Erich has been working in the fields of landscape and environment for nearly 30 years and working in the golf industry for over 20 years throughout Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.
Starting with a apprentice diploma as a Landscape Gardner in 1989 he continued to work as a landscape construction foreman before going on to study landscape architecture, finishing with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1998. Following this, he worked with Harradine Golf in Dubai and Jeff Howes Golf Design in Ireland.
In 1999 he returned to work in more mainstream landscape architecture for a year with Metron Landschaft and successfully finished a post-graduate diploma in Project Management. In 2001 he joined Eric Schweizer Seeds AG, founding the Swiss Turf Grass Institute and becoming managing director one year later.
Following this experience in golf and turfgrass management Erich founded his own landscape architecture firm Steiner & Partner Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH in 2004. Together with David Bily and Roman Lampart, the company consults in the field of landscape architecture and golf course architecture, focusing more and more on golf design and environmental issues.
In 2009 he completed a Masters in Sports Surface Technologies at Cranfield University (UK) with a thesis on sustainable golf course management and continues to work as a golf course architect and environmental specialist within the industry both in Switzerland and abroad.
As director he manages the day-to-day operation of the company and has a hand in every aspect of each project. Steiner & Partner tries to find solutions which have minimal impact on the environment, provide easy maintenance for the greenkeeper and maximize the area of natural habitat for local flora and fauna. Although the layout must be interesting and challenging, their design philosophy is more focused on the big picture, on the site and the importance of integrating the golf facility into the existing landscape.
Erich has been engaged in numerous other associations and organisations for many years, mostly notably as environmental delegate for the Swiss Golf Association since 2005, environmental delegate for the European Golf association from 2005-2011 and member of the Golf Course Committee of the R&A from 2007-2011. He has been closely associated with the golf and environment movement for nearly 20 years, working with Committed to Green and then GEO in a number of roles. At present he is a GEOSA responsible for verifying Legacy Developments.
Furthermore he is an instructor for the Turf Grass Specialist Diploma for JardinSuisse in Switzerland, lecturing on golf course architecture, construction and standards. He has also lectured on golf course architecture, best practice management and environmental issues for the Swiss PGA and the Swiss Greenkeeper Association.
Erich is a board member of FEGGA since 2015 and continues to push for sustainability and a healthy relationship between professions within the golf industry.
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