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THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS (ECLAS)

European collaboration in the field of landscape architecture began with an informal meeting of European landscape schools in Berlin in 1989, and the subsequent establishment ofECLAS — the “European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools” in 1991. Since then conferences have been held annually, each hosted by a different landscape architecture school.

The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools aims to foster and develop research in landscape architecture throughout Europe by strengthening contacts between members of Europe’s landscape academic community and by representing the interests of this community within the wider European social and institutional context. In pursuit of this goal the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools builds upon the Continent’s rich landscape heritage and intellectual traditionsto:

  • Further and facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and ideas in European landscape architecture, stimulating discussion and encouraging co-operation between Europe’s landscape architecture schools, the promoting regular international meetings (annual conference in particular);
  • Foster and develop the highest standards of landscape architecture education in Europe by providing advisory service and acting as a forum for sharing experience on course and curriculum development, and supporting collaborative developments in teaching;
  • Promote interaction between academics and researchers in the field of landscape architecture, thereby furthering the development of a Europe-wide landscape academic community, through, amongst other things, the development of common research agendas and collaborative research projects;
  • Represent the interests of researchers in the field of landscape architecture, encourage interdisciplinary awareness and enhance public understanding of the discipline;
  • Stimulate dialogue with European landscape architectural practice and with other international organisations.