Kati Outinen

Kati Outinen is an award-winning actress who has made a wide international career. She will talk aboutthe courage to do artictic work by listening to and presenting one’s own vision 

Michael Jakob

Professor Michael Jakob teaches History and Theory of Landscape at hepia, Geneva, and aesthetics of design at HEAD, Geneva. He is a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano and the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. He is, at the same time, Professor of Comparative Literature (Chair) at Grenoble University. His lecture focuses on understanding beauty. 

Signe Nielsen

Landscape architect Signe Nielsen from USA is a Founding Principal of MNLA and a professor of urban design and landscape architecture at Pratt Institute. She has been practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. In her presentation she will talk about the Little Island project that is a dramatic 2.4-acre public park in the Hudson River, NY, that brings together art and nature in an immersive experience. 

Ronald Rietveld

Visual artist and landscape architect Ronald Rietveld from Netherlands will talk about the overall bold approach of design work in the RAAAF collective that operates at the crossroads of visual art, (landscape) architecture and academic philosophy. Ronald will also present the Ithaka project, a natural pool in Almere. 

Jenny Osuldsen

Landscape architect Jenny Osuldsen is partner in Snøhetta and Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Life Science at Ås, Norway. Jenny will discuss her design philosophy and how boldness and beauty can be addressed in project work. 

Malin Blomqvist

Landscape architect Malin Blomqvist is a partner in Masu Planning operating both in Denmark and Finland. Malin will discuss under the theme “Bold Site” a museum garden of HC Andersen House of Fairytales. 

Hanna Hannula & Daniela Rosqvist

Landscape architects Hanna Hannula & Daniela Rosqvist will present under the theme “Bold opening” their project “One planet’s visions” that seeks for solutios to the ecological crisis and aims to form visions of a truly sustainable society. 

Eetu Mykkänen

Landscape architect Eetu Mykkänen tells about his diploma thesis ” Place of identity – what identity means and why that matters to a landscape architect” under the theme “Bold student”. 

Laura Yli-Jama

Landscape architect Laura Yli-Jama tells about her work, how she can make an impact and what inspires her under the theme “Bold mandator” 

Aada Taipale

Landscape architect Aada Taipale tells about her work, how she can make an impact and and what inspires her under the theme “Bold teacher” 

Signe Nielsen, FASLA

Principal MNLA (Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.)

Signe Nielsen has been practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her body of work has renewed the environmental integrity and transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work and play in the urban realm.

Ms. Nielsen believes in using design as a vehicle for advocacy to promote discourse on social equity and community resilience and has served on multiple panels to effect positive change. A Fellow of the ASLA, she is the recipient of over 100 national and local design awards for public open space projects and is published extensively in national and international publications.

Ms Nielsen is a Professor at Pratt Institute in both the Graduate School of Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture program and is the former President for the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Born in Paris, Ms. Nielsen holds degrees in Urban Planning from Smith College; in Landscape Architecture from City College of New York; and in Construction Management from Pratt Institute.

Michael Jakob

Michael Jakob teaches theory and history of landscape at hepia (Geneva), the Politecnico in Milan and at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. He is at the same time chair of comparative literature at the university Grenoble Alpes.

He is the founder and editor of the international journal COMPAR(A)ISON and of the «di monte in monte» book series published by Tarara’ in Verbania.

These are some of his most recent publications: MētisPresses, Geneva 2019 ; Paysage et technologie, b2 éditions, Paris 2019 ; L’architettura del paesaggio, USI/ Silvana Editore, Milan 2020; La fausse montagne, MētisPresses, Geneva 2021.

He has curated for Pro Helvetia the worldwide exhibition « the swiss touch in landscape architecture ». Other exhibitions curated by him are: « Immaginare il giardino » (Verbania, Museo del Paesaggio), « Des jardins & des livres » (Fondation Martin Bodmer, Geneva), « Into the Mountains » (GSD, Harvard University) and “La fabrique de Dante” (Bodmer Foundation, 2021-2022).

Stay tuned for the rest of the spokesperson announcements!