Carl Steinitz

Carl Steinitz, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Emeritus, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, has devoted much of his career to improving methods of landscape planning and design. Professor Steinitz has organized and taught collaborative, multidisciplinary, semester-long studios and many one- to four-day workshops on large and complex landscape change problems for more than 40 years at Harvard and at many other universities. His interests are reflected in his teaching and research on landscape change, methods of landscape analysis, visual quality assessment, and design methodologies. In 1984, he received the Outstanding Educator Award of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture; he also received the 1996 Distinguished Practitioner Award from the International Association for Landscape Ecology (U.S.A.). He has been honored as an outstanding teacher by Harvard University.
Among his many other awards he was named Honorary Senator by Anhalt University.

Christina von Haaren

Prof. Dr. Christina von Haaren has been a full-time professor for landscape planning and nature conservation at the Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hanover Germany since 1998. She holds a degree in landscape planning and worked in consultant companies for environmental planning after graduation. In 2002 and 2007, C.v.Haaren spent her sabbaticals as a visiting scholar at the University of the West of England, Bristol and at Cornell University USA Department of Agricultural Economics respectively. Her research interests lie in the fields of methodologies and applications of landscape planning. She has worked on projects about supporting planning using IT (The Interactive Landscape Plan) and on ways how to engage land users in environmentally sound practices (farm assessment software MANUELA) as well as rural development (Coordinator of the EU 7th framework project RUFUS). C.v. Haaren has worked in different scientific societies and as a counsellor for the federal government ( 2000-2002, Scientific Advisory Board Ministry of Traffic, Building and Spatial Planning; 2002-2004, Collegiate of German Research Foundation; Regular Member of the German Academy of Spatial Research; 2000-2008, Member and Vice Chair of The German Advisory Council on the Environment). Since 2010, she has been serving as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Science of Leibniz University.

Joerg Schaller

Prof. Dr Joerg Schaller is shareholder and the Scientific Director of ESRI Germany, part-time Professor at the Department of Strategy and Landscape Development?GIS Application & Planning Methods of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the Owner and Director of the Prof. Schaller EnvironmentalConsult (PSU). He holds degrees in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Ecology, and Natural Resources & Planning from the TUM. Joerg has over 35 years of professional and academic experience in the areas of Landscape Ecology and Natural Resources, Environmental Planning and Modelling, GIS and Remote Sensing. He has focused particularly on applied GIS, spatial data gathering, GIS database design, mapping methods, applications in natural resources and environmental decision making, and development of GIS-based theories and tools. Joerg has worked in more than 25 countries worldwide, lead over 60 projects, and has authored over 250 publications in the environmental and GIS fields.

Workshop Moderators

Thomas H. Kolbe

Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kolbe is director of the Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science and chair of "Methods of Geoinformation Technology" at Berlin University of Technology. He studied computer science from 1988 to 1993 and received his PhD in 1999 on the automatic extraction of buildings from aerial images. His main research interests lie in the fields of virtual 3D city, landscape, and building information modelling; 3D GIS; spatial data infrastructures; Web GIS; information theory; and object recognition. Prof. Kolbe is initiator and one of the principal developers of the CityGML standard in the Open Geospatial Consortium ( Since 2008, he is co-chair of a big European science network with 22 participating member states (EU COST Action TU 0801 on "Semantic enrichment of 3D city models for sustainable urban development"). He currently is vice president of the German Society for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Geoinformation (DGPF).

Stephen Ervin


Stephen M. Ervin, MLA, PhD,  FASLA  is Director of Computer Resources and Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Ervin teaches and conducts research in the areas of design, computing, media and technology, with a special interest in landscape modeling and visualization, and the emergent topic of GeoDesign.

He is the co-author of 'Landscape Modeling: Digital Techniques for Landscape Visualization' by McGraw-Hill (ASLA Merit award winner in 2002). Ervin has taught and lectured worldwide and published articles in a number of journals. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and holds a MLA degree from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Urban Studies from MIT.

Matthias Pietsch

Matthias Pietsch is an expert in using GIS in landscape planning and nature conservation. He graduated with a first degree in landscape architecture at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and received a Master in GIS at the University of Salzburg. Since 1998 he has been working as a registered landscape architect. Since 1998 he also has been teaching GIS-applications in environmental and landscape planning at Anhalt University and as a visiting researcher and lecturer at Hochschule Rapperswil and at the University of Nevada. Since April 2010 he has been teaching at the online Master program beMasterGIS of Anhalt University. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis on using specific GIS methods to analyze biodiversity in landscape planning at the Technical University of Dresden. In 2005, he joined the Anhalt University as GIS senior research assistant and as GIS project consultant for the affiliated Prof. Hellriegel Institute. His main areas of specializations are standardization, developing and implementing methods using GIS in the context of landscape architecture and environmental planning.

Lutz Ross

Dr. Lutz Ross is Head of Geospatial Solutions at virtualcitySYSTEMS GmbH, a company specialized in developing and implementing 3D GIS and 3D visualizations for a wide range of users in Germany, Europe, and worldwide. He has studied Landscape Planning and worked at the Technical University of Berlin and has been a visiting researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Engineering in Potsdam, Germany, as well as at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at the University of British Columbia, Canada. In 2010 he received his PhD for his thesis "Virtual 3D City Models in Urban Land Management - Technologies and Applications". After his PhD, Dr. Lutz Ross joined virtualcitySYSTEMS based in Berlin. His current main activities include implementing 3D geospatial infrastructures based on open standards such as CityGML, KML/Collada, IFC, OGC Web Services and Web 2.0 technologies. His aim is to develop new solutions while leveraging existing open source technologies that will make the use and management of 3D geospatial as intuitive and easy as possible.

Philip Paar

Philip Paar is 3D landscape modelling and visualization expert, studied landscape planning at the Technical University Berlin. Research assistant at German Federal Agency for Nature Protection (BFN, 1996), and Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF, 1997 to 2002). Project manager of the joint research project on computer graphics assisted landscape planning (New Media for Landscape Planning - LennĂ©3D). Co-founder and managing director of the visualization and software company LennĂ©3D[1] from 2005 to 2009. Occasionally, visiting researcher or lecturer, e.g. Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Wageningen (WUR), University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde (FHE), University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (HSA). 2009 onwards visiting fellow at National Singapore University (NUS) introducing GIS, landscape modelling, and visualization to MLA students. Since 2010, visiting senior research scientist at NUS. Philip is writing his doctoral thesis on interactive landscape visualization and requirements and concepts for digital landscape planning. April 2010 onwards co-founder and managing director of the start-up company Laubwerk. July 2011 onwards business start-up stipendiary of the Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin.