Eric-Jan Pleijster

Landscape architect and partner in LOLA landscape architects

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Partner and co-founder LOLA Landscape Architects, senior Landscape architect. Eric-Jan Pleijster graduated cum laude in landscape architecture from Wageningen University. Together with LOLA, he made designs for the natural recovery and recreational use of the Netherlands’ south-west delta area, including the Grevelingen, the Volkerak and the Haringvliet. He wrote Dutch Dikes and coordinated the book’s research and production. Eric-Jan is a specialist in landscape design and he brings imagination and passion into the research and design of complex spatial issues. With two award-winning Eo Wijers-submissions and the Delta Water Award, Eric-Jan shows that on this scale, concrete design of landscape, infrastructure and ecology can give a new dimension to spatial planning. He has wide experience with creative and interactive design processes. His approach is result- oriented and he knows how to monitor the main topic in broad partnerships. Eric-Jan is active as a guest speaker and visiting professor at workshops and design studios. In 2013 he received the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects. On the occasion he co-wrote with Peter Veenstra and Eric-Jan Pleijster the award-winning monograph on LOLA titled ‘Lost Landscapes’.

1997/2003 landscape architecture and planning, specialization Landscape architecture, Wageningen University & Research Centre, cum laude

Professional experience
2015-2016 Member Advisory Board Ruimtelijke Ontwikkeling, Province of Noord-Holland
2015-2016 Member Advisory Board Dijkinspiratietafel, Waterboard Rivierenland
2013 Visiting Professor Landscape Architecture Design Studio 2, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
2012 Jury member Archiprix 2012
2011 Visiting Professor Winterworkshop, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
2007-2009 Visiting Professor Landscape Architecture Design Studion 1, Wageningen University
2006-present Co-founder and partner LOLA landscape architects, Rotterdam
2003-2005 Landscape architect Vista landscape and urban design, Amsterdam

Awards and Design Competitions
2016 Dutch Dikes, Rene Pechere Award 2015
2015 International Park The Hague (1st prize closed competition)
2015 Adidas World Campus (1st prize closed competition)
2015 Dutch Dikes, Best Verzorgde Boek 2014
2015 Dutch Dikes, Yellow Pencil Award D&AD 2015
2015 Dutch Dikes, Honourable Mention Gouden Tulp 2015
2014 Dutch Dikes DAM Architectural Book Award 2014
2014 TOPOS Landscape Award 2014, Topos Magazine, Lausanne
2014 Sokolniki Park Moskow, International design competition (3rd prize)
2014 Gallipoli Memorial Turkije, design competition (2nd prize)
2014 Lost Landscapes DAM, Architectural Book Award 2014
2013 Rotterdam Maaskant Award for Young Architects
2013 United Natures, UN Campus design competition, Bonn, DE (honorable mention)
2012 Singelpark Full Cirkel, Gemeente Leiden (1st prize closed competition)
2012 Ecological Energy Network, NAI Green Architecture Competition (1st prize)
2011 Star Maze, park extension Groot Vijversburg (1st prijs)
2011 MoMuT, Cultural Complex Tirana, AL (shortlist)
2010 Marstallplatz, Hannover Inner City 2020+, DE (1st prize)
2010 Bright minds, big city, University Campus Magdeburg, DE (honorable mention)
2009 Delta Water Award, Van Meer naar Delta, Grevelingen en Volkerak (1st prize)
2009 New York 5, OpenFort400 Amsterdam (1st prize)
2009 Skoolbike, Dordrecht (2nd prize)
2009 Golden Years, toekomstvisie Keijenborg (3rd prijs)
2009 Overhoeksche Waard - Eo Wijers prijsvraag, Deltapoort (2nd prijs)
2008 Naturalispark, Leiden (1st prize)
2006 Strandpaviljoen, Maak! 2.0, Rotterdam (2nd prize)
2006 Nature is my Neighbour! - Europan 8, (PT) (1st prize)
2006 Frutas Del Mar-XV Quito Pan-American Biennale of Architecture (EC)(2nd prize)

