- Chair of Biodiversity and Nature Tourism
- Chair of Crop Science and Plant Biology
- Chair of Environmental Protection and Landscape Management
- Chair of Horticulture
- Chair of Hydrobiology and Fishery
- Chair of Landscape Architecture
- Chair of Plant Health
- Chair of Soil Science
- Polli Horticultural Research Centre
- Rõhu Experimental Centre
Teaching and research staff
Simon Bell, PhD
Head of the chair, professor
Simon Bell was originally a forester took a master degree in landscape architecture. He worked for 20 years in the British Forestry Commission, specialising in forest landscape and outdoor recreation planning and design. He has also worked in the USA, Canada, Europe and Russia as a consultant on large scale forestry and recreation projects. Research and practice led him to projects in the Baltic States and thus to Estonia where he has been teaching and researching since 2005, taking over as head of department in 2009.
Phone:+372 731 3136 , +372 505 6106
Mart Külvik, PhD
Biodiversity and environmental planning
Nature conservation policy and planning
Phone: +372 731 3772, Kreutzwaldi 5-2C18
Mari Nõmmela, PhD
Mari Nõmmela has graduated from the University of Tartu as a teacher of history and social studies, additionally specialising in art history. She has defended her Master’s and Doctoral thesis on Estonian art history. She has published books and research articles related to Estonian culture, written chapters for several collections.
She has been working at the Estonian University of Life Sciences since the speciality of landscape architecture was established, an Associate Professor from 1998. She teaches subjects related to historical areas and history of landscape history, composition and form in designing of public space, drawing as an optional subject, etc. She has organised several thematic exhibitions of students’ works and shown her own creation at solo and general exhibitions.
CV, publications and creative work
Phone: +372 731 3135
Toomas Muru, MSc
Manager of the chair, lecturer and PhD student
Toomas Muru is a landscape architect who got his landscape architecture education at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Wageningen Univeristy and Eesti Maaülikool. He has also a forestry education form Estonia. He has been working as private consultant at an Estonian planning company and then for almost two decades as the landscape architecture study program developer and teacher at Eesti Maaülikool. He has been teaching also in HÄMK and different international courses in Estonia and abroad, is a co-author of the Estonian guidebook for comprehensive planning and founder of Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union.
He teaches courses about spatial and landscape planning, landscape analysis of rural areas and forest landscape planning and design.
Phone:+372 731 3139 , mob. +372 506 7931
Kadri Maikov, PhD
Kadri Maikov is a landscape architect who specializes in healing gardens. She has published a book and several papers about the matter, also has drawn the public attention to the importance of the subject. Kadri is a founder of a small landscape architecture firm that deals with universal design and outdoor spaces that require special attention (healing gardens, easily accessible design for people with special needs ect). She is a member of many professional organizations and is a member of jury in many garden competitions.
At the chair of landscape architecture Kadri is teaching presentation graphics, healing gardens and also decorative plant usage.
CV, publications and creative work. VÕTA commission member, ERASMUS coordinator and webpage designer.
Phone: +372 7313135 , mob. +372 5559 8155
Friedrich Kuhlmann, Dipl-Ing
Chief Specialist and PhD student
Dipl.-Ing. Friedrich Kuhlmann is a landscape architect from Berlin living in Tartu. He worked in different design offices in Germany, taught and researched at TU Berlin, Rostock University and Boku Vienna and also founded freelance businesses for planning and consulting. Since 2005 he worked as an extraordinary associate professor and since 2009 as an appointed professor at our department. His professional interests encircle contemporary landscape theory, urban space design and social sustainability.
Phone: +372 509 0881
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 -219
Peeter Vassiljev, MSc
Lecturer and PhD student
Peeter Vassiljev has been landscape architect since 1999. He is lecturer in planning of residential areas and landscape construction. His research interests are in the contact field of forest recreation and environmental psychology. He takes great interest in computer graphics and 3d simulation and is responsible for running the Virtual Landscape Theatre at Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is among the founding members of Estonian Landscape Arhitecture Students' Organisation and Estonian Landscape Architects' Union.
Phone: 731 3139
Gloria Niin, MSc
Junior researcher and PhD student
Gloria Niin is a lecturer and a PhD student at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She is teaching basic courses in bacelour level like General Course in Landscape Architecture, Drawing and Public Space Design. Her research is dealing with urban forest recreation and management, focusing on the improvement of environmental, social, economic and legal aspects of urban forests in Estonia. Also she has a position as a landscape architect of the university focusing on providing better opportunities for different user groups and making the outdoor space more resilient and diverse by changing the green space management practices. At her free time Gloria is an urban activist and she has a NGO together with her fellow landscape architects.
Jekaterina Balicka, MSc
Junior researcher and PhD student
Jekaterina Balicka is a Latvian landscape architect and is currently a researcher and teacher at EULS. She has work experience in Landscape Architecture offices in Riga and Berlin. Jekaterina was a project coordinator at EULS for the GreenMan project, dealing management issues of green urban spaces, together with colleagues she has also initiated and participated in the DrainForLife dealing with sustainable urban drainage systems in Estonia and Latvia. Currently Jekaterina is researcher of the BlueHealth project, which is dealing with the link of blue infrastructure and peoples health in the European cities. Her research and professional interests are temporary use of open spaces in Baltic cities, urban landscape analysis and presentation graphics in Landscape Architecture.
She is teaching in courses involving drawing, presentation graphics, urban landscape analysis and several landscape architecture studio courses.
