The ECLAS Conference 2016 took place from 11-14th of September 2016 at the HSR Hochschule für Technik in Rapperswil, Switzerland and was organised in cooperation with hepia Genève.
220 participants from 30 countries joined the conference under the theme “Bridging the Gap”.
The event was opened by Hermann Mettler, principal of HSR Rapperswil and followed by welcome speeches of Martin Klöti, president of canton St Gallen, Erich Zoller, mayor of the city of Rapperswil-Jona, Simon Bell, ECLAS President as well as the OK members Michael Jakob from hepia Genève and Peter Petschek & Dominik Siegrist from HSR Rapperswil.
Five keynote speakers introduced their approach to “Bridging the Gap”:

  • Chris Reed – Assoc. Prof. in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Boston/US
  • Paolo L. Bürgi – Landscape Architect, Studio Bürgi, Camorino/Switzerland; adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; professor, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and Politecnico di Milano in dialogue with Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia/US
  • Noel Kingsbury – Freelance Garden and Planting Design, United Kingdom
  • Jörg Rekittke – Professor and Deputy Dean, Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne/AUS
  • Matthias Stremlow – Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Rural Areas Section, Bern/Switzerland

 120 presentations were held by participants in parallel session of the following sub-themes:

  • Landscape Design
  • Construction/IT
  • Landscape Planning
  • Planting Design

Side events included a visit to the ENEA tree museum, a poster session, the heads of schools meeting with dinner, a conference dinner as well as optional excursions.

Please find here the Conference Proceedings (Dropbox - no login required) as well as some impressions of the ECLAS Conference 2016.
We would like to thank ECLAS, HSR Rapperswil and hepia Genève, our sponsors, (media) partners, welcome and keynote speakers as well as all participants for making this great conference possible!
ECLAS 2016 Organizing Committee

Conference BeyondIsm: The Landscape of Landscape Urbanism – deadline for registration extended to September 23!


Welcome to Sweden, Alnarp & Malmö!


WHEN/ October 19-21, 2016

WHERE/ Alnarp Campus, Malmö, Sweden

HOST/ SLU Landscape

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From September 11-14, 2016, the international community of landscape architecture meets in Rapperswil for this year's ECLAS Conference ( The event, held for the first time in Switzerland, provides a forum for discussion and multi-national idea exchange between landscape architecture professionals from over 30 countries.

There are still a few places left to participate in the conference and conference registration is open until August 19.

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Call for ECLAS awards 2016

In order to support the highest standards of landscape architecture education and research and to raise the awareness of scholarship in landscape architecture ECLAS bestows awards for outstanding performances by teachers, researchers and students.

ECLAS has four types of awards:

·         ECLAS Lifetime achievement Award

·         ECLAS Outstanding Educator Award

·         ECLAS Outstanding Researcher Award

·         ECLAS Outstanding Student Award (three categories: 1st cycle, 2nd cycle and 3rd cycle)


A nomination should comprise a completed nomination form, [with a short motivation for the nomination (maximum 200 words),] the nominee's curriculum vitae, a biographical sketch that summarises the highlights of the nominee's career or achievements (3 pages maximum) and evidence of this achievement [(maximum 6 pages and/or portfolio panels)].

Please complete the form and send it, together with the supporting material (<8MB), to ECLAS Secretary General - Gabriela Maksymiuk by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reach her by 31 July 2016

Please download the form from