7th Biennal 2012
Born in La Seu d’Urgell in 1946. Architect. Mayor of La Seu d’Urgell from 1983 to 2003. Vice President of the Federació de Municipis de Catalunya from 1983 to 2003. President of the Comissió Interpirinenca de Poders Locals from 1985 to 2003. Secretary General of the Comunitat de Treball dels Pirineus in 2004. Member of the Parliament of Catalonia from 1980-1999. Senator from 2000-2002. General Director of Architecture and Landscape for the Departament de Política Territorial i Obres Públiques of the Generalitat de Catalunya since January 2004. Member of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.
Architect who received his degree from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) in 1977; from 1986 to 1989, he was head of the Girona Territorial Divisions of Urban Planning of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. He currently has his own professional practice, which works on architecture and urban planning projects. He has contributed to numerous courses, conferences, and discussions, in addition to publications, with specific focus on themes related to urban and territorial planning. He is currently director of the Landscape Office of the Association of Architects of Catalonia (COAC).
Degree in Architecture (2003) and Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Official Master in in Landscape Architecture (2006) and University Master in Urbanism Research (2014) from the ETSAB, Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC-BarcelonaTech.
Member of the Scientific and Executive Committee of the Biennial since its 8th edition.
Coordination and organization of the team (from the 4th edition of the International Landscape Biennial to the current one).
Herbert Dreiseitl is a urban designer, landscape architect, water artist, interdisciplinary planner and Professor in Praxis at NUS A hallmark of his work is the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, encouraging people to take care and ownership for places. He has realized ground-breaking contemporary designs in the fields of urban hydrology, water design, stormwater management, planning, and landscape architecture. As the founder of Atelier Dreiseitl, a globally integrated design studio with more than 30-year history of excellence in urban design, landscape architecture and ecological waterscapes Herbert directs the organizations strategic design and planning efforts, demonstrating a portfolio of site-responsive interventions of urban hydrology and environmental engineering. Through a collaborative network with studios in Ueberlingen, Germany, Singapore and Beijing, China, Herbert is committed to developing resources and expertise of lasting impact on the design profession and the natural and built environments across the globe. He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including three editions of Recent Waterscapes, Planning, Building and Designing with Water. As a Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow and Visiting Professor at NUS Singapore, Herbert is exploring the history and potentials for the future of water and society, the changing exogenous water security environments, and design tools for managing global water-related risks.
Christina Tenjiwe Kaba moved from a rural area in South Africa's Eastern Cape to Cape Town in 1984. Christina is co-director of Abalimi Bezekhaya, www.abalimi.org.za , and the leader of a self-sustainable grassroots community micro-farming movement in the townships surrounding Cape Town, which provides permanent fresh food security for around 3000 micro-farming families (15000 people) plus permanent grassroots jobs with regular incomes for hundreds of others, via a marketing scheme called Harvest of Hope www.harvestofhope.co.za . Christina and her team of co-workers have thus created a replicable Iow cost food security and job creation model which can be copied in any town or city countrywide.
Reiulf Ramstad is the founder and principal owner in Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS (RRA), which was established as a firm in 1995. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked as assistant professor, lecturer and thesis advisor at the faculty of Architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) where he held basic and advance courses for "Complex buildings" and "Project Management" for beginners: advanced, and Thesis levels. He was a regular thesis advisor, regular juror in the Faculty of Architecture between 1993 and 2012. Ramstad was awarded professor competence from the Oslo School of Architecture - and Design (AHO) in 2004. He is appointed as a regular thesis juror at AHO from 2008 to 2011. Apart from his acadermic work at NT NU, he was also engaged in his own architectural practice as a partner in "Steen Ramstad Bryn Arkitekter AS" between 1993 and 1995. ReiuIf Ramstad established his own architectural Firm (RRA) in Oslo in 1995 Ramstad has received numerous awards for his architecture and design practice. In addition to several prizes in architectural competitions, some Oother prizes included are: "Premio Gino Valle in Venice," Foundation Norsk Forms prize in Field of Design and Architecture; and "The Norwegian Award for Design Excellence” University College Ostfold was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture -"The Mies van der Rohe Award" in 2007 and The Trollstigen National Tourist Route Project is nominated for the 2011 "Mies Award”. His furniture design and many of RRA's projects have been exhibited in Norway and abroad. He initiated and developed the concept for the first Architectural Triennale in Oslo in 2000. He also represented Norway at the Nordic pavilion at the Architectural Biennale in Venice in 2001. Ramstad was acclaimed professionally as board member of NAL, the National Association of Norwegian Architects, in the period between 1997 and 2000. In 2000-2002 he was appointed vice president.
Per Ritzler (born in 1954, Oslo), Journalist, Project Manager, is Assistant Project Manager, National Tourist Routes in Norway, with responsibility for national and international promotion of the Tourist Routes. Mr. Ritzler is a former journalist and correspondent for the Swedish national broadcasting corporation and has also previously run his own consulting company dealing with communication and journalism.