The Team

Jörg Rekittke

Landscape architect and skilled nursery gardener, studied at the Technical University Berlin (TUB) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage Versailles (ENSP). Teaching assistant at RWTH Aachen University from 1997 to 2006 – until 2001 at Department of Landscape Design, from 2001 at Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning. Doctorate from RWTH Aachen University in 2001. December 2006 to November 2008 employed as Assistant Professor at the Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Wageningen (WUR), the Netherlands. January 2009 onwards he is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS), working as director of the NUS Master of Landscape Architecture Programme.

Tan Puay Yok

Puay Yok received his education in Massey University and Cornell University in horticulture science and plant physiology. He has been actively involved in the urban greening of Singapore in various capacities, including the management of the research programs of the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology prior to joining NUS as Associate Professor in 2012. His interests are in the management, practices and development of urban solutions for urban greening, and the incorporation of ecological principles in greenery planning and management. Puay Yok also previously served as the founding co-editor of CITYGREEN, and assistant editor of The Gardens' Bulletin. He runs the modules in Plant Science and Horticulture, Urban Greening Technologies and Techniques, and Dissertation, and contributes to studios in other academic programs.

Hwang Yun Hye

Landscape architect. Studied at Seoul National University, Graduate School of Design (GSE) and Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD). Working experience as a chief designer on various planning and landscape design projects in Korea, SOMC from 2001-2007. Selected as the 'Design Leader of Next Generation (6th)', awarded by the Korean Ministry of Commerce and KIDP in 2007. Background in graphic design & teaching at Seoul Digital University as an Instructor of Concept Design in 2005, and from 2001-2007 at the Seoul Art College as an instructor of Basic Design. 2009 onwards she is teaching studios and detail design as an assistant professor at National University Singapore (NUS).

Stefan Bernard

Stefan studied architecture at IUAV in Venice before he was educated as a landscape architect in Vienna and Berlin. Since 2001 he has been working as a free lance landscape architect ( Major realizations include the redesign of open spaces of Eberbach Monastery (2004-2013) and the Garden at Hessian State Representation (Berlin, 2007). As author and lecturer Stefan seeks to reflect the particular design conditions in landscape architecture. In 2003, together with Hans Loidl, he published “Opening spaces – Design as Landscape Architecture“. At present Stefan is attending the graduated program “design and construction” at TU Berlin where he is doing research on perception and landscape design.

S. K. Ganesan

S. K. Ganesan has been in the field of urban forestry and arboriculture since 1990. He is with National Parks Board, Singapore as the Deputy Director of Landscaping and Arboriculture and is the founding president of the Singapore Arboriculture Society. He has contributed to regional floras and is an authority on the genus Firmiana in the family Malvacaeae. For his work on tropical tree botany he was elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London in 2006. He is also on the Panel of Tree Experts of the International Society of Arboriculture in the development of a tree inspector’s qualification. One of his aims is to reflect the rich biodiversity of the South East Asian flora in urban landscapes in order to promote the appreciation, understanding and ultimately conservation of this wonderful flora.

Shawn. K. Y. Lum

AB, 1985 Harvard. PhD, 1993 California (Berkeley) Botanical Society of America. American Society of Plant Systematists. Nature Society (Singapore). Singapore Institute of Biology Plant. Research interest : Evolutionary Ecology, Population Genetics, Conservation Biology. Teaching Course : CAB 201 Diversity and Evolution of Plants, CEM 101 Environmental Studies and Global Issues, CGE 186 Conservation and Management of Natural Habitats, GL08 Human Origins and Migrations, GL07 Environment for Sustainable Development.

Philip Paar

Landscape planner and 3D modelling and visualisation expert, studied at the Technical University Berlin (TUB). Research assistant at German Federal Agency for Nature Protection (BFN, 1996), and Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF, 1997 to 2002). Project manager of the joint research project on computer graphics assisted landscape planning (New Media for Landscape Planning – Lenné3D). Co-founder and managing director of the visualisation & software company Lenné3D from 2005 to 2009. Occasionally, visiting researcher or lecturer, e.g. Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Wageningen (WUR), University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde (FHE), and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (HSA). 2009 onwards visiting fellow at National Singapore University (NUS) introducing GIS, landscape modelling, and visualisation to MLA students. April 2010 onwards co-founder and managing director of the computer graphics start-up Laubwerk – Digital Botany.

Bianca Maria Rinaldi

Architect, she received a degree in Architecture from the University of Camerino, Italy, in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from the Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany, in 2004. She has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Garden Art and Landscape Architecture (CGL) of the University of Hanover from 2002 until 2004. From 2005 until 2008 she was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Landscape Architecture, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, and from 2009 until 2010 she was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, School of Architecture, Graz University of Technology in Graz, Austria. Since 2010 she is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture and Design at Ascoli Piceno, University of Camerino, Italy, and co-editor of the peer-reviewed academic journal JoLA-Journal of Landscape Architecture. Her scholarly studies focus upon history and theory of landscape architecture, with an emphasis on Far East Asia.

Henry Steed

Henry Steed is the Principal Design Director of ICN Design International, a firm of Landscape Architects based in Singapore. During the thirty two years that Henry Steed has practiced in Asia, he has established a reputation as one of the region’s foremost landscape designers, and has won numerous landscape awards. His work has taken him from his origins in the UK to the Middle East and across Asia giving him experience in temperate, arid, semi-arid, sub-tropical, tropical and equatorial environments.
Henry’s philosophy is “Man in Balance with Nature”, which can only be achieved when our rush to urbanise and develop is tempered by the conservation of natural environments and the re-introduction of Nature into our daily lives.

Wolfgang Wende

Landscape planner, studied at the Technical University Berlin (TUB) Germany. 1998 – 1999 Doctorate Fellowship of the State of Berlin for Young Scientists. 1999 – 2006 Scientific Assistant at the Department for Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment TUB. Doctorate from TUB in 2001. 2006 – 2008 Visiting Professor at TU Berlin. 2008 – 2009 Scientific Assistant at the Federal Environment Agency Germany. Since 2010 full Professor for Urban Development at the Technical University of Dresden and Head of Research Area Landscape Change and Management at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development Germany. 2009 Visiting Professor at the NUS.