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Mirte van Laarhoven (1986) is a landscape architect and founder of Living Landscapes.

Mirte develops land art that generates self-sustaining landscapes that restore biotopes. Using a ‘go with the flow’ design mentality, she remediates harms to the ecosystem, increasing biodiversity. Her Master’s thesis Flowing Force encapsulates this vision and received an honorable mention from the jury of Archiprix 2018, a national competition for best architecture graduation projects.

She holds a BA in architecture from the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy (2012) and a MA in landscape architecture from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2017). She studied at Pratt Institute in New York (2010) and worked at FABRIC. and WEST 8 Landscape architects. She is currently a Senior Designer at OKRA Landscape Architects.

Mirte van Laarhoven’s work represents a mentality shift in thinking about nature in the Netherlands – a country forged out of sea and swamp. This has made her a frequently invited lecturer and artistic accelerator.

Work experience

  • 2015 – current: OKRA Landschapsarchitecten, Landscape Architect
  • 2013 – current: Living Landscapes, Freelance Landscape Architect
  • 2014 – 2015: FABRIC, Landscape Designer
  • 2012 – 2013: West 8, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

Education

  • 2012 – 2017: Landscape Architecture, Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam. MSc
  • 2010: Architecture, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, New York.
  • 2008 – 2012: Architectural Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. BDes
  • 2007- 2008: Media and Culture studies, University of Amsterdam.

Projects

  • 2018 / Toolbox and storyline – Gastvrije Waaldijk – River landscape (NL) | OKRA
  • 2018 / developmentplan – IJmuiden aan Zee – IJmuiden (NL) | OKRA
  • 2018 / workshop & map design – Ruimte voor Levende Rivieren – (NL) | Living Landscapes, WWF
  • 2018 / competition landscape design – Brood en Spelen – Brabant (NL) | OKRA
  • 2018 / competition landscape design – Over de Dijk – Den Helder (NL) | OKRA
  • 2017 / spatial ambitions – National Park Heuvelrug – Heuvelrug (NL) | OKRA
  • 2017 / competition urban development – Sluiseiland – – Vianen (NL) | OKRA
  • 2017 / rooftop design and execution – Good Hotel – Amsterdam / London (NL/UK) | Living Landscapes, GBZ/VOF
  • 2016 / regional design – Challenge Landscape 2070 – Rotterdam (NL) | OKRA
  • 2016 / urban development – Meridian Water – London (UK) | OKRA
  • 2015 / object design – Zambesipark – Utrecht (NL) | OKRA
  • 2015 / design research – energy neutral urban region – EO Wijers competition –  S3H-BTK Apeldoorn, Deventer, Zutphen (NL) | FABRIC.
  • 2015 / design research – Metabolism of Albania – (AL) | FABRIC.
  • 2014 / regional design – Planet Texel – International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014 – Texel (NL) | Living Landscapes, LA4Sale
  • 2014 / ambition document – De Krijgsman – Muiden (NL) | Living Landscapes, LA4Sale
  • 2013 / Sea defence – New Hondsbossche Dunes – Petten (NL) | WEST 8
  • 2013 / picture essay – Verlenging van het HSL traject door Noord Brabant – (NL) |WEST 8
  • 2012 / research – Towards a healthy relation for city and highway. – (NL) | WEST 8
  • 2012 / product design – Maximapark – Leidsche Rijn (NL) | WEST 8
  • 2012 / design outdoor space – Watercycle Research Institute -Nieuwegein (NL) | WEST 8

Awards

  • 2018 / 1 st price, NLDelta Challenge – Land-scaper Underwaterforest
  • 2018 / Honorable mention Archiprix NL 2018 – Master thesis Flowing Force
  • 2018 / short listed, Prix de Rome – Retract, Replete
  • 2018 / Honorable mention Brood en Spelen – Opportunitea
  • 2015 / 1 st price, EO Wijers competition – S3H-BTK
  • 2012 / Thesis selection – Bachelor thesis The Green Apple.
  • 2012 / Metten Stein_Design Urbanism Award  – Bachelor thesis The Green Apple.

Publications

  • De Late Avond  | radio interview Onderwaterbos, 9 Aug 2018
  • Algemeen Dagblad | article Onderwaterbos, 6 aug 2018, p.13
  • Water Wereldwerk | Online article Onderwaterbos, 30 July 2018
  • Archined | Online article Archiprix, 5 July 2018
  • Archiprix 2018 | article Stromende Kracht, June 2018
  • Ruimte en Wonen | Online article Stromende Kracht, 30 Oct 2017
  • PROOFFlab Magazine (Studio Makkink & Bey)  | Essay #07/10 Salone del Mobile Milan, May 2015
  • Farming The City | Online article Urban Farming, July 2013

Lectures / events

  • 2018 / aldermen event – vital energy landscapes
  • 2018 / Government advisers – design education proces
  • 2018 / Informal meeting, government and entrepreneurs – future transitions in the Dutch delta
  • 2018 / Working visit Minister Carola Schouten – Underwaterforest
  • 2018 / Province of North-Brabant – Flowing Force
  • 2017 / WWF – Living Rivers

Mirte van Laarhoven, MSc
Landscape Architect, Amsterdam, NL

+31650537029
mirtevanlaarhoven@gmail.com