Joyce van den Berg (Zeist, 1977) graduated with distinction as a landscape architect from both Larenstein College and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. She has had positions at offices such as West 8 and MTD and worked as a designer for the municipality of Amsterdam. Van den Berg gives lecture… Read More
Joyce van den Berg (Zeist, 1977) graduated with distinction as a landscape architect from both Larenstein College and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. She has had positions at offices such as West 8 and MTD and worked as a designer for the municipality of Amsterdam. Van den Berg gives lectures regularly and is active as a guest lecturer for the Academy of Architecture. Next to that, she works as an advisor for the Knooppunt Innovatief Groen, an environmental centre of expertise within the province of North Brabant. Van den Berg founded her own Studio Berg in 2008 (first named Vandenberglandscape). As a self employed landscape architect, she works together with architect and photographer Nina Kopp on a regular basis.
Studio Berg specializes in trauma landscapes. These landscapes carry historical marks which are often perceived as burdensome and confronting. Van den Berg thinks that the shadows of the past can be transformed into strong cultural and historical elements, resulting in an area with a new meaning as a ‘lieu de mémoire’ or memorial place. Van den Berg gained international fame when she introduced the term trauma landscape en launched her solo exhibition ‘Neues Licht auf das Sperrgebiet’ in Berlin in 2009. She obtained the patent relating to the concept of ‘trauma’ in the context of landscape architecture and urban design.
Landscape architecture does not stand alone. It integrates cultural historical layers with economical, recreational, ecological and other functions of public space. Landscape designs take into account all scale levels of the public domain; from overall strategic choices to the micro level, in which individual objects play a role. Moreover, all user groups and contracting parties are involved in the design process. A thorough analysis at the start of each design phase is performed to ensure that all dimensions involved in a project are considered.
Studio Berg is courageous and daring. Dialogues with parties involved are conducted in a professional and lively manner, so that all choices are clear. Studio Berg’s designs do justice to the complexity of each landscape while at the same time they can be distinguished by their simplicity and recognizable broad outlines. We work with great precision, but do realize that imperfection in one rough detail may give a landscape an even stronger identity. Read Less