Professor Bernard Lassus is chosen after being nominated by UNESCO
The International Federation of Landscape Architects awards the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal once every four years and it stated that this year’s winner is: “a practitioner whose merit, talent and actions are respected internationally”.
Professor Bernard Lassus gained a reputation as an artist in France in the late 1950s and then explored social uses of paintings and sculptures in industrial environments. During that period he was also professor of drawing at the School of Architecture at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and subsequently helped to found the Landscape School at Versailles.
In 1982 he won a significant public project for the ‘Gardens of Return’ in Rochefort. He then helped to develop a national landscape policy for motorways in France and since that time his influence on landscape design through his work and teaching at various universities in Europe and the US has grown. He has written 15 books.
Lassus was chosen as the prizewinner from an international jury of three – selected from Sweden, the UK and Canada. The medal recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society, the environment and the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.
The award was presented at a ceremony in the MEC building, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The quadrennial competition is open to landscape architects throughout the world.