Richard Weller Chair of Landscape Architecture,
University of Pennsylvania
Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (PennDesign). He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and former Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC).
He has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design. Throughout his career he has worked simultaneously as an academic and a consultant specializing in the formative stages of projects ranging from gardens to plazas, memorials, museums, suburbs and waterfronts. His research projects have involved scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations and his current work concerns the application of global United Nations (CBD) biodiversity targets.
He has published 4 books, over 90 single-authored papers and is the Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+.
A devoted teacher he was honored with an Australian National Teaching Award in 2012 for “for sustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems”.
His leadership activities pertain to maintaining landscape architecture at Penn as the pre-eminent laboratory of landscape architectural design innovation in the world and building the discipline’s capacity through his role on the Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington.
Currently he is Creative Director for the 2016 Australian Festival of Landscape architecture “Not in My Backyard”.