Reynir Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík (Reykjavík, 1934). He is one of the pioneers of landscape architecture in Iceland and he has paved the way for almost 80 landscape architects with professional procedures, incredible productivity and a passion for his job to this day. In April 2013 Reynir celebrated 50 years of continuous practice in Iceland, but before he had worked for two years in Denmark after graduating from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Reynir Vilhjálmsson studied horticulture at The State Horticultural School in Reykir in Iceland and graduated in 1953. From there he went to Denmark and studied at The Royal School of Horticulture and from 1956 at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Reynir received guidance from Professor C. Th. Sorensen and finished his studies in 1961. While studying at the Academy, Reynir started working for landscape architects Agnete Muusfeldt and Erik Mygind in Denmark in 1956 and did so through his years of studies and for two more years after graduation. In 1963 he started his own practice in Iceland, Teiknistofa Reynis Vilhjálmssonar. He teamed up with architects and civil engineers for the first masterplan for Reykjavík and was incorporated in large residential planning projects, that today still stand out as good environment. Þráinn Hauksson joined the operation in 1989, and in 1999, Landslag ehf. was founded and partners have grown in numbers since then. Reynir was one of the five founders of the Federation of Icelandic Landscape Architects in 1978 and was the first president of the federation. Reynir has received many awards for his work. He was nominated for a Rosa Barba European Landscape prize in 2003 where he received “a special mention”. His work has been published in textbooks and professional journals around the world, including Topos, the Danish magazine Landskab and paiseaDos in Spain. In 2004 an exhibition and a seminar was held covering Reynir Vilhjálmssons career so far. In 2010 he was awarded the Icelandic Order of the Falcon by the president of Iceland for his pioneer work on physical planning and landscape design.
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