Founding Partner & Senior Landscape Architect

Eric-Jan Pleijster (1977) is a senior Landscape Architect and the co-founder of LOLA Landscape Architects. He graduated cum laude in landscape architecture at Wageningen University (2003). Eric-Jan believes in the use of natural processes to optimize landscapes and to create unexpected and memorable experiences.

Examples of projects are the designs for the natural recovery and recreational use of Dutch large waters Grevelingen and Haringvliet and the design of natural corridor Park Poelzone Urban projects include the development of Feyenoord city in Rotterdam and the redevelopment of the former prison Bijlmerbajes into Bajes Kwartier, a sustainable housing area in Amsterdam.

Together with LOLA, Eric-Jan has written the bestseller Dutch Dikes (5 book awards), the City Edge Atlas South-Holland and the award-winning monograph ‘Lost Landscapes’. He won two Eo Wijers Awards, Europan8 in Portugal and the Delta Water Award. In 2013 he received the Rotterdam Maaskant Award for Young Architects. In 2014 LOLA received the TOPOS Landscape Award. In 2017 he was chosen ‘High Potential’ by PropertyNL. Eric-Jan is active as both guest speaker and visiting professor at congresses, workshops and design studios.

  • 97/03 Landscape architecture and planning, specialization landscape architecture, Wageningen Unversity, NL (with honours)
Professional experience (selection)
  • 2019 Member Platform Ruimtelijk Ontwerp Rotterdam
  • 2019 Member Rotterdamse Dakenclub
  • 2018 Member Community of Best Practice Natuurinclusief Bouwen
  • 2015-18 Member Advisory Board Spatial Development, Province of Noord-Holland, NL
  • 2015-16 Member Advisory Board Dikes, Waterboard Rivierenland, NL
  • 2006- Co-founder and partner LOLA Landscape Architects, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2003-05 Landscape architect, Vista landscape and urban design, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2017 High Potential 2017, Property NL
  • 2016 Rene Pechere Award 2015, Dutch Dikes
  • 2015 DAM Architectural Book Award 2014, and Yellow Pencil Award D&AD 2015, Dutch Dikes
  • 2015 Best Verzorgde Boek 2014, and Honourable Mention Gouden Tulp 2015, Dutch Dikes
  • 2014 TOPOS Landscape Award 2014, Topos Magazine, Lausanne
  • 2014 DAM Architectural Book Award 2014, Lost Landscapes, DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum
  • 2013 Rotterdam Jonge Maaskantprijs 2014, Maaskant Stichting, Rotterdam
Projects (selection)
  • 2020 Masterplan Urban Forest Almere, gemeente Almere, NL
  • 2020 Preliminary Design Bajes Kwartier, Amsterdam, AM wonen, NL
  • 2019 Design research Plan B Netherlands 2200, NL
  • 2019 Preliminary Design Stadhuispromenade, gemeente Almere, NL
  • 2018 Schematic Design Stadhuispromenade, gemeente Almere, NL
  • 2018 Schematic Design Werkplaats Lelystad, NS, NL
  • 2018 Spatial research De Energetische Delta, Zuid-Holland, Provincie Zuid-Holland, NL
  • 2018 Preliminary Design concourse Feyenoord City, Rotterdam, Feyenoord, NL
  • 2018 Masterplan Feyenoord City, Rotterdam, Feyenoord, NL
  • 2018 Development Tender Oostenburg Kavel 3, Amsterdam, Vorm (1st prize)
  • 2018 Spatial research The Future of False Creek, Vancouver, City of Vancouver, CA
  • 2018 Masterplan Bajes Kwartier, Amsterdam, AM wonen, NL
  • 2018-20 Schematic Design, Preliminary Design en Definitive Design Hogekampplein, Universiteit Twente
  • 2017 Aesthetic Program of Demands, Overnight port, Spijk, NL
  • 2017 Design, The Green Cape, i.c.w. Stebru Ontwikkeling, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2017 Publication, Projects 2018 (the second dike book), Delta Plan Water Safety, NPN printers, NL
  • 2016 Dikes as Dutch Design, Bureau Europa, Maastricht 2016, NL
  • 2016 Strategic masterplans Wadi Gaza, Khuza’a, As Shoka, UN-Habitat, Gaza, PS
  • 2016 Preliminary design, beach Haringvliet, Stellendam, NL
  • 2016 Exhibition, Solana Ulcinj, Montenegro pavilion, Architecture Biennale Venice 2016, IT
  • 2016 Design research, Solana Ulcinj, ME
  • 2016 Preliminary design, beach Hellegat, Hellevoetsluis, NL
  • 2016 Design research, Achterwaterschap, Alblasserwaard, NL
  • 2015 Design research, The Adaptive Dike, NL
  • 2015/16 Design research, Metropolitan Foodscapes, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2015 Preliminary design, Food garden, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2015 Design research, Energy Neutral Region, West-Brabant, NL
  • 2015 Sketch design, Food garden, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2015 Ambition document, International Park, The Hague, NL
  • 2014 Definitive design, De Groene Schakel, Municipality of Westland, NL
  • 2013 Definitive design, Poelzone Noord, Municipality of Westland, NL
  • 2013 Competition, United Natures, Bonn, DE (honourable mention)
  • 2013 Spatial research, Zukunft Metropole Ruhr, Ruhr Evolution, DE (i.c.w. Maxwan)
  • 2014 Publication, Dutch Dikes, RCE, Deltares, nHWBP, nai010, NL
  • 2012 Research, Dutch Dikes, RCE, Deltares, nHWBP, nai010, NL
  • 2012 Design competition, Singelpark Full Cirkel, Municipality of Leiden, NL (1st prize)
  • 2012 Development plan, Swaneblake and Hitserse Kade, Municipality of Korendijk, NL
  • 2012 Design Research, Recreational Network Haringvliet, Nature and recreation Haringvliet, NL
  • 2012 Design Research, Regional Bio-Farming, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, NL
  • 2012 Masterplan, Natuurstrook Het Nieuwe Water, Naaldwijk, NL
  • 2011 Research and publication, Stadsrandenatlas van de Zuidvleugel, Zuid-Holland, NL
  • 2010 Development plan, landscape, recreation and tourism Grevelingen, MIRT Grevelingen, NL
  • 2010 Sketch design plan, Grevelingendam, GZ-H, NL
  • 2009/10 Research, Atlas agricultural development areas, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, NL
  • 2009 Competition, New York 5, OpenFort400, Amsterdam, NL (1st prize)
  • 2009 Competition, Van Meer naar Delta, Delta Water Awards, NL (1st prize)
  • 2009 Competition, Overhoeksche Waard, Eo Wijers prijsvraag, Deltapoort, NL (2nd prize)

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