Three new Members and four new Associates joined the ranks of EIGCA at their Annual Meeting held in St Andrews in April.
Jeff Howes from Ireland; Volker Pà¼schel from Germany; Jorge Santana da Silva from Portugal became Members. Peter Fjà¤llman from Sweden; Rolf-Stephan Hansen from Germany; Libor Jirasek from Czech Republic and Edwin Roald from Iceland became Associates.
Seven student members: Gary Johnston, Ying Kang, Jari Koivusalo, Cees Van Nieuwenhuizen, Brian Noble, Jose Agustin Pizà¡ and Stephen Ridgway, joined the Institute as Graduates having successfully completed their Masters programme.
Rainer Preissmann, chairman of EIGCA’s Membership Committee, said, “We are simply delighted to have more professional architects joining us. The strength of EIGCA lies in the contributions of its membership and it is reassuring that that is growing steadily. Our recruits are coming from our student education programmes as well as directly from the practising profession itself.”
From over 60 enquiries from all over the world, the Education Board of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects selected from interview some sixteen candidates for their new EIGCA Post Graduate Diploma Course, which commences in August 2005.
The sixteen now join the Institute as Student members. They come from 11 different countries – Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom – three women and thirteen men.
The two-year part-time course, held at five centres of residential seminars in England, Germany, Scotland and Portugal, is a mixture of design studies and workshops, specialist teaching by Institute Members and the industry, primarily EIGCA Sponsors, and course visits, and in between each two week seminar, project work, dissertation, essays and reading will form an essential part of the programme.
The course begins at the EIGCA Headquarters and Guildford College in Surrey in August and lasts until summer 2007 with the final seminar in St Andrews.
Howard Swan, Chairman of the Institute’s Education Board, added, “We are extremely pleased to have had so much interest in the course from all over the world. The sixteen selected students are of the highest quality and we look forward to their joining the Institute and contributing towards the evolution of our profession. Education and training remains at the core of the Institute’s philosophy in representing over 100 professional and practising architects through some 30 countries.”