Maria Ignatieva

Maria Ignatieva, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Maria is also the Honorary Doctor of St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University and the Vice-President (Biodiversity and Design aspects) of URBIO (Urban Biodiversity and Design) network.

Maria was born in Leningrad (St.Petersburg), Russia. She graduated from the Landscape Architecture Program at Leningrad State Forest Technical University and received her PhD from Moscow State University. In Russia (St. Petersburg), then in the USA (SUNY ESF, Syracuse, New York), New Zealand (Lincoln University) and now in Sweden Maria is working on the investigation of different urban ecosystems and developing principles of ecological design. Her latest FORMAS project is dedicated to the lawn as cultural and ecological phenomenon and symbol of globalization ( Another research and teaching interest is history of landscape architecture, restoration and conservation of historical parks and gardens.

Dr. Ignatieva has numerous peer-reviewed publications. Her latest contribution to the Landscape Architecture is the book “Gardens of the Old and New World” which has received the National Award in Russian Landscape Architecture in the category “the best publication of the year 2013”.