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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)has announced that Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award for 2013. Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles has made an outstanding contribution to Landscape Architecture through his life-long commitment to his chosen profession. His achievement in all aspects of landscape architecture – landscape planning, landscape policies, landscape design and landscape education has been quite phenomenal.
The defence of democracy, the humanization of the landscape, and the quality of life of the Portuguese population are hallmarks of his civic life and professional career.
With a long involvement and initiative in public intervention, he has for decades been pioneering in delivering ideas, designs and claiming for recognition of productive landscape as recreation space. He is still actively participating in the defence of a sustainable development model for Portugal on key issues connected to planning and the environment such as Forest Policy and Green Infrastructure.
Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles graduated in Agronomic Engineering and Landscape Architecture in 1950 to be part of the first generation of Landscape Architects in Portugal. He is a founding member of the Portuguese Society of Landscape Architects APAP, which was founded in 1976, and is still active in the association.
The revolution in Portugal in 1974 brought him to the forefront of the country`s political life. In 1975 he was appointed Secretary of State of the Environment and undertook his work in environmental policies in Portugal. He was a pioneer in the defence and conservation of environmental values, the promotion of land-use planning, sustainable development and the humanization of cities. He is mainly responsible for the current legal Framework Laws on conservation, land-use planning and environmental quality. He continues to be active in the dissemination of the ideas and principles in these fields where he was a forerunner and for which he has fought unceasingly.
He has published over 100 works on various subjects, such as land use planning, the environment, urbanism, visual analysis, landscape, projects, agriculture, resource management, education and policies.
His career spans over 60 years and he has clearly ha a unique and lasting impact on the development of landscape architecture as a practitioner, in teaching, in Public Administration and as a member of various Governments. Within the Housing Department Institute he set up the Landscape Planning and Green Areas Department. He was also Minister for Quality of Life and was one of the first
Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, has, within 60 years of active work, opened many doors and minds, and has contributed hugely to an awareness of, and integration of landscape architecture. His life achievement is an example for everybody to follow and he is a most worthy recipient of this year’s IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.
The IFLA President, Desiree Martinez, made the announcement in the Award Ceremony on April 10, during the 2013 IFLA World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand.
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