Dirk Sijmons (M.Sc. Engineering) (b.1949, the Netherlands), is a landscape architect and a founding partner of H+N+S Landscape Architects (since 1990). He studied architecture and planning at the Technical University of Delft.
H+N+S Landscape Architects received the National Prince Bernard Culture award in 2001. From 1994 – 2010 Sijmons chaired the board of OASE, the scientific, bilingual (Dutch/English), independent Journal on Architecture Theory. In 2002 Dirk Sijmons received the Rotterdam-Maaskant award for his contribution to landscape theory and his role in the national debate. To this occasion his book Landkaartmos was published.
Other books by Sijmons are Oorden van Onthouding (1998, about nature and design), =Landschap (1998, about landscape design at a regional scale). This book was published in English as =Landscape in 2002. In 2006 his book Een Plan dat Werkt (A Plan That Works, about policymaking and design) was published. Sijmons was appointed as the first State Landscape Architect of the Netherlands for the period 2004-2008. This new appointment was meant to advise the Dutch government on landscape matters. The 2008 publication, Greetings from Europe, a book addressing the influence of tourism on landscape, is the result of a European wide initiative he took as a State advisor. Some thirty universities from twenty European countries entered in this project. He received the prestigious Edgar Doncker-award for his contribution to Dutch culture in 2007. In 2008 he was appointed as professor on Environmental Design at the TU-Delft.
From October 2011-2015 Sijmons held the chair of Landscape Architecture at the same University. He was curator of IABR-2014 Urban by Nature with an exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. His latest book publication is Landscape and Energy (2014) on the implications and design challenges of the energy transition.
Specialties: Regional design, Regional Planning, Landscape architecture, Planning Theory, Environmental design