Dr Simon Bell receives ECLAS Lifetime Achievement Award

On Tuesday 13 September, at the annual conference of ECLAS (the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools) held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, it was announced by the President, Dr Ellen Fetzer, that Dr Simon Bell is to receive the 2022 ECLAS Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his long career in and contribution to landscape architecture practice, research and education.

Simon started his career in the British Forestry Commission in 1979 and, after 20 years of work in forests in the UK and internationally, in 2000 he moved into academia at Edinburgh College of Art, co-founding the OPENspace Research Centre of which he is now co-director together with Professor Catharine Ward Thompson.

In the mid-2000s he also took up a position at the Estonian University of Life Sciences where he is currently Chair Professor and Head of the department of Landscape Architecture. He has been active in ECLAS since 2005, serving on the executive committee, culminating with two terms as President between 2012 and 2018.