Professor and Chair; Co-Director, Ian L. McHarg Center
Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign.
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. He is former director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 and the Australian Urban Design Research Center. His research projects have involved scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations. His current research concerns urbanization in the world’s biodiversity hotspots. In over 30 years practice he has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design. He has published 4 books and over 90 single-authored papers. Weller sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation ( (LAF) in Washington and is the founder and 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 “sustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems.” He teaches in three subject areas: advanced design studios at all scales, urban design history and theory, and historical and contemporary ideas of Nature. Weller’s designs, research and writing can be found here.