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Mirte van Laarhoven (1986) develops artistic landscape architecture with a focus on self-sustaining environments, biotope creation and human experience.

Her work represents a mentality shift in thinking about nature in the Netherlands – from industrial engineering projects and conquering the land to listening and moving along with its natural forces.

Her vision Stromende Kracht encapsulates this transition in design thinking, and received an honorable mention from the jury of the Archiprix 2018, a national competition for best architecture graduation projects.

In 2019 she founded Living Landscapes.

Career

  • 2019 – current: founder, Living Landscapes
  • 2018 – current: guest teacher, Academy of Architecture Amsterdam
  • 2018 – 2019: landscape architect / senior designer, HOSPER landschap en stedenbouw
  • 2015 – 2018: landscape architect / senior designer, OKRA landschapsarchitecten
  • 2014 – 2015: landscape designer, FABRICations
  • 2012 – 2013: intern, 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

Projects

  • 2020: land art installation, Frozen Forest – Stichting voor de werkplaats
  • 2020: product design, Groene Regenpijp | Fresh Perspectives
    team MORE landscape, ArchitectuurMAKEN, GEP regenwater
  • 2019: regional vision, Key areas – Metropolitan Regio of Amsterdam
  • 2019: land art installation, Underwater Forest – Haringvliet – NLDelta Challenge
  • 2018: workshop & map design – Ruimte voor Levende Rivieren / WWF NL
  • 2018: regional statement – Retract Replete / Prix de Rome competition
  • 2018: regional design – Brood en Spelen, OpportuniTea, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester
  • 2018: toolbox and storyline – Gastvrije Waaldijk, Waterschap Rivierenland
  • 2018: landscape design, competition – Over de Dijk, Municipality of Den Helder
  • 2018: developmentplan – IJmuiden aan Zee – IJmuiden, Kondor Wessels
  • 2017: spatial ambitions – National Park Heuvelrug Nieuwe Stijl, NPUH
  • 2017: rooftop design – Good Hotel London / Good Group
  • 2017: urban development, competition – Sluiseiland, Municipality Vianen
  • 2016: regional design, competition – Challenge Landscape 2070 – Rotterdam, RLI
  • 2016: urban development – Meridian Water, London Borough of Enfield
  • 2015: object design – Zambesipark, Municipality of Utrecht
  • 2015: design research, EO Wijers competition –  sustainable urban triangle S3H-BTK
  • 2015: design research – Metabolism of Albania
  • 2014: regional design – Planet Texel,  International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
  • 2014: ambition document – De Krijgsman, Municipality of Muiden
  • 2013: coastal defence – New Hondsbossche Dunes – Petten, Boskalis / HHNK
  • 2012: research – towards a healthy relation between city and highway, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester

Awards / Grants

  • 2020: Finalist, Art installation Frozen Forest, Competition Biesbosch- Baanhoekweg
  • 2019: Talent Development, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
  • 2019: Architectural research, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie,  Underwaterforest as focal point in the Haringvliet
  • 2018: 1 st price, NLDelta Challenge – Underwaterforest
  • 2018: Honorable mention Archiprix NL 2018 – 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: Metten Stein_Design Urbanism Award – Bachelor thesis The Green Apple.

Mirte van Laarhoven, MSc
Landscape Architect

Berberisstraat 16,
1032 EL, Amsterdam
+31 (0)6 505 370 29
mirte@livinglandscapes.nl