ADRIAAN GEUZE RECEIVES THE IFLA SIR GEOFFREY JELLICOE AWARD 2022
The NVTL is super proud of honorary member Adriaan Geuze. International recognition for the great efforts and achievements for this “world landscape architect”. Congratulations Adriaan and thank you for your great international significance for the Dutch professional community.
THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS (IFLA) ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE PREMIER WORLDWIDE AWARD IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Landscape Architect Adriaan Geuze from the Netherlands is the 2022 recipient of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
THE IFLA – SIR GEOFFREY JELLICOE AWARD 2022
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which represents the worldwide profession of landscape architecture, proudly announces that Adriaan Geuze is the winner of the 2022 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award in Landscape Architecture, the preeminent award for landscape architects and the highest honor IFLA can bestow. The jury unanimously agreed that “Adriaan Geuze is one of the most significant landscape architects in the world today.” Through the broad range of built projects worldwide, his firm’s works have achieved a balance of concept and practice that have changed the relationship between cities, nature, and people, and creatively transformed the relationship between urban life and urban ecology. Adriaan Geuze’s outstanding contributions to the promotion of the profession in conceptual and practical respects represent the best values of the IFLA world community.
Adriaan Geuze is the founder and director of West 8, which focuses on landscape architecture, urban design, and infrastructure projects. Under Geuze’s leadership, West 8 has completed more than two hundred projects, in over 60 countries spanning four continents. It has created innovative designs based on a critical approach to landscape architecture, planning, and innovation in the public realm, which have inspired many designers from different disciplines. Geuze has stretched the boundaries of landscape architecture. From an academic perspective, Geuze has made important contributions to the education of generations of landscape architects in courses taught across the world. Beyond his professional and academic accomplishments, Geuze also takes prominent and active positions within societal debates on landscape and design. All of these contribute to making Geuze one of the foremost and most inspiring landscape architects worldwide.
Adriaan Geuze has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Agricultural University of Wageningen. He is a registered landscape architect with the Dutch Architect’s register and an Honorary Member of the Dutch Association for Garden and Landscape Architecture (NVTL). Geuze is also an international member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Registered with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) in Canada.
West 8, which Geuze leads describes its design philosophy as:
““The philosophy of West 8 is deeply rooted in a systemic approach to life sciences compared to narrative: engineer meets poet. This 21st century approach allows West 8 to interweave function, engineering, sustainability, symbolism, expression and both the vulnerability and the euphoria of mass culture. Landscape, infrastructure, nature, and historical legacy coalesce to form vital constituents of our cities. Across all of West 8’s work, the analysis of the unseen logics – ecology, infrastructure, water and soil conditions, building programs and people – has enabled the designs to be at the forefront of sustainability, ecological sensitivity and resiliency. All these designs breath timelessness, local culture and the desire to occupy, play and explore. Public Space, has become a dominant subject for the field of Landscape Architecture profession, and today demands a proactive attitude: to engineer softscape and shade against the hardscape; to speak out for the public and free spaces against the commercialisation of the urban realm; to veto against traffic dominated streetscapes and to campaign for pedestrian-friendly cities in their place and, above all, create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all user groups to engage.””.
The jury, composed of a member from each of the five IFLA regions worldwide and a guest member, felt that Adriaan Geuze richly deserves the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award for 2022.
“Adriaan Geuze represents the best values of the IFLA world community. His outstanding contributions to the promotion of the profession in conceptual and practical terms as well as his trajectory and extensive work covering different scales and typologies have inspired countless students, teachers, and practitioners worldwide. In recognition of these accomplishments we proudly honour Adriaan Geuze with this year’s Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.”
The IFLA President, James Hayter, will announce the award winner during the 58th IFLA World Congress in Gwangju, Korea between August 31–September 2, 2022. The award will be presented during an Award Ceremony on 31 August 2022. Adriaan Geuze will present a lecture as part of this ceremony. There will also be a press conference with Adriaan Geuze and the IFLA President. The announcement will be live-streamed on www.ifla.org.
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award was launched in 2004 on a quadrennial basis but since 2011 it has been bestowed annually. Its inaugural recipient was Peter Walker (USA) in 2005. Since then, the previous winners are:
2021 Jala Makhzoumi (Iraq)
2020 Kongjian Yu (China)
2019 Kathryn Gustafson (USA)
2018 Anne Whiston Spirn (USA)
2017 Dirk Sijmons (The Netherlands)
2016 Peter Latz (Germany)
2015 Mario Schjetnan (Mexico)
2014 Sun Xiao Xiang (China)
2013 Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles (Portugal))
2012 Mihály Möcsényi (Hungary)
2011 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (Canada)
2009 Bernard Lassus (France)
2005 Peter Walker (USA)
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1910–1996), IFLA President of Honour, served IFLA as its founding President from 1948–54. Jellicoe was also a founding member and later President of the Institute of Landscape Architects (now the Landscape Institute) and was knighted for services to Landscape Architecture in 1979. In 1994, Jellicoe was given the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honour.
The Jellicoe Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment, and the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.
The 2022 SGJA International Jury was chaired by Diana Wiesner (Colombia) and included: Claudia Oñate, Americas, 2022; Fritz Auweck, Europe; Behdad Alizadeh, Middle East; Yoshiki Mishima, Asia-Pacific Region; Mark Saint Pôl, Africa, and; Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects, who was the guest member of the jury.
The Secretariat for the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, which oversees all aspects of the award, includes Peter Zöch and Reem Alissa and is directed by Gareth Doherty.