IFLA President's Award presented to Prof. Fritz Auweck

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Award for many years of professional commitment on the international stage

On 18 August 2021, at the 57th World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects IFLA in George Town, Malaysia, a ceremony took place: IFLA President James Hayter announced that Prof. Fritz Auweck, bdla International Spokesperson, delegate of the German Federal Chamber of Architects to IFLA and Germany's representative to IFLA for many years, would receive the IFLA President's Award. The IFLA President's Award is presented by the IFLA President in recognition of an outstanding personality who, through his or her voluntary commitment within IFLA, has fundamentally determined and changed the profession of landscape architecture worldwide.

In Munich, some 12,000 kilometres away, the President of the Federal Chamber of Architects, Andrea Gebhard, presented the certificate to the honouree in a virtual ceremony. In her speech, she emphasized that Fritz Auweck's commitment, his integrity and his fervent passion for landscape architecture are exemplary throughout the world and have brought great benefits to the profession.

Andrea Gebhard, President of the Federal Chamber of Architects, presents Fritz Auweck with the award. Photo: BAK/IFLA

Fritz Auweck, landscape architect bdla and professor at the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences from 1985 to 2019, was elected by the advisory board of the bdla as spokesperson for international cooperation in 2004. From 2008 to 2009 he held the office of President of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture EFLA, now IFLA Europe. He was a member of the IFLA Professional Practice Committee and more recently he has been chairing an IFLA Working Group to develop a new global definition of the profession of landscape architecture, coordinating the results with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

"Throughout his long and extraordinary career in landscape architecture, Prof. Auweck has pursued with passion and dedication three main interests: education, professional practice, and volunteer work for the profession," IFLA said in recognition of his achievements.

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Auweck drew attention to a/his new challenge: "Worldwide professional recognition is a big task and can only be solved step by step. This will be the next activity of the Professional Standards Working Group."

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