Niek Hazendonk has a master’s degree in Landscape architecture from Wageningen University. He works at the Ministry of Agriculture since 1988. The last decades he was involved in most of the physical and landscape planning processes on a national level. He is a visiting professor at the Academy of Amsterdam. He was a speaker at several European universities and conferences and an expert to the Council of Europe. He has been Dutch representative for the European Landscape Convention during 10 years and since 2014 he is Dutch NVTL Delegate for IFLA Europe.
In 1995 he was one of the authors of the Visie Stadslandschappen (Vision on City Landscapes), a visionary policy document that introduced concepts as urban agriculture, city metabolism and green infrastructure in the urban-rural policy arena. As assistant to the first Dutch National Advisor on Landscape, he published “Greetings form Europe, landscape and leisure” (2008). He has always been interested in the history of the discipline of landscape architecture and planning and especially focused on the preservation of archives and documents.