Peter
Veenstra

Founding Partner & Senior Landscape Architect

Partner and co-founder LOLA Landscape Architects, senior landscape architect. Peter leads many competition projects and design researches within the company and is active as a guest lecturer. In design projects he strives to turn innovative ideas into simple achievable designs.

The designs question the relationship between nature, man and technique. Sensory experiences of light and sound and the sense of orientation are being used to create an experience. Freedom in movement and use is always the starting point, in both metropolitan environments as open nature. Examples are the design for Marstallplatz in Hannover, Naturalispark in Leiden and Star Maze park in Tytsjerk and the installation Composed Nature in Dordrecht and Neerpelt. In 2013 he received the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects. On the occasion he co-wrote with Cees van der Veeken and Eric-Jan Pleijster the monograph on LOLA titled ‘Lost Landscapes’.

Education

  • 1997/2005 Landscape architecture and planning, specialization Landscape architecture, Wageningen University & Research Centre

Professional experience

  • 2016 Definitive design Oude Dokken Gent, BE
  • 2018 Jury Member Goude Piramide
  • 2018 Guest speaker, Design Indaba, Cape Town
  • 2016 Jury member, Europan
  • 2016 Definitive design pedestrian bridge across the Dender, BE
  • 2015 Region-advisor Groningen-Assen
  • 2015 Jury member Europan 2015, NL
  • 2015 Jury member BNA “Building of the Year 2015”
  • 2015 Visiting professor, Academie voor Bouwkunst, Amsterdam
  • 2014 Supervisor Singelpark Leiden
  • 2014 TOPOS landscape award
  • 2014 Chairman Agency commission Nederlandse Vereniging voor Tuin- en Landschapsarchitectuur
  • 2013 Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects
  • 2012 I-team, Hof van Midden-Delfland
  • 2011 Speaker Architecture lecture de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
  • 2011 Visiting professor, leerstoelgroep landschapsarchitectuur, Wageningen UR
  • 2010 Member Program council, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Tuin- en Landschapsarchitectuur
  • 2010 Visiting professor, leerstoelgroep stedenbouw, TU Delft,
  • 2008 Visiting Professor, Academy for Architecture, Groningen
  • 2006 Cofounder and partner, Lola Landscape architects, Rotterdam
  • 2004/05 Independent landscape architect
  • 2003/04 Landscape designer Veenenbos en Bosch, Arnhem

Projects (selection)

  • 2020 / … Redevelopment and landscape design Shenzhen Bay, Shenzhen, CN (1st prize)
  • 2019 / … Landscape Design Qianhai Public Places, Shenzhen, CN (1st Prize)
  • 2019 / … Masterplan Al Makthoum International Airport, Dubai, UAE
  • 2018 /… Design competition, Forest & Sports Park, Guangdong, Shenzhen, CN (1st prize)
  • 2018 /… Landscape design, route, Beekdaelen, Limburg, NL
  • 2018 /… Landscape design, route, Leisure Lane, Limburg, NL
  • 2018 Temporary Pavilion, Dome of Plants, Cape Town, SA
  • 2017 Landscape design, Gasklockan residence, Stockholm, SE (in collaboration with Piet Oudolf)
  • 2017 Landscape design, Castle Etzenrade, NL
  • 2017 Masterplan, Erembodegem, Aalst, BE
  • 2017 Masterplan, Torhout, BE
  • 2017 Guideline, Groningen city center, NL
  • 2017 Park design, Sendero Bogota, CL
  • 2017 Outdoor space design, Casino Venlo, NL
  • 2017 Design Contest, Bandirma Park, TR (shortlist)
  • 2015 Adidas Campus, landscape design, Herzogenaurach(DE)
  • 2015 International Park, park design, The Hague
  • 2015 Ankerpark Leiden, landscape design, Leiden
  • 2015 Hof van Heeckeren Zutphen, garden design, Zutphen
  • 2014 Metropolitan Landscapes Brussels, design research, Brussels (BE)
  • 2014 Sportpark Genk, landscape design, Genk (BE)
  • 2014 Sokolniki Park, design competition, Moscow (RU)
  • 2014 Quarry Park Be’er Sheva Israel, Vision for a desert Park, Be’er Sheva (IL)
  • 2014 Health Park, masterplan public space, Dordrecht
  • 2014 Leeuwenhoekpark, landscape design, Leiden
  • 2013 Star Maze, park extension Groot Vijversburg, landscape design, Tytsjerk
  • 2013 Singelpark Leiden, landscape design and design rules, Leiden
  • 2012 Competition Singelpark Full Cirkel, Leiden (1st prize)

Publications

  • 2014 De Canvasconnectie, Canvas 6 april 2014
  • 2014 Natuurlijk Extremisme, Jaarboek De architect 2014
  • 2014 De Kliekjes op de Kaart, Bob Witman, Volkskrant
  • 2013 We willen allemaal groen zijn, Tracy Metz, NRC
  • 2013 Lost Landscapes, monografie LOLA landscape architects
  • 2012 Interview, Scape Magazine
  • 2011 Iedere Stad Een Eigen High Line, Archined
  • 2011 Tegengif voor de stad, NRC handelsblad
  • 2010 Trains, cars and trees, ISEA2010 RUHR conference proceedings
  • 2009 Gouden Gids van mooi Nederland, Archined
  • 2009 Modder als voorland, Blauwe Kamer magazine
  • 2009 Platform, Architectuur.nl magazine
  • 2009 Hoogspanningsparken, Archined magazine
  • 2008 Stop de Groene verrommeling! Blauwe Kamer magazineExhibitions

  • 2012 Composed Nature, Klankenbos, Neerpelt
  • 2012 900 km Nile city, ABR
  • 2008 Tuned City: between sound and space speculation, Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 Amsterdam Airport City, Virtual Museum Zuidas, Amsterdam

News with Peter Veenstra

Introducing History in Etzenrade Castle

Our project in Etzenrade, Etzenrade Castle is nearing completion. We're giving visitors a real insight into the history and research of the Etzenrade Castle history by uncovering underground artefacts.… More

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