Frans Boots (1965) was appointed president of the NVTL in June 2012. He succeeded Arda van Helsdingen, who headed the Association for the previous three years. Frans has been at Bureau B+B Urbanism and Landscape Architecture in Amsterdam for sixteen years, the last three years as part of the management team. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the practice and supervises projects for public space, green landscaping and urban design. He is also a guest lecturer at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Since 2014 Frans has established his own office.
Frans had this to say about his appointment in the August 2012 issue of the Dutch landscape journal Blauwe Kamer:
'I think it is important that the board members vigorously represent our profession and, particularly in the current climate, look to exploit opportunities. As a member of an association of volunteers, at some point you should put yourself forward and make the commitment. I take up my post with drive and energy. We must keep each other on our toes, but most important of all we must create the conditions for constructive and fruitful cooperation.
I want to continue with many of the policies currently being pursued by the Board, such as closer cooperation with the BNA, BNSP and BNI, making our member services more professional and raising the profile of landscape architecture and the Association, for one thing by increasing our presence in government circles. In a country where space is scarce, good spatial development policies are essential and landscape architects have a valuable role to play in developing such policies, but too little use is made of our expertise. Many people involved in the development and implementation of spatial policies, for example in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, may not even know exactly what landscape architects do.
I want to work with the government advisor on landscape and water, Eric Luiten, on improving the perception of landscape architects within government. By putting forward convincing, substantive arguments and demonstrating the expertise and creativity of our landscape architects we want to exert greater influence on policy making. For example, I would love to put forward ideas on how our profession can contribute to the government’s policy for top economic sectors. My style is to focus on opportunities, not only in the Netherlands, but especially in other countries. With our expertise, creativity and design tradition based on landscape science we have a great deal to offer internationally. Landscape architecture has become an important export product'.