Professor Eckart LangeProfessor Eckhart Lange

Dipl.-Ing. MDesS Dr. sc. techn. habil.

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Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, Denmark in the area of Spatial Planning and Management of Natural Resources

Academic Qualifications

1982-1987 Dipl.-Ing. Landscape Planning
Technische Universität Berlin and Edinburgh College of Art

1988-89 MDesS Master in Design Studies (Landscape Planning)
Harvard University

1998 Dr. sc. techn.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich

2004 Habilitation
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich

Professional Background

1985-88 UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Project Berchtesgaden, TU München

1989-90 Project Manager at the Institute for Landscape Planning and Environmental Protection, Uster

1990-98 Scientific Collaborator, City and Landscape Network, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich

1998-2004 Head of Landscape Research Group and Senior Scientist, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich

since 2004 Professor, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield

2008 Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Department of Natural Environment Studies

Research Interests

My research focuses on how landscape architecture and environmental planning can influence and direct anthropogenic landscape change, while developing innovative methodologies of how advanced virtual landscape visualisations and modeling can be used to explore human reaction to these changes. My work spans a range of scales and issues including environmental impact assessments, urban green space strategies, rural landscape development, large-scale landscape planning and design, landscape aesthetics, planning and design communication as well as participatory decision-making.

At several international conferences I presented the results of my work as keynote speaker. I initiated and chaired the international conferences ‚Our Visual Landscape '99: A Conference on Visual Resource Management´ and ‚Our Shared Landscape 2005, Integrating ecological, socio-economic and aesthetic aspects in landscape planning and management´, both held in the Centro Stefano Franscini in Ascona, Switzerland.

Research Projects

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WeSenseIt: Citizen Observatory of Water
EU FP7 framework programme

F3UES - Fragments, functions and flows – the scaling of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban ecosystems
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS)

VALUE+. Welcoming and Engaging Liveable Community Environments

Cumulative Landscape and Visual Impact of wind turbines
WindNet. Cross-cutting PhD student network

The Effect of Visual Realism & Sound on Landscape Perception
University of Sheffield Harry Worthington Fellowship

URSULA - Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Modelling and Communicating Ecosystem Services to Aid Weir Management Decision Making
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Economic & Social Research Council

An Integrated 3d-Visualisation Design and Planning Tool for Interactive Stakeholder Involvement
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

User-friendly viewer for immersive 3D environments
Higher Education Funding Council for England / Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund

Virtual Worlds – Real Decisions? The Alps in a Modeller´s Nutshell
Swiss National Science Foundation. National Research Programme Landscapes and Habitats of the Alps

DynaLandVis. Evaluating scenarios of future landscape change by comparing static vs. dynamic visualisations in immersive environments
EU, Sixth Framework

Intuitive and interactive landscape design and 3D-visualisation
Higher Education Funding Council for England / Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund

Selected Past Research Projects

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VISULANDS. Visualisation Tools for Public Participation in Managing Sustainable Rural Landscapes
EU, Fifth Framework. Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources

AGENTVIS. Planning with Virtual Alpine Landscapes and Autonomous Agents
Swiss National Science Foundation. National Research Programme Landscapes and Habitats of the Alps

Planning and Design of Public Open Space. Use of traditional and new Media and Technology
Commission for Technology and Innovation, Switzerland

GREENSPACE. The Strategic Planning and Design of Greenspace in the Urban Environment
EU, Fifth Framework. Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

Brown Coal Landscapes
Ministry for Environment, Nature Protection, and Spatial Planning, Brandenburg, Germany

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Brusio
Rätia Energie, Switzerland


My teaching experience is in a wide range of topics related to the protection and design of our landscape covering a range of scales. It includes aspects of landscape and environmental planning as well as landscape design.
Where possible (e.g. in the Master's thesis) I am trying to link teaching and research by exposing the students to a specific research question.

Recently former students of mine who I supervised in the Special Project and the Master's thesis have won prestigious awards such as the Future Vision Awards 2010 of the Landscape Institute: Elspeth Reddish, The Educational Energy Hub. The Master's thesis by Melanie Downes (2011) comparing Visualisation with Post-Construction Photography was ‘Highly Commended’ by UK Landscape Research Group.

Research by my PhD student Israel Legwaila won a best poster award at the international Digital Landscape Architecture DLA 2010 conference in Dessau, Germany.

Module Coordinator
LSC305 / LSC 6170 Land Contamination, Restoration and Revegetation
LSC6005 Special Project
LSC6005 Workshop Landscape Engineering
LSC6005 Workshop Computer Applications for Landscape Planning and Landscape Management
LSC6005 Workshop Computer Applications for Landscape Designers
LSC 6026 Special Project: Research and Development Study

Jointly with my colleagues I also provide research supervision for postgraduate taught students.
LSC6140 Landscape Research Dissertation
In addition I am supervising several PhD students.

