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

Mirte develops land art that generates self-sustaining landscapes that restore biotopes. Her work represents a mentality shift in thinking about nature in the Netherlands – a country forged out of sea and swamp. 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.

Work experience

  • 2019 – current: Laarhoven Living Landscapes, Founder
  • 2019 – current: HOSPER Landscape architecture and urban design, Landscape Architect
  • 2018 – current: Guest teacher Academy of Architecture
  • 2015 – 2019: OKRA Landscapearchitects, Landscape Architect / Senior Designer
  • 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 / Underwater forest – NLDelta Challenge – Haringvliet | NLDelta
  • 2018 / workshop & map design – Ruimte voor Levende Rivieren | WWF NL
  • 2018 / regional statement – Prix de Rome, competition – Retract Replete
  • 2018 / Toolbox and storyline – Gastvrije Waaldijk – River landscape | Waterschap Rivierenland (OKRA)
  • 2018 / developmentplan – IJmuiden aan Zee – IJmuiden | Kondor Wessels (OKRA)
  • 2018 / farmland design, competition – OpportuniTea Brood en Spelen – Brabant | Atelier Rijksbouwmeester (OKRA)
  • 2018 / landscape design, competition – Over de Dijk | Municipality of Den Helder (OKRA)
  • 2017 / spatial ambitions – National Park Heuvelrug Nieuwe Stijl | Nationaal Park Heuvelrug, (OKRA)
  • 2017 / urban development, competition – Sluiseiland – Municipality Vianen | OKRA
  • 2017 / rooftop design and execution – Good Hotel London | Good Group
  • 2016 / regional design, competition – Challenge Landscape 2070 – Rotterdam | RLI (OKRA)
  • 2016 / urban development – Meridian Water -London Borough of Enfield (OKRA)
  • 2015 / object design – Zambesipark | Municipality of Utrecht (OKRA)
  • 2015 / design research, EO Wijers competition –  S3H-BTK Apeldoorn, Deventer, Zutphen (FABRIC.)
  • 2015 / design research – Metabolism of Albania (FABRIC.)
  • 2014 / regional design – Planet Texel | International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014 (LA4Sale)
  • 2014 / ambition document – De Krijgsman – Muiden | (LA4Sale)
  • 2013 / Sea defence – New Hondsbossche Dunes – Petten | Boskalis/HHNK (WEST 8)
  • 2012 / research – Towards a healthy relation for city and highway NL | Atelier Rijksbouwmeester (WEST 8)

Awards / Grants

  • 2019 / Talent Development, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie,  – Landscaping Design Methodology
  • 2019 / architectural research, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie,  – Underwaterforest as focal point in the Haringvliet
  • 2018 / 1 st price, NLDelta Challenge – Land-scaper Underwaterforest
  • 2018 / Honorable mention Archiprix NL 2018 – Master thesis Flowing Force
  • 2018 / Long 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

Mirte van Laarhoven, MSc
Landscape Architect, Amsterdam, NL

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info@mirtevanlaarhoven.com