IFLA EUROPE HONORARY MEMBERS
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
Ms. Teresa Andresen, Portugal
Ms. Carmen Añon, Spain
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. Jean-Marie Defalque, Belgium
Mr. Jef De Gryse, Belgium
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
Ms. Annalisa Maniglio, Italy
Mr. Michael Oldham, UK
Mr. Arno Schmid, Germany
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
Mr. Jan Voskens, Netherlands
In Memoriam Jan Voskens
To our great sorrow last 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 was 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. Thierry Weill, France
Mr. John Weier, Luxembourg
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.