Roland Gustavsson / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
April 2, 2016 - 10:00am

Roland Gustavsson will lecture as part of the symposium,THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research, being hosted by the Landscape Architecture Section at the Knowlton School on 1-2 April, 2016. Gustavsson's lecture will either take place on Saturday, April 2  in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 10 a.m. The lecture will be free and open to the public, though attendees to the symposium must RSVP.

Roland Gustavsson is the Spring 2016 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School. In 1976, Gustavsson completed his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and immediately took up a research and teaching position. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1987, as only the second landscape architect in Sweden with a doctorate, his ambition was to pioneer a bridge between academia and practice through a position at the university. In 1994 he was appointed Professor in Planting Design and Landscape Management at the Department of Landscape Planning at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Gustavsson has dedicated his teaching, practice and research and their integration with studies in vegetation as an ecological, spatial and social structure. His work has informed and investigated vegetation as a tool for landscape architecture; green infrastructure and planting design; landscape laboratories as a Scandinavian and European concept; landscape dynamics; biotope design and construction; urban forestry and greening, and people’s involvement in their home landscape.

His pedagogical work has developed and emphasized time studies, outdoor learning, action-oriented and place-contextual projects, the use of ‘Shared Reference Landscapes’ and the use of ‘slow learning’ in academic contexts.

He is a member of the European network group Periscapes, employing the ‘landscape ambassador’ approach based on Real Life Studios stressing communicative approaches and the meeting of different landscape competences and cultures of Europe. His articles have been published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Forest Policy and Economics and Landscape Ecology, among others.