2016 Strategic masterplans Wadi Gaza, Khuza’a, As Shoka, UN-Habitat, Gaza, Palestina, (PSE)
2016 Redevelopment plan Expostrand Haringvliet, Stellendam (NL)
2016 Design research Zoutwinvlakte Solana Ulcinj, Montenegro (MNE)
2016 Redevelopment plan Strand Hellegat, Hellevoetsluis (NL)
2016 Design research Achterwaterschap, Alblasserwaard (NL)
2015 Design research De Adaptieve Dijk (NL)
2015-2016 Design research Metropolitan Foodscapes, Rotterdam (NL)
2015 Preliminary design Voedseltuin, Rotterdam
2015 Design research Energy Neutral Region, Regio West-Brabant
2015 Ambition document International Park, Den Haag
2014 Definitive design De Groene Schakel, Municipality Westland
2014 Publication Dutch Dikes, RCE, Deltares, nHWBP, nai010
2013 Definitive design Poelzone Noord, Gemeente Westland
2013 Competition United Natures, Bonn (honourable mention)
2013 Spatial research Zukunft Metropole Ruhr, Ruhr Evolution, DE (with Maxwan)
2013 Design competition United Natures, Bonn (honourable mention)
2012 Research Dijken van Nederland, RCE, Deltares, nHWBP, nai010
2012 Design competition Singelpark Full Cirkel, Gemeente Leiden (1e Prijs)
2012 Development plan Swaneblake and Hitserse Kade, Gemeente Korendijk
2012 Sketch design Recreatief Netwerk Haringvliet, Natuur- en Recreatieschap Haringvliet
2011 Research Landbouwontwikkelingsgebied Gelderse Vallei, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester
2011 Masterplan Natuurstrook Het Nieuwe Water, Naaldwijk
2011 Design Research Stedenbouw Kleine Kavels Cool, Rotterdam
2011 Design Research Inpassing Horeca Noord-Aa, Gemeente Zoetermeer
2011 Research Stadsrandenatlas van de Zuidvleugel, Zuid-Holland
2010 Development plan landschap, recreatie en toerisme Grevelingen, MIRT Grevelingen
2010 Sketch design Plan Grevelingendam, GZ-H
2010 Sketch design Meijerijbaanbrug, Tilburg
2009 Research Atlas Landbouw Ontwikkelingsgebieden, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester
2009 Competition New York 5, OpenFort400 Amsterdam (1st prize)
2009 Delta Water Award, the Netherlands, winner
2008 Eo Wijers Competition 2008, the Netherlands, second prize
2004 International Archiprix, Turkey, nominee
2002 6th Eo Wijers Competition, the Netherlands, winner

2016 Projecten ’17, Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma
2016 Stadsnatuurkaart van Rotterdam, Vereniging Deltametropool
2015 De Nieuwe Stadsnatuurkaart van Rotterdam, Vereniging Deltametropool
2014 Natuurlijker, toegankelijker, meer keuzevrijheid: het park van de 21e eeuw, Archined
2014 Dutch Dikes / Dijken van Nederland, Nai010-uitgevers
2014 Natuurlijk Extremisme, Jaarboek De architect 2014
2013 Lost Landscapes, monography LOLA landscape architects
2012 Iedere Stad Een Eigen High Line, Archined
2011 Stadsrandenatlas van de Zuidvleugel, Province of Zuid-Holland
2010 Heavy Relic, Laag Water Zeeland
2009 Gouden Gids van mooi Nederland, Archined
2009 Modder als voorland, Blauwe Kamer magazine
2009 Parken onder spanning, Archined magazine
2002 Blik op de weg, Rooilijn magazine

2016 Dikes as Dutch Design, Bureau Europa, Maastricht 2016 (NL)
2016 The Pyramid Of Species, Montenegro, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (IT)
2014 Mansholt, Landschap In Perspectief, Bureau Europa en Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL)
2010 Dutch Design Talent 2006-2010, Centraal Museum Utrecht
2010 Heavy Relic, Expositie Laag Water Zeeland, Middelburg
2008 La Luna Pena, Tent, Rotterdam. In collaboration with Stereo Architects
2007 Amsterdam Airport City, Virtual Museum Zuidas, Amsterdam
2006 Frutas del Mar, XV Pan-American Biennale of Architecture, Quito, (EC)

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