VU University Amsterdam
Imke van Hellemondt is an Articles editor for JoLA. She is a researcher and lecturer in Architecture History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Research Institute for the Heritage and History of the Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment).
Her research focuses on nature-culture relationships in Dutch landscape design since the nineteenth century, for instance ‘Designing Complete Living Environments: Landscape in Dutch Expansion Districts in the 1950s and 1960s’, Landscape Research, published online 11 March 2021. Her current topic of interest is the theory, ideology, politics and practice of ecology in landscape design from the 1950s to the 1970s, a follow-up research of her PhD thesis, De paradijsmethode (The Paradise Method, 2016).
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Burcu Yigit Turan is an Articles editor for JoLA. She is a senior lecturer in the subject area of ‘planning in cultural environments’ at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Landscape Architecture Division, Uppsala. Her works have generated at the intersections of landscape architecture, urbanism and critical social theory and cultural studies, and focused on reproduction of social inequality in spatial planning and design. Her recent works delineate the role of public space and landscape production in urban bordering, (neo)colonial urbanism, racialization and segregation.
Toulouse School of Architecture
Anaïs Leger-Smith is an Articles editor for JoLA. She has worked as a landscape architect in design studios in Brussels, London and Bristol and is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Toulouse School of Architecture, France. She teaches in the field of territorial strategies, public space and green infrastructure design, landscape theory and project critique. Her research interests are focused on design research, biodiversity and the living environment in cities, metropolitan landscapes, participatory urbanism and landscape imaginaries. She is an editor for the forthcoming book #6 Landscape Architecture Europe. She is the vice-president of the French Federation for Landscape Architecture (FFP) in Occitanie.
Under the sky
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paysage de Versailles
Sonia Keravel is the Under the Sky editor for JoLA. She is a landscape architect and has a PhD in geography. She is currently a lecturer and researcher at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage, Versailles-Marseille. She teaches design studios on subjects such as project critique and the history of landscape design. Her research work focuses on the specificity of the landscape architect’s approach, the history and criticism of landscape architecture design and the role of visual representations and particularly photography in the practice of landscape architecture. She contributed to the ANR Photopaysage (2014-2017) and published Passeurs de paysage (2015); she co-coordinated the ‘project and photography’ dossier of the Cahiers de la recherche architecturale urbaine et paysagère (2019).
Usue Ruiz Arana is the Thinking Eye editor for JoLA, a role informed by her keen interest in design and art as forms of research. She is a landscape architect and educator at Newcastle University. She is the programme director of the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), and teaches across design studios, design thesis and construction modules. Usue’s current research is focused on two interrelated strands: soundscapes and more than human conceptualizations for landscape architecture practice. Through her research, Usue seeks to affirm design and art as forms of research, drawing from her experimental arts methods that include soundwalks, photography and temporary installations, and her 20-year career in practice.
Ursula Wieser Benedetti is the Reviews editor for JoLA. She is a landscape architect and a Japanologist. She has practiced as a landscape architect in France, Austria and Italy and holds a PhD in Landscape and Garden History. Her research interests focus on Japan, landscape architecture in Belgium, and the question of limits in the landscape. She currently works at the CIVA in Brussels, where she curates exhibitions and events around contemporary landscape architecture and the history of landscape architecture, and organizes the René Pechère literary Prize, distinguishing books of excellence in the realm of landscape architecture. She has directed several publications, including Brussels, Two and a Half Centuries of Public Parks and Gardens (2019).