Professor Emeritus Karsten Jørgensen 1953 - 2021

It was with great sadness and grief that we received the message that Karsten died on 8 July.

Karsten had a long career at the Department of Landscape Architecture (ILA) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He graduated as a landscape architect at NLH in 1980. He completed his PhD in 1989, the same year he became an Associate Professor at the Department where he later became a Professor.

His research concerned the history of landscape architecture, particularly from the 20th century and current Norway, but his interests stretched far beyond. He published many articles in both international and Norwegian journals and textbooks.

Karsten was Head of the Department for several terms and held various positions at the university. He contributed to the establishment of study programs in landscape architecture in Latvia and in Palestine.

Being the internationally focused person he was, he took roles as a board member of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS ) from its establishment in 1990, and as a board member of the Erasmus network Le: Notre.

He received great recognition for his many years of work with the founding and editing of the Journal of Landscape Architecture. His many professional contacts have been important both for colleagues and for ILA's reputation in Europe.

He retired in 2020, but had a period of tremendous activity in 2019, which coincided with the Department's 100th anniversary and the establishment of NMBU's new, international Master's program in landscape architecture.

 His retirement was sadly cut short, plagued by the disease that he fought with his usual positive attitude. He tirelessly continued with publications. Now the pen is down for good.

 Our thoughts go to Anne-Mette and the rest of Karsten’s family.

 On behalf of the Department and colleagues at NMBU.

Tore Edvard Bergaust
Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, NMBU

Published 10. August 2021 - 13:49 - Updated 10. August 2021 - 13:49