Professional archives of landscape architect De Josselin de Jong gifted to the Library

Published on
September 20, 2011

At the start of 2011, the family of Frank de Josselin de Jong gifted his professional archive to Wageningen UR Library’s Special Collections. We’re extremely happy with this archive, and it’s a welcome addition to the collection.

The gift contains documents from the projects that De Josselin de Jong worked on. Most of the documents focus on the planning of urban public spaces, but some are designs for private gardens. Notes for lectures and courses are also part of the collection as well as several articles by him. The Frank de Josselin de Jong Collection is the first in the garden and landscape architecture section of Special Collections to contain digital documents.

Landscape architect Frank de Josselin de Jong died on 6 January 2010 at 56 years of age. He graduated in 1979 from the former Agricultural College. His career began at Tuin- en Landscharchitectenburo Utrecht, where he worked on several projects including the expansion of Houten. He was then involved in the development of the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam and also designed Leidsche Rijn’s outdoor space for the municipality of Utrecht. From 1998 to 2001, he worked for H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten.In the last years of his career he worked as an independent advisor. He organised lectures on garden design and emphasised the importance of closer contact between garden designers and landscape architects. Starting in 2009, he was also worked an historical gardens advisor for the Government Buildings Agency (RGD).

In addition to his work in the field, De Josselin de Jong was active in education, starting in 1988. He taught at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) in Utrecht, the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, Wageningen University (2002-2005) and Delft University of Technology.

(newsletter 5-2011)