the IFLA Congress on the Delta, which took place in the early 1970’s at Wageningen University. His master thesis developed the plan for the first National Park of Curacao, the Cristoffelpark. His proposals are still effective, and have resisted the passing of time and  present day conditionings.  Already in those days Jan was a man of the world and the international realm.
His professional career took place at the engineering firm Grontmij, Zeist, and in the provincial administration of Utrecht, Netherlands.
Jan Voskens was for many years a member of the Dutch Association of Landscape Architect (NVTL). He has strived for a Dutch Association for garden and landscape architecture, an association for people who love the discipline, open to everyone, including the interests and the protection of the offical title.  The Dutch association NVTL resulted in 1983 from the merger of the Association for garden and landscape architecture (VTL) and the Union of Dutch garden architects (BNT). Consultations on the fusion were conducted at the time by Jan Voskens (and Klaas de Poel) for the VTL and by Roel van Aalderen and Heino Cleveringa for the BNT.
For NVTL as early as 1983 he organized, together with the Wageningen education pillar, the groundbreaking two-day “Symposium on Computers and landscape architecture”. Jan has also worked actively for 6 years as a member of the Committee of Admission to the Title of garden and landscape architect on the basis of the Law on the architect title from 1988 to 1994.
For NVTL and “The European Landscape” Foundation, he was one of the organizers of  the IFLA Congress 1988 in Rotterdam called “Changing Agriculture, Changing landscapes” on the role of European agriculture in the development of our landscapes. This conference raised a lot of media attention and interest for research, with reports that influenced even national and European policies.
For more than 10 years, Jan was the enthusiastic Dutch representative to the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). In that period, in 1989, he became also one of the founding fathers of the EFLA, the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture. Also in this  case he conducted negotiations and one of the important aspects of his input was that the EFLA would be an organization open for anyone that cares about the field.
In 2014, at the Silver Jubilee that celebrated the 25 years of existence of EFLA –now IFLA EUROPE- in Oslo, he was honored for his role in the creation of EFLA together with the other founders. He was appointed Honorary Member of our Federation. In gratitude for his special commitment to the landscape architecture in general and in specific for the Dutch discipline, the Dutch Associaton NVTL last October 2015 also appointed him to Extraordinary Member.
Though the chronic disease MS earned him the last few decades ever more heavy restrictions, Jan has battled with raised head against this disease. We will remember him as a brave and visionary man with great passion for the profession, the Association and international collaboration.


Mr. Jean-Marie Defalque, Belgium

In Memoriam Jean-Marie Defalque
To our great sorrow, our colleague, landscape architect Jean Defalque, IFLA EUROPE Honorary Member, has passed away.