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Teaching and research staff

Simon Bell, PhD
Chair Professor
Recreation, landscape and visual impact assessment
CV
simon.bell@emu.ee
Phone: +372 731 3136, +372 505 6106
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 218

Simon Bell began his career in forestry with a bachelor degree from the University of Bangor, Wales, and then earned a master degree in landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh. He worked for the British Forestry Commission for over 20 years, specializing in the design of forest landscapes and their recreational uses before moving into academia. He worked in the USA, Canada, various European countries and Russia as a consultant on large-scale forest and recreational landscape projects. Simon's research and project work brought him to the Baltics in the early 2000s. He conducted his doctoral research in Latvia, obtaining his PhD from the Estonian University of life Sciences. He has been teaching and researching in Estonia since 2005. In 2009, he became the professor and head of the landscape architecture department and in 2018 the Chair professor. In 2011, an international master programme in landscape architecture was opened under Simon’s leadership. He teaches courses on large- scale planning and design and supervises many master and PhD students. Between 2012 and 2018 he was President of ECLAS (European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools). Simon has published numerous books and research articles. He also teaches and researches part time at the University of Edinburgh, in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

 

Mart Külvik, PhD
Professor 
Biodiversity and environmental planning. Nature conservation policy and planning.
CV
mart.kylvik@emu.ee
Phone: +372 7313 772 
Kreutzwaldi 5-2C18

 

Mart Külvik is a biologist, landscape ecologist and conservationist. He worked in the Department of Architecture of Tartu City Government as an urban ecologist, in the Ministry of the Environment, and acted as an environmental activist (ELF, Green Movement, etc.), also in administrative (Tartu City Council, Estonian Congress) and academic decision-making bodies.
Research topics are related to the eco-green network, valuable habitats, management of various aspects of biodiversity, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions.

 

Mari Nõmmela, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus, Chief Specialist
Landscaping, historic sites and monuments
CV
mari.nommela@emu.ee
Phone: +372 731 3135
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 221

Mari graduated from the University of Tartu as a teacher of history and social studies, specialising in art history. She 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 in 1998. She teaches subjects related to historical areas and 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 creations at solo and general exhibitions.

 

Kadri Maikov, PhD
Lecturer
AutoCAD 2D and 3D, Vectorworks 2D, 3D, and landscape modelling, plant design, healing gardens, garden design
CV
kadri.maikov@emu.ee
Phone: +372 731 3135, +372 5559 8155
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 221

Landscape architect Kadri Maikov is a specialist of ’healing gardens’. She has published a book in 2011 based on environmental psychology. Kadri has been  with the landscape architecture department since 1997, as a lecturer starting in 2000. She has given speciality courses and lectures in Finland, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Lithuania etc universities. Kadri supervises master's thesis and is full member of the Master's thesis evaluation committee. She manages hospital-related collaborative projects. Kadri is also the founder of the Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union, is environmental psychology workgroup member. She is also a horticulturist jury member for many competitions. Alongside teaching she has been involved in her own company since 2005. Kadri holds AutoDesk Badge till 1.02.2022. Her creativity work is shown in personal exhibitions. She is also frequently an invited lecturer at public events.
 

Joanna Tamar Storie, PhD
Researcher, Head of Landscape Architecture Master Programs
Local landscapes
CV
joannatamar.storie@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 224

Joanna is a lecturer from the UK and gained her PhD from the Estonian University of Life Sciences with her thesis, “When peace and quiet is not enough: examining the challenges communities face in Estonian and Latvian rural landscapes”. She is interested in public participation in local landscapes and she teaches the Strategic Local Planning course.
 

