Roland Gustavsson, 2016 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor

Roland Gustavsson is the 2016 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School. Hosted by the school’s Landscape Architecture Section, Gustavsson will be a keynote speaker in the section’s THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research symposium, and will teach in landscape architecture studios during his residency.

Gustavsson’s career in landscape architecture, as a researcher and teacher, began in Sweden in 1976. 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.

The Trott Distinguished Visiting Professorship Program brings internationally acclaimed architects, landscape architects, and planners to the Knowlton School each year. Trott Professors teach design studios, conduct seminars and lecture courses, and interact with faculty and students. Previous Trott Professors have included Michael Hays, Robert Somol, Jane Wolff, Dan Wood and Amale Andraos.