Modules I coordinated in the past include:
LSC6023 Research Methods in Landscape
LSC6024 Contemporary Issues in Landscape Research

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of Department
Member of the Senate
Member of the Faculty Executive Board
Member of the Department Strategy Group
Year Tutor for year 5 students, Diploma year
University Court (2005-2008)
Member of judging panel and University of Sheffield Masterplan Steering Group

Selected Honours and Awards

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), fellowship for Harvard University and Massachussetts Institute of Technology, 1988
Fellow Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2004
Tewksbury fellowship, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2006
Great Britain Sasakawa Fellowship, Japan, 2008
Digital Landscape Architecture DLA 2010 Award for IT Research in Landscape Architecture, 2010
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). 2011 Excellence in Research & Creative Works Award, First ever European recipient
Academic Fellow of the Landscape Institute (Royal Chartered Body for Landscape Architects in the United Kingdom) 2011, First ever recipient
European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools. 2013 ECLAS Outstanding Researcher Award, First ever recipient

Selected Recent Keynotes and Invited Lectures

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. China Environmental Art Design Prize Award Ceremony. Hangzhou, 28.-29. November 2009.
47th IFLA Conference, International Federation of Landscape Architects, Suzhou, China, leader of student Charrette, 25.-27. May 2010.
11th International Conference on Information Technologies in Landscape Architecture, Dessau, 27.-30. May 2010.
Meiji University, Tokyo. School of Agriculture; Dept. of Geography, 21.-24. January 2011
Big Landscape 2020 conference. Landscape Institute, London, 1.-3. July 2011.
3rd Annual Conference of Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture, Nanjing Forestry University, China, 28.-30. October 2011.
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Waddesdon Estate, The Rothschild Foundation, 26.1.2012.
Beijing Forestry University, Lecture Series, 23.-26. April 2012.
Politecnico di Milano, Innovative technologies in architectural and urban mapping, 22 May 2012.
Visualization Technologies to Support Research on Human-Environment Interactions, SESYNC, US National Science Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland, July 23-24, 2012.
IFLA Asia-Pacific Conference, Shanghai, China, leader of student Charrette, 18.-21. October 2012.
International Symposium Landscape 2013, Department of Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture, Chiba University, Japan, 4 March 2013.
EAEA 11. Envisioning Architecture: Design, Evaluation, Communication. 11th Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association, Politecnico di Milano, September 25-28, 2013.
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Spatial Analysis and Cognition in Architecture and Urban Planning Conference, Haifa, 3-5 November 2013.


Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Corporate Member
European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS), Corporate Member
German Alpine Club, DAV Sektion Berchtesgaden
Verein zum Schutz der Bergwelt
Catchment Science Centre (CSC), University of Sheffield
International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE)

Editorial Boards

Landscape and Urban Planning.
International Journal of Landscape Ecology, Planning and Design (Elsevier)

Landscape Journal.
Design, Planning and Management of the Land (University of Wisconsin Press)

Geomatics, Landmanagement and Landscape.
University of Agriculture in Krakow

Peer Reviewing for International Scientific Journals

Annals of Forest Science (Springer)
Cartography and Geographic Information Science CaGIS (ACSM)
Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Wiley)
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (Elsevier)
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (Pergamon)
Engineering Geology (Elsevier)
Environment and Planning B (planning and design) (Pion)
Environmental Management (Springer)
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Springer)
Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
GAIA (Oekom)
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (IEEE)
Int. Journal of Geographical Information Science (Taylor & Francis)
Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier)
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (Taylor & Francis)
Journal of Environmental Psychology (Elsevier)
Journal of Landscape Architecture JoLA (Callwey)
Journal of Urban Design (Routledge)
Journal of Urban Technology (Taylor & Francis)
Land Use Policy (Elsevier)
Landscape and Ecological Engineering (Springer)
Landscape Ecology (Springer)
Landscape Research (Routledge)
Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (Elsevier)

Peer Reviewing for Research Councils

European Framework Programme for Research (European Commission, FP7)
Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Lithuania
NVAO (Dutch-Flemish accreditation organisation), The Netherlands
Australian Research Council
Australian Antarctic Science Program
Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Research Promotion Foundation, Republic of Cyprus
German Federal Foundation for the Environment
Volkswagen Foundation, Germany
Icelandic Research Fund (Rannis)
Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Lithuania
Slovak Research and Development Agency
ETH Zürich Research Commission, Switzerland
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Switzerland
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom

Scientific advisor to the Wissenschaftsrat (Scientific Advisory Council to the German Government).