Liina Jürisoo, PhD
Lecturer
Woody plants
CV
liina.jyrisoo@emu.ee
Phone: +372 5801 7595

Liina is a lecturer specializing in trees and woody plans in the landscape. She originally graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Agriculture as an agronomist in horticulture. She trained further in landscape design, landscaping, arboriculture, and was teaching for over 10 years in several vocational schools. She defended her PhD thesis on forest pathology “Distribution of and damages by Dutch elm disease agents in Northeastern Europe” in 2021. In Estonian University of Life Sciences she is teaching the courses of Woody plants in landscaping, Maintenance of green areas, Inventory of woody plants.
 

Toomas Muru, MSc
Chief Specialist, Manager of the Chair
Spatial planning, landscape planning
CV
toomas.muru@emu.ee
Phone: +372 731 3139, +372 506 7931
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 225

Toomas is a landscape architect who obtained his landscape architecture education at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Wageningen University and Eesti Maaülikool. He also has a forestry education from Estonia. He worked as a private consultant at an Estonian planning company and then for the last 25 years as the landscape architecture study programme developer and teacher at Eesti Maaülikool. He has also been teaching in HÄMK and on different international courses in Estonia and abroad, he is a co-author of the Estonian guidebook for comprehensive planning, founder of Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union and member of the landscape architecture professional qualifications committee of Estonia. His professional focus is on spatial and landscape planning, landscape analysis of rural areas and forest landscape planning and design.
 

Friedrich Kuhlmann, Dipl.-Ing.
Chief Specialist
Landscape theory, urban space design
CV
friedrich.kuhlmann@emu.ee
Phone: +372 509 0881
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 219

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. He has taught and researched in the chair since 2005. He teaches courses about urban planning and design, contemporary landscape theory and supervises bachelor and master students. His professional interests encircle contemporary landscape theory, urban space design and social sustainability.
 

Peeter Vassiljev, MSc
Lecturer
Spatial planning, environmental psychology
CV
peeter.vassiljev@emu.ee
Phone: +372 731 3139
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 225

Peeter Vassiljev is a lecturer in planning and landscape construction. His research interests are in the field of forest recreation, behaviour observation in green areas and environmental psychology in general. He takes great interest in computer graphics and 3D simulation and is responsible for running the Virtual Landscape Theatre. He is among the founding members of the Estonian Landscape Architecture Students' Organisation and Estonian Landscape Architects' Union. He teaches courses on spatial and landscape planning, construction and environmental psychology.
 

Martti Veldi, PhD
Lecturer
Landscape archaeologist
CV
martti.veldi@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 219

Martti Veldi is a landscape archeologist and lecturer. He teaches courses in heritage management and advises on the use of geographic information systems (GIS). He was researcher on the Modscapes project. He is also an inspector in the Estonian Heritage Board. Research interests: landscape and settlement archaeology, GIS, historical mapping, biographical approach to landscape studies, long-term landscape change.
 

Gloria Niin, MSc
Teacher, Working Environment Commissioner
CV
gloria.niin@emu.ee
Phone: +372 525 8172
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 220

Gloria teaches courses on the bachelor programme such as the General Course in Landscape Architecture, Drawing and Public Space Design. She also had 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. In her free time Gloria is an urban activist and she has a NGO together with her fellow landscape architects.
 

Anna Maria Järvsalu, MSc
Appointed teacher
anna.jarvsalu@emu.ee

 

Anna Maria has a bachelor's degree from Tallinn University of Technology and a master's degree from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She also works at a landscape architectural company, preparing various landscape construction projects and detailed plans. At EMÜ, she teaches design project courses at both bachelor's and master's levels.
 

Hele Möllits, MSc
Appointed Teacher
Public space design
hele.mollits@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 220

 

Hele Möllits has acquired a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (2002), a master's degree in the same field at Tallinn University of Technology (2008) and supplemented her education at the Luua Forestry School (2018) in the specialty of woody plant inventory. Hele has been working professionally in the private sector since 2006 as a landscape architect, for the last 11 years in the office she founded. Hele is a member of the Estonian Association of Landscape Architects (EMAL) and belongs to the working group of the creative committee. She has been a member of the jury of the Good Public Space architecture competition. As a landscape architect, Hele is more specialized in designing public areas and preparing dendrological assessments. Hele holds a license of landscape architect (level 7) and a master arborist (level 5). Her professional passion is for wildlife and the relationships between different species, which will eventually play an important part in the final solution of a project. She currently teaches public space design.
 

