Preben Jakobsen collection






Preben 'Ben' Jakobsen (1934-2012) was a Danish born landscape architect and plantsman.

In 1993 he became the fourth member of the Landscape Institute to receive its Gold Medal. Jakobsen's family owned a nursery business and while he showed little interest in plants in his early days he later chose to study horticulture in his native Denmark. In 1953 he began studying at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, where he became interested in landscape design, eventually returning to Denmark to study landscape architecture at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Jakobsen returned to England permanently in 1961 and started work for Eric Lyons on Span housing schemes. This collaboration lasted until 1969 when he set up his own private practice with his architect wife Margaret. Jakobsen was considered one of the leading landscape architects of his time and was described by Geoffrey Jellicoe as 'a designer of outstanding ability'. He lectured on planting and planting design and contribution to 'Design with plants', edited by Brian Clouston for the Landscape Institute.

The collection contains drawings, project files, photographs and slides, office records and correspondence.

More information

  • The collection is currently being catalogued and will be available later in 2015.

    The project files and drawings are now catalogued and a pdf can be downloaded here (326 KB). More sections will be added as the cataloguing progresses.

    A draft list of the projects Jakobsen was involved in, or tendered for, are available as a pdf here (222KB)

  • Please note the collection is stored offsite, please contact us a few days in advance of your visit.

  • Reference number: AR JAK

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