Pim Kupers

Landscape architect

Pim Kupers (1986) studied landscape architecture at Wageningen University from 2004 to 2011. Part of his study was an exchange at the Leibniz University of Hanover. His graduation focused on climate adaptation strategies for small low-lying islands, extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. Through workshops he has drawn up a "resilient island plan" with the local residents. After completing his studies, he worked as a freelancer for a year, after which he spent five years at IAA Architects where he won the Eo Wijers Prize and worked on several other projects. Pim has been working at H+N+S Landscape Architects since November 2017.

Energy transition and carbon storage

Pim has a passion for everything that has to do with sustainability: the circular economy, energy transition, carbon storage and the climate-proof city. In 2015, he followed an extensive course on ‘urban climate’ in which designing on flooding, heat stress and wind nuisance were central. For H+N+S Landscape Architects, he worked on an exploration of solar energy for the municipality of Enschede, the course document for solar and wind energy for the province of Overijssel, various solar parks and a number of Regional Energy Strategies. In addition, Pim is working on various projects that focus on storing carbon in the soil, nature and vegetation. This started with his advisory role at the ‘Agriculture and Land Use’ table for the national climate agreement about the opportunities that the landscape and its challenges offer for storing carbon. He also worked with Buiting Advies for an integrated strategy for carbon storage in roadsides of motorways and he advised the province of Gelderland for their forest strategy, among other things.

The beauty of the infrastructure design

Complex technical tasks challenge Pim. He knows how to communicate them straightforwardly and translate them into a qualitative landscape design. For example, in the last two years he has worked on the elaboration of the N69 from Veldhoven to Belgium. In addition to drawing up the landscape design, he was also responsible for monitoring spatial quality goals within the project and reporting to the client and local government as Spatial Quality Manager. With this ‘Greenest road of Brabant’, the elaboration is mainly about minimizing the impact of the road on the valuable environment. To this end, extra investments are made in ecological connections across, under and along the road and herb verges along the entire route contribute to the nesting and migration of insects.

A very different side of Pim is his interest in people. With empathy, involving stakeholders, asking the right questions and offering a listening ear, he receives all the necessary information and is a pleasant cooperating partner in a project team.

In his leisure time, Pim is active in scouting as a coach and is involved in landscape and architectural photography

Projects

Project

Energie-opwekking in de landschappen van Overijssel

  • Sustainable Region
  • Energy & Space
Project

Nieuwe Verbinding N69

  • Infrastructure
Project

Climate measures for a liveable landscape

  • Energy & Space
Project

Klimaatmaatregelen Leefbaar Landschap

  • Energy & Space