ECLAS Executive Committee

Name Country University
ECLAS President Germany Nürtingen-Geislingen University
 Ellen Fetzer holds a diploma and a doctoral degree in landscape planning from Kassel University, Germany. Since 2001 she has been working at the faculty for landscape architecture, environmental and urban planning in Nürtingen (Stuttgart area). She is primarily coordinating an international master degree in landscape architecture (IMLA). The second focus of her work is on computer-supported collaborative learning in the field of transnational education.
  Tim Waterman
ECLAS Vice President
 UK  Writtle School of Design
Tim Waterman is a landscape architect and theorist whose research explores the interconnections between food, taste, place, and democratic civil society. He is the author of Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture, now in its second edition and, with Ed Wall, Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design. He has co-edited two recent volumes from Routledge: Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays, with Ed Wall, and the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food with Joshua Zeunert. His writing has appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM). His brother is the prominent experimental musician, writer, and producer Alex Waterman.
Steven Goossens
Belgium Erasmus University College Brussels
Steven Goossens graduated in 1999 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He is part of the teaching staff of the department of Landscape Architecture since 2001 at Erasmus University College Brussels, Belgium. His areas of expertise are botany and design with a specialization in urban design that he also lectures on. He has been the Course Director of the 3 year bachelor programme on Landscape Architecture from 2012 in the same university college.

Steven co-founded Kubiekeruimte vzw in 2005.  Kubiekeruimte is a Belgian association creating a platform and a network for landscape architects and others who involved in shaping the public realm. Steven is also actively involved with the research centre “tuin+” or “garden+” (formally known Green+City) from 2010.

Gabriela Maksymiuk
General Secretary
Poland Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW
Gabriela Maksymiuk works as assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Horticulture, Biotechnology and Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW. She hold a master degree in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University and a master degree in Landscape Architecture from WULS – SGGW, where she also took her PhD degree (2008). She teaches and conducts research in the areas of spatial planning, environmental bases for spatial planning and landscape design and also landscape planning. Recently, she conducted research related to economic valuation of urban green areas. Since 2011 she is a member of ECLAS Executive Committee (first co-opted as organiser of ECLAS 2012 Conference in Warsaw and in 2012 voted as a full member).
  Alexandru Mexi Romania

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest

Alexandru Mexi is a Romanian landscape architect with a doctoral degree from the University of Bucharest. He is studying the history of European and Romanian public parks and he is working in the field of garden heritage protection, restoration and conservation. In his home country he is coordinating a cultural project dedicated to green heritage ( and he is engaged in different cultural and educational programs.
   Eszter Bakay  Hungary  Szent István University
Eszter Bakay is a practicing landscape architect (TECHNOCONSULT Ltd.) and associate professor at the Department of Garden and Open Space Design at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Szent István University in Hungary. She is the program manager of the english-taught Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design (MLA). Since January 2017 she is also Vice Dean of International Affairs. Her research field is late modern (post-war) landscape architecture in Central and Eastern Europe.
 Anaïs Leger-Smith  France Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Toulouse
Anaïs Leger-Smith is a Landscape Architect and Urbanist working as a lecturer and researcher at the Toulouse School of Architecture, France. She lectures in urban and landscape design, tutors in architectural studios and co-supervises PhD candidates. She has a Masters in Landscape Planning and Engineering from Agrocampus in Angers (France) where she undertook her PhD in Urban design & planning and holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris. She initially worked in design studios in Brussels, London, Bristol and New Zealand. She currently co-manages research projects in ecological landscape design, metropolitan landscapes and territories, participatory urbanism and landscape imaginaries. She is a permanent editor for the article section of the Journal of Landscape Architecture JoLA and a guest editor for the forthcoming book #6 Landscape Architecture Europe. She is the Vice-President of the French Federation for Landscape Architecture (FFP) in Occitanie and an Academic Member of the British Landscape Institute (AMLI).
Sandra Costa UK Birmingham City University

Sandra Costa holds a PhD in the field of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Perception and Wellbeing. She was trained as a landscape architect and urban planner and has diversified experience encompassing teaching, research and professional practice. She is currently lecturing and researching at the School of Architecture and Design of Birmingham City University (UK), and has previously lectured at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD, Portugal). Her research interests are associated with user-based perceptions, experiences and interactions with the environment and the production of ‘positive states of being’ through ‘enhanced spatial awareness’, using immersive walking and narratives. Sandra is also currently investigating the position and future of Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe (CITAB, UTAD, COST Action TU1201).

Fabio Di Carlo Italy University of studies of Rome “La Sapienza”
Fabio Di Carlo is architect and PhD in Environmental Design. He is professor of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Design (DiAP) at Sapienza. He teaches in the Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture and the Postgraduate School in Natural and Territorial Patrimony. He is also a member of the teaching board of the PhD programme in Landscape and Environment and research reviewer for the Italian Ministry of Education since 2006. His main interests are the theory and innovation in Landscape Architecture project, in urban and peri-urban contexts, both in practice and in research and teaching.
   Thomas Oles  Sweden  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
 Thomas Oles was born and raised in Massachusetts, USA. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and later the University of Washington, where he earned degrees in both comparative literature and landscape architecture. In 2001-2002 he studied landscape architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Danish Agricultural and Veterinary University, now part of the University of Copenhagen. He worked as a landscape architect in New York and Boston before entering the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received his doctorate in 2008.
Anders Larsson Sweden Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU(Alnarp)
 Anders Larsson (Dr) works as researcher and teacher at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, SLU Alnarp. His main field of interest is within comprehensive planning and planning processes, especially regarding the interconnectivity between rural and urban landscapes. At the moment, safekeeping of productive agricultural land and alternatives to urban sprawl is a central topic in his work. Anders is a member of various Swedish organizations, such as e.g. the Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA), and has frequent tasks outside the university, e.g. collaborative projects with the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Anders has also worked with green structure and EIA-issues, both in research in practice, e.g. at the Swedish Road Administration Consultancy Agency (Vägverket Konsult). International cooperation is an obvious part of the work, such as being a member of the Executive Committee of ECLAS (European Council of Landscape Architect Schools).
   Sophia Meeres  Ireland  University College Dublin
  On completing a degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University College London (UCL) I joined an engineering consultancy in London (Harris & Sutherland) where I worked for several years before studying Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh. Having obtained a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA), I worked with several multi-disciplinary design practices (SOM, Fosters, and BDP) in London before setting up my own consultancy in France where, for 10 years, I worked on a variety of different types of project, focused mostly on planning, designing and containing the growth of small towns on the Cote d’Azur, in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes. My work also focused on agricultural lands, practices and traditions, and on public participation in planning.
ECLAS Conference 2021 Online
Stop-and-Think renewed conference call for ECLAS online 2021. Deadline: February 1, 2021