October 5, 2011 — Ronald Rietveld, founder of Rietveld Landscape in Amsterdam, will give the annual Myles H. Thaler Memorial Lecture, "Rietveld Strategic Interventions," at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture on Oct. 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.
Rietveld Landscape's designs address the contemporary complexity of cities, landscape and society through an integral, multidisciplinary approach. The firm's "design method creates new opportunities for landscape, architecture, the public domain, ecology, recreation and economic activity," Reitveld said. The projects presented in the Thaler Lecture will illustrate this approach.
Rietveld graduated cum laude in 2003 from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam with a specialization in landscape architecture. In 2004 his graduation project, "Delta Works 2.0," was awarded the ARCHIPRIX third prize. After winning the Prix de Rome Architecture, first prize in 2006, he started his own design and research office, Rietveld Landscape, with his brother Erik Rietveld, a fellow in philosophy at Harvard University.
The office has exhibited work in various international exhibitions and has its own unsolicited research program for contemporary issues in the public domain. Rietveld presents frequently at conferences and is a lecturer in the master's program at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also lectured at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and TU-Delft. He is a jury member for several design competitions. By invitation of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rietveld Landscape contributed the Dutch submission to the 12th Architecture Biennale of Venice 2010.
In 1990, Myles H. Thaler, a member of the first graduating class of the Department of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture, endowed a perpetual lecture fund "to bring to the School of Architecture nationally prominent scholars and practitioners to give public presentations on the subject of 'the meaning of the garden,' in order to expand public awareness of the cultural significance throughout history of gardens both public and private."