vroomMeto Vroom

Over many decades Meto Vroom has made an exceptional contribution to the goals of the NVTL. As professor of landscape architecture at Wageningen University from 1966 to 1994 he substantially improved the quality of teaching and research, which in turn had a major impact on advancing professional practice and raising the status of garden and landscape architects. His interdisciplinary scientific approach and broad vision on collaboration with the other spatial planning and design professions laid the foundations for the successful part played by landscape architecture in urban and rural planning.

But the impacts of his work for the Association are much wider. For many years, Meto Vroom worked tirelessly to foster and maintain the international dimensions of the teaching and practice of landscape architecture. From 1978 to 1982 he represented the NVTL as chair of the Committee on Research of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), from 1980 to 1998 he was a member of the Education Committee of the European Federation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA), and from 1993 to 1998 he was chairman of the Visiting Panel of the EFLA Education Committee, which visits educational institutions in Europe and advises them on the level and content of landscape architecture programmes. His constant interest in the international aspects of education and research made him a pioneer of the current internationalisation of the profession.

Finally, we should mention the pivotal role he played in initiating and compiling the book Outdoor Space: Environments Designed by Dutch Landscape Architects in the Period Since 1945, published in 1992. This book is considered to be one of the standard works on Dutch landscape architecture, and it would not have been possible without the efforts of Meto Vroom.

In appointing Meto Vroom as an honorary member of NVTL, the Association gratefully acknowledges the exceptional contributions he has made towards achieving its goals.