Professor Richard Stiles, TU Vienna
Richard Stiles studied and worked in design offices the UK and Germany and taught in the Department of Planning and Landscape at the University of Manchester before being appointed to the Chair of Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Vienna University of Technology in 1994. He was President of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools from 1999 until 2005. From 2002 until 2013 he led the European Union co-funded LE:NOTRE Thematic Network in Landscape Architecture involving some 150 universities in Europe and beyond, and was instrumental in the establishment of its follow-up organisation: the LE:NOTRE Institute. His main interest is in strategic approaches to the urban landscape and was involved in the INTERREG EU Project ‘UrbSpace’ for which he wrote the main publication, and has been part of Projects funded by the Austrian Climate Research Programme using urban landscape typologies to investigate the impacts of climate change. He is currently a member of the City of Vienna’s Expert Panel on Urban Planning and Design. He has received honorary degrees from Szent Istvan University in Hungary and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Prof. Dr. Karsten Jørgensen, NMBU Norway
Karsten Jørgensen is a professor at School of Landscape Architecture at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (www.nmbu.no) since 1993, and holds a Dr.Scient.-degree from NMBU from 1989. He was Founding Editor of JoLA – Journal of Landscape Architecture (www.jola-lab.eu) 2006 – 2015. He is Doctor Honoris Causa at the Latvian University of Agriculture. His teaching and research revolves around contemporary history of landscape architecture. He has been responsible for major research and development projects. Karsten Jørgensen has published regularly in national and international journals and books. In 2010 he authored together with Vilde Stabel the book Contemporary landscape architecture in Norway (Gyldendal Academic Press) In 2015 he edited the book Mainstreaming landscape through the European Landscape Convention (Routledge) with Morten Clemetsen, Anne-Karine Halvorsen Thoren and Tim Richardson. His most recent edited volume, Defining Landscape Democracy, edited with Shelley Egoz, Deni Ruggeri and Karsten Jørgensen, is published 2018 by Edward Elgar Publishing. Karsten Jørgensen is currently head of a new International MLA at NMBU with a focus on development studies.
Gunther Wetzel, German EIA Association
Gunther Wetzel has been a landscape planner and an environmental assessment expert for more than two decades. He studied geography, geology and botany at the University of Tübingen and soils science at the University of Hohenheim. Holding a Diploma in Geography (Tübingen 1996) his studies focused on landscape ecology, spatial and environmental planning. The foreign part of his academic education led him to the California State University Fresno where he delved into the topics of meteorology, hydrogeology and remote sensing. After working within a group of independent environmental planners, he’s been senior consultant and project manager at the independent planning and consulting company Planung+Umwelt, Prof. Dr. Michael Koch, Stuttgart (www.planung-umwelt.de). He mainly works in Germany but has professional experiences as well in China, Namibia, Macedonia and Croatia. Gunther Wetzel’s key qualifications are management and compilation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), preparation and management of landscape plans, green-plans and mitigation budgets on the communal planning level and of landscape envelope plans on project levels. He’s got professional experience in urban climatology (consultancy, publication, presentation), in moderation of scoping meetings and field trips and in lecturing (EIA, environmental supervision, GIS). Since 2004 Gunther Wetzel is the chairman of the federal section Baden-Württemberg of the German EIA Association / UVP-Gesellschaft e.V. (www.uvp.de).