9th Lecturers

Xiong, Li


Lecturer 9 and 11 

Li Xiong, Vice-President of Beijing Forestry University, Professor, PhD tutor, who is the Member of the China Committee of Experts on Landscape Architecture of the Ministry of Housing and Construction; Convenor of the China Landscape Architecture Discipline Review Group of the Degree Committee of the State Council; Secretary-General of the China Steering Committee for Postgraduate Education Degree of the National Landscape Architecture. He guided students to won important competitions at home and abroad, such as IFLA Asia-Pacific University Student Landscape Design Award, Japan Garden Society Award. He also has won the first prize of China Landscape Architecture And Landscape Society scientific and technological progress, the Asia Pacific Gold Award of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture, published 3 books, published more than 200 academic papers.


Maria Gabriella Trovato

Maria Gabriella Trovato is Assistant Professor in the LDEM Department at the American University of Beirut. She had a Phd in 2003 at the University of Reggio Calabria and the University of Naples in Landscape Architecture: Parks, Gardens and Spatial Planning. Maria Gabriella most recent researches focuses on MEDSCAPES project ENPI/CBCMED, on Landscape Atlas for Lebanon, and on Urban and Peri-urban landscape in the Middle East and North Africa. Currently working on Landscape in emergency research with special focus on Syrian crisis in Lebanon. She has worked in several countries including Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Canada, and was lead partner in EU-research programs.

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis is the Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit, UN-Habitat, Kenya. He has worked for UN-Habitat since 1997 based in Somalia, Kosovo and Nairobi, and has managed the global portfolio of disaster and conflict related work of the Agency since 2002. As a civil engineer and private consultant, he has worked in urban reconstruction and housing programmes in South Africa and Chile as well as with First Nations communities in his home region on Vancouver Island, Canada since 1987. He is currently leading the development of a new UN-Habitat global programme designing new standards for measuring and monitoring urban resilience. The City Resilience Profiling Programme, and its associated projects and team, are based in the Risk Reduction Unit’s programme office in Barcelona, Spain.

Kate Orff

Kate Orff’s activist and visionary work on design for climate dynamics has been shared and developed in collaboration with arts institutions, governments, and scholars worldwide. She teaches design studios and interdisciplinary seminars at Columbia University focused on sustainable development, biodiversity, and community-based change. Kate is also a registered landscape architect and the founder of SCAPE, an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design office based in New York City. She is also the author of Toward an Urban Ecology, (Monacelli, 2016) a new book about the SCAPE practice.

Tomàs Molina

Tomàs Molina Bosch degree in physics and journalist collegiate member, is meteorological chief of TV3, director of a television program named “Espai i Terra”, associate professor of the UB, member of the administrative council of the Meteorological Service of Catalonia, vice president of the International Association of Climate Broadcasters Meteorology, among other institutions. Known as television worker since 1987 at the meteorological service, won several awards for his informative work Micrófono de plata (2002), Premi Zapping for best spanish TV presenter (2012), Academia Española de TV award as best Regional TV program for Espai i Terra. Tomas Molina has published “Tu, jo i el Medi Ambient”, “Cuentos del Cielo y la Tierra”, and several children’s stories as “El año que mi abuelo vió llover” dealing with the effects of climate change in Spain.

Dirk Sijmons

Lecturer 6 and 9

Dirk Sijmons worked at several Ministries and the State Forestry Service. In 1990 he was one of the founders of H+N+S Landscape-architects. H+N+S received the Prince Bernard Culture award in 2001. In 2002 he received the Rotterdam-Maaskant award. His book publications in English are: Landscape (1998), Greetings from Europe (2008) and Landscape and Energy (2014). Sijmons was appointed first State Landscape Architect of the Netherlands (2004-2008). He held the chair of Environmental Design (2008-2011) and that of Landscape Architecture (2011-2015) at the TU-Delft. Dirk Sijmons was the curator of IABR-2014 with the theme Urban-by-Nature.

Bernadette Blanchon

Bernadette Blanchon: arquitecta, Profesora Asociada en la Escuela Nacional Superior de Paisaje de Versalles e investigadora en LAREP. Ha colaborado con el «Bureau des Paysages», dirigido por el paisajista A. Chemetoff. Ella ha contribuido a varias publicaciones y ha dado conferencias en congresos internacionales y diversas universidades . Es editora y fundadora de la revista académica JoLA , Journal of Landscape Architecture en la que ha estado a cargo hasta el 2014 de la sección “Under the sky”.

Karin Helms

Lecturer 2 i 9

Born in Paris, 1963. She studied Landscape Architecture at the School of Gembloux (Belgium) and graduated in Biology at the University of Milan. ln 1992 she founded SARL Karin Helms. Her main projects include the Montpellier ring road; extension of Bruz, Ille-et-Vilaine; master plan for the historic centre of de Folleville; Place Moncey, Lyons. She has published various articles and works and, since 1999, is the head of the Projects Department of the ENSP, Versailles.

Alexandre Chemetoff

Alexandre Chemetoff was born in 1950 in Paris. He has chosen to practice his work with an open and free way, rejecting the limit and the boundaries between disciplines: a polytechnic art that deals with everything adopting a relative attitude. Alexandre Chemetoff conceived the practice of his subject as a commitment in world. The program is a raised question, the site a place of resources and the project is a way to change the rules of the game. In 1983 he founded the Bureau des Paysages, a structure with architects, landscape architects and urban planners. In 2008 creates Alexandre Chemetoff & associés.

Stig L. Andersson

Stig L. Andersson founded SLA Architects in 1994. Renowned for his sensuous and poetic work, Andersson combines unique amenity values based on the aesthetics of nature with cutting-edge urban design. Stig L. Andersson has received numerous national and international awards for his work, including the European Landscape Award, the RIBA Award, and in 2014 the C.F. Hansen Medal – the highest national honour given to a Danish architect awarded by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. He is a professor in aesthetic design at the University of Copenhagen and is a much sought-after lecturer and teacher at universities and architecture schools in Europe, Asia and the United States.