The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which represents the worldwide profession of landscape architecture, recently announced that Mihály Möcsényi is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award – the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ premier award – for 2012.
Professor Möcsényi (Hungary) started to work in University education already in 1945. He was teaching landscape design and landscaping. Since 1970 he became the head of the Department of Landscape and Garden Architecture school in Budapest, Hungary. He integrated the technical and aesthetic knowledge together with an ecological and economic approach to landscape architecture education.
His philosophy: A teacher also has to have constant, direct connection with professional practice has inspired thousands of Hungarian landscape architecture students. He also encouraged students to go abroad to widen their minds in the fields of landscape architecture.
In 1968 he officially defined landscape as “cultural product” and defined landscape as “humanized nature”. This established the basis of landscape architecture and planning in Hungary as an integrative and ecological approach – , a revolutionary change from the former the purely geographical landscape approach.
Because of political reasons he asked for retirement in 1979, and started to work more internationally. He had for a long time been engaged in IFLA, and was elected Vice-president IFLA Central Region from 1982-86 and IFLA President from 1986-1990. He had an essential role in involving the Eastern European countries into IFLA and was involved in the opening up of these countries for international relationships, education and the starting up new national associations for landscape architects.
After the collapse of the communist system in Hungary in 1990, he was called back to the university and was elected as rector from 1991-93, and founded the Faculty of Landscape Architecture in Budapest in 1992.
The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
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IMAGE CREDIT: Flora Mőcsényi