Teresa Andresen is the winner of the 1st edition of the Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles award. The landscape architect received the trophy in the shape of a tree, by the sculptor Luís Cruz, for her intervention in the areas of environmental sustainability and urban landscape in Portugal.
The ceremony took place on the 10th of January at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and was attended by the Mayor of Lisbon – Fernando Medina, the President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Isabel Mota and the Rector of the University of Lisbon – António Manuel Serra.
The Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles Prize is an initiative of the Higher Institute of Agronomy of the University of Lisbon, the Royal Cause, the Order of Engineers and the Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects (where Teresa Andresen was president).
The distinction, created in 2019, aims to pay tribute to the systemic vision and civic intervention of landscape architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, as well as to elect annually the personality who stands out in vanguardist and transformative interventions in the environment and landscape, with a life path strongly linked to the service of the common good.
The winner, Teresa Andresen, has a vast professional and academic career. She was behind the foundation of the landscape architecture course of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (where she taught between 2002 and 2014), she was a member of the scientific council of the European Environment Agency from 2002 to 2008 and even took part in the elaboration of the candidature of the demarcated region of the Douro for UNESCO World Heritage. She currently holds the position of chairman of the board of the Portuguese Association of Historic Gardens.