Landscape architect Berno Strootman was appointed as Chief Government Advisor on the Built and Rural Environment by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on 1 September 2016. As a member of the Board of Government Advisors, he advises on spatial programmes and projects of the State and of other parties involved in the future of the (cultural) landscape and water management. For example, he is involved in the consequences on the landscape caused by the energy transition and the elaboration and implementation of the Delta Programme.
Berno Strootman is the founder and managing director of Strootman Landschapsarchitecten and has ample experience as a designer with a broad range of spatial assignments. He has worked on strategic assignments and the translation thereof into tangible measures. He also worked on a large number of water-related assignments, varying from the IJsselmeer area Delta Programme, integral stream restoration assignments for district water boards and urban assignments with a significant water component.
In addition, he has a lot of experience with designing parks and country estates, nature development and urban development plans. Dealing with cultural heritage in spatial plans is an important point of attention for him. From 2006-2010, Strootman was the chairman of the Belvedere Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Architecture Fund. Moreover, he regularly is a member of juries, is a supervisor, guest lecturer, publishes on landscape architecture and has won various prizes with his firm.