Eric-Jan Pleijster (1977) is a senior Landscape Architect and the co-founder of LOLA Landscape Architects. He graduated cum laude in landscape architecture at Wageningen University (2003). Eric-Jan designs natural processes to optimize landscapes and to trigger unexpected and memorable experiences. Examples are the public space design of Feyenoord Stadium and Feyenoord City in Rotterdam and the redevelopment of the former prison Bijlmerbajes into a sustainable housing area in Amsterdam. Eric-Jan has written the LOLA bestseller Dutch Dikes (5 book awards) and the award-winning monograph ‘Lost Landscapes’. In 2013 he received the Rotterdam Maaskant Award for Young Architects, in 2014 LOLA received the TOPOS Landscape Award, in 2017 he was nominated ‘High Potential’ by PropertyNL.
LOLA (LOst LAndscapes) is an internationally operating office for landscape architecture that studies and designs spatial transitions of degraded cultural landscapes. LOLA wants to transform these landscapes into beautiful, healthy and sustainable places. Whether in the city, suburbs or the countryside, LOLA aims to design sublime landscapes that make people enjoy, wander and wonder. We match knowledge of landscapes and of large-scale ecosystems with contemporary ideas about people, space and nature. For the total of our work, LOLA received the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and the TOPOS landscape award.