Liisi Tamm, MSc
Appointed teacher
liisi.tamm@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 220


Liisi Tamm completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in landscape architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. During her studies, she improved her skills at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. After her studies, she did an internship in Italy for a few months. Liisi conducts the drawing course and assists the Advanced Graphic Presentation course.


 

Jekaterina Balicka, MSc
Chief Specialist
/contract temporarily suspended/
CV

 



Jekaterina is a Latvian landscape architect, currently a researcher and teacher. She has work experience from offices in Riga and Berlin. She was a project coordinator for the GreenMan project, dealing with management issues of green urban spaces, researcher for the BlueHealth project, which dealt with the link of blue infrastructure and people's 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.

Shimin Huang, MSc
Guest Teacher
shimin.huang@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 224

 


Shimin is a teacher from China who obtained her M.Sc. in European Urban Studies from Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany and her B.Eng. in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from Guangzhou University, China. She tutors on several courses. 
 

Anna Wilczyńska, MSc
Junior Researcher
CV
anna.wilczynska@emu.ee
Phone: +372 5684 5110
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 224

Wilczynska obtained her MSc in Landscape Architecture at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW) in Poland. She is a landscape architect, junior researcher, and tutor. She is a PhD candidate at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and a board member of the Miastodwa Cultural Association. Anna’s focus is on public involvement in landscape planning and design, participatory GIS use, urban activism, sustainable city planning and design, urban wastelands as well as perception of ecosystem services.
 

Kaja Kärp, MSc
Chair Assistant
/contract temporarily suspended/


 

 

Kaja obtained a degree in landscape architecture from the Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2018 and has had further training at the University of Genoa in Italy. She manages the daily proceedings of the chair, teaches the general course in landscape architecture and courses in drawing and urban landscape design.

Sandra Elisabeth Saar
Chair Assistant
Managing the chair’s daily proceedings
sandra.saar@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 225

Sandra is the bachelor student of Environmental Planning and Landscape Design. As Chair Assistant she manages and coordinates the activities of the chair. She’s also a boarb member of the ELASO (Estonian Landscape Architecture Student Organization).
 

Mana Taheri Talesh, MSc
Specialist, Coordinator of studies and public relations

mana.taheri@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 224

 

 

Mana obtained her M.Sc. in Landscape Architecture from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, and her BSc. in Architecture from Azad University, Iran. As a specialist at the Chair of Landscape Architecture, she supports the international master students, tutors on some courses and helps with chair promotion. 
 

Fiona Nevzati, MSc
PhD Student, ELB coordinator
CV
fiona.nevzati@emu.ee
Kreutzwaldi 56/3 – 224

 

Fiona is a PhD student who obtained her MSc in Architecture and Design from the Izmir University of Economics, Turkey, and her BSc in Architecture and Design from the American College Skopje, North Macedonia. Her doctoral research topic is “Human Well-Being Supporting Ecosystem Services along the Urban Gradient (Urban-Rural-Wilderness). Her study’s objective is to develop a conceptual framework for assessing the connection between ecosystem services and human well-being in the urban-rural-wilderness gradient and green infrastructure context. Green infrastructure with ecosystem services within the domain of landscape architecture research methodologies being the main scope to approach socio-cultural values in the urban-rural-wilderness gradient. Her previous work and research project include topics regarding Biophilic Design, Interior Architecture,  Educational and Residential Environments, Student’s Well-Being, Environmental Psychology, etc.

 

Merle Karro-Karlberg, MSc
Specialist
WAVE projekti kaasamine
merlekar@gmail.com