Martti Veldi is a junior researcher in the Modcsapes Estonian team. He is responsible for the archival research and everything that has to be done concerning GIS and mapping. As an only native Estonian in the team, Martti also takes part in interviewing local people, and analysing the data collected on the fieldwork.
Martti Veldi obtained his BA (2004) and MA (2009) degrees (history and archaeology) from the University of Tartu, Estonia. His MA thesis Centres and Communication in South-Eastern Estonia during the Iron Age in the context of Early Modern Era maps explored the opportunities of interpreting Iron Age communication combining 17th century maps and data on archaeological sites.
Research interests: landscape and settlement archaeology, GIS, historical mapping, biographical approach to landscape studies, long-term landscape change
During 2007–2011 Martti worked as a senior inspector of archaeological monuments in South Estonia for the Estonian National Heritage Board. Since 2015 he has been employed as an advisor of archaeological heritage at the National Heritage Board.
Martti Veldi is a PhD student of Archaeological Heritage Management at the University of Leiden.
Oksana Zhukova 2001-2005 graduated College of Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy, specialty Green Building and Landscape Facilities.
2005-2010 graduated Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy, student of Architecture. Graduated with honors. During training, she actively participated in the different real project in Kharkiv and Kharkiv region. This projects included reconstruction urban public space, national Architectural landscape parks, memorial museums. She worked as an assistant at the Department of «Architecture and Design of Buildings and Structures of Architectural Environment».
Currently, Oksana is researcher of the MODEL project.
Tel: +372 731 3924
Ave is responsible for the administration and financial management of the chairs EU funded projects: EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 project „Linking Up Environment, Health and Climate for Inter-sector Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Rapidly Changing Environment“ (BlueHealth); HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) project “Modernist reinventions of the rural landspace” (Modscapes); Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project “TransEuropean Education for Landscape Architects” (EU-Land21)
Himansu Mishra, MSc
Junior researcher and PhD student
Himansu is a doctoral student at Estonian University of Life Sciences. He started his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Simon Bell, in 2016 on Horizon2020 EU research programme funded, interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach Ph.D. studentship in the health and well-being impact of improving access to water bodies in urban areas. He completed his Bachelor degree in Architecture from India in 2004, MSc. in Urban & Regional planning at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in 2008 and Master of Landscape Architecture at Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2016. Recently he assessed the relative contribution of residential gardens to city-wide green space services and benefits in the case of Tartu, Estonia. Previously he has investigated the responsiveness of public open spaces towards the culture around their use in the case of Granton Waterfront development at Edinburgh. He has more than ten years of experience in both consulting services and academics both in the UK and India.
Adrian is a doctoral student at Estonian University of Life Sciences. He started his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Simon Bell in 2015. He completed his MSc degree of Architecture in Lviv, Ukraine in 2014. During his Bachelor period he studied at AGH (Architecture physics department) Cracow, Poland and in Landscape architecture department of TU Wien, Austria. After the workshop with Austrian students in 2012, that took place in Odessa, Ukraine, he found himself being closer to the urban landscape architecture and discovered the relevance of the courtyard spaces in historical part of the cities. Starting from that time, this topic was the basis of his MSc' and now of his research work.
PhD student, research issue Diagnostics and distribution of dangerous fungal pathogens in forest and verdant trees
Greenspace management and Woody Plants in urban greening
Liina Jürisoo graduated Leningrad Institute of Agriculture as agronomist in horticulture, Trained further in landscape design, landscaping, arboriculture, has been teaching 10 years in several vocational schools.
Rea Sepping is involved in landscape architecture chair's third-year bachelor course Public Space Design course as a tutor, giving consultations from a practical (professional) landscape architect's perspective and participating in the bachelor grading committee. In addition she organizes additional course with Anna Maquet about village center's design what includes the involvement of residents.
I am graduated with a master of landscape architecture at the national school of architecture and landscape architecture of Lille (www.lille.archi.fr). I am working at the chair of landscape architecture of Maaülikool since 3 years as external teacher.
Courses of 2017/2018:
- Urban design project course_ 3rd year_ 1st semester (mondays 1pm-5pm)
As landscape architect, I am leading the urban design project course for the 1st semester of the 3rd year with Friedrich Kuhlmann and Rea Sepping. We are developing together with the teaching team and the students, divided in small groups, an interesting method based on personal and creative analyse. From their analyses, we are stimulating the students to create their own toolbox to design the urban public space in a complex and innovative way. This toolbox is used to build up some scenarios to imagine the possible development of the public space. The students have to include the important topics of society that a landscape architect must take into account to create new spaces of life for the city of tomorrow. From these scenarios, each student will draw his/her own individual design project to express his/her creativity and personal aesthetic. The main challenge, proposed to the 3rd year students for this 1st semester, is to find a coherent message from their analyses to the detail constructions of their design projects.
- Drawing course_ 1st year_ 1st semester (tuesdays 12pm- 2pm // fridays 10am- 2pm)
As handmade draftsman, I am assisting the drawing course during the 1st semester of the 1st year led by Jekaterina Balicka and Gloria Niin. Creative drawing, analysing sketching are some of the main tools for a designer to be able to create and communicate a design project. During the 1st semester, the new students are encouraged to practice the hand drawing first of all. This fundamental act helps them to look at the landscape and observe it carefully, to be attentive to the proportions and the different scales of the various types of sites. Students are learning how to sketch quickly a perspective, how to use different medium to express characteristics of the landscape. During this course, they have time to experiment and find out their own artistic style.