Eelco Hooftman, founding partner with Bridget Baines of GROSS. MAX. Landscape Architects integrates theory and practice of landscape architecture in an extensive output of (international) projects and award winning competition designs. Current projects include a Master Plan for Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, an 800 hectare park in Chengdu, China and the transformation of the former Tempelhof Airport Berlin into a new public park.
Between 1990 – 2008 Eelco taught at the School of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and was co-founder of an innovative post graduate program Art, Space and Nature. Eelco has been a regular visiting critic at the AA London, Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam and ETH Zurich and is the first landscape architect to be selected as member of the Royal Society of the Arts in Scotland.
The work of GROSS. MAX. has been awarded the European landscape Award 2006 by Topos Magazine and Public Realm Architect of the Year 2010 by Building Design. Collaborations include Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and (former Future Systems) Amanda Levete Architects as well as with planting designer Piet Oudolf and artist Mark Dion. According to Eelco Hooftman the work of GROSS. MAX. combines a Dutch sense of experiment with a British sense of humor and a German sense of rigor.