Maria Ignatieva

Professor in Landscape Architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
Honorary Doctor of St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University
URBIO Advisory Group Member
ECLAS (European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools) Executive Committee Member

Maria was born in Leningrad (St.Petersburg), Russia. She graduated from the Landscape Architecture Program at Leningrad State Forest Technical University and received her PhD from Moscow State University. In Russia (St. Petersburg), then in the USA (SUNY ESF, Syracuse, New York), New Zealand (Lincoln University) and now in Sweden Maria is working on the investigation of different urban ecosystems and developing principles of ecological design. Her latest FORMAS project is dedicated to the lawn as cultural and ecological phenomenon and symbol of globalization ( Another research and teaching interest is history of landscape architecture, restoration and conservation of historical parks and gardens.


Larisa Kanunnikova

Over 25 years of her scientific, teaching and administrative work, Larisa Kanunnikova has earned the reputation of a talented and highly qualified specialist in the field of architectural design and landscape organization of the urban environment.
Within ten years of her work as a head of the Department of Landscape architecture of the Committee for urban planning and architecture, Larisa has contributed to  the development of the state policy in the field of landscape architecture and general improvement of urban environment in St. Petersburg. The Landscape Scenario of St Petersburg was developed under her supervision. It is used as a framework for complex beautification and flower decoration projects.
Larisa Kanunnikova is actively involved to the international activities which promote cooperation and exchange of ideas between the professionals in the field of landscape architecture. Since 2009, she is engaged in organising annual international conferences on landscape architecture ‘ICON-LA’ and ‘Imperial gardens of  Russia’  festival. In 2015,  she took part in organising the 52nd IFLA Congresses in St Petersburg.
Since 2010, Larisa participates in the Russian National Award in Landscape architecture. She was nominated for the Award several times and got a number of prizes. She was repeatedly awarded with various Diplomas of the Governor of St. Petersburg, City administration and the Chair of the Committee.
Since 2016 Larisa Kanunnikova is the Vice Chair of the Committee for urban planning and architecture in St Petersburg.

Paulo Farinha-Marques



Paulo Farinha-Marques is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto – Portugal .

He graduated in Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon – High Institute of Agronomy (1988) and obtained a PhD at the Faculty of Architectural Studies – University of Sheffield – UK (1999).

Since 1996 he has combined teaching and design practice across scales.

His main areas of interest are the planning, design and management of public green spaces (mainly gardens, parks, woodlands and green corridors) vegetation / habitat assessment studies, urban biodiversity and landscape character and visual assessment.

Address: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Planning, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687 4169 – 007 PORTO, PORTUGAL

Thomas Oles

Thomas Oles was born and raised in Massachusetts, USA. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and later the University of Washington, where he earned degrees in both comparative literature and landscape architecture. In 2001-2002 he studied landscape architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Danish Agricultural and Veterinary University, now part of the University of Copenhagen. He worked as a landscape architect in New York and Boston before entering the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received his doctorate in 2008.

Before joining SLU Thomas Oles taught landscape architecture and landscape history at the University of Oregon; the Amsterdam University of the Arts (where he initiated and led the program ‘Living Landscape’); Cornell University; and the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of two books, Walls: Enclosure and Ethics in the Modern Landscape (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and Go with Me: 50 Steps to Landscape Thinking (Architectura + Natura, 2013). He is currently writing a book on fieldwork in landscape design, to be published by Routledge in 2018.

Thomas Oles is currently working at SLU, Sweden.

(Sorry, there was a mistake, incorrect address in Portugal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Excursions 2017

St Petersburg City Tour (in English) 

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St Petersburg is an amazing and diverse city. Its beauty attracts millions of tourists every year, its elegance inspires artists, its heritage allures scientists. The city has an incredibly rich history. It is a huge treasury full of the precious pieces of art. We invite you to experience the marvelous sights of the city with a friendly expert guide.

White Nights and Bridges

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White nights is a fabulous period in St Petersburg. The whole city seems to celebrate short but magnificent northern summer during these long evenings. The sun barely dips below the horizon and illumes the city with pearl lights. It gives some special charm to the city. We welcome you to enjoy breathtaking night panoramas of St Petersburg!

Peterhof and Kronstadt

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Don’t miss the opportunity to explore two remarkable places in one day. The spectacular gardens of Peterhof with stunning architecture, sparkling fountains, fresh breezes from the Gulf of Finland and abundance of greenery  will surely take your breath away.  Another sight, Kronstadt, is strikingly different from other suburbs of St. Petersburg. It has been the base of the Baltic Fleet for a long time. But even though, there is still a military spirit in the air, there is something charming about Kronstadt. You’ll see for yourself!