Roeland (1986) grew up in the small village of Altforst in Gelderland. At the age of 16 he moved to Nijmegen where he followed a civil engineering education as a gardener. After this training, he continued his bachelor studies at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Velp, where he graduated cum laude in 2012 in landscape architecture. Roeland is currently working on his master in landscape architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Since October 2017 Roeland has been working for OKRA. As a designer he is interested in the relationship between cities ‘the city’ and her hinterland ‘the landscape’. Due to the strong population growth, this mutual relationship has changed radically in the past century. In his view, future urbanization is therefore a challenging and inspiring task. As a designer, he is convinced that this assignment not only takes place in the city, but also demands a new perspective on our landscape. How are we going to design the landscape in the coming 10, 20 or 50 years so that inspiring usage spaces are created?