Landscape Architecture

New Leadership for the Department of Landscape Architecture

For over 50 years Penn has been the world's leading school of landscape architecture. Previous Chairs Ian McHarg, Anne Whiston Spirn, John Dixon Hunt and James Corner have all radically expanded and refined landscape architecture's intellectual, creative and professional scope. Penn's alumni have fanned out across the globe and are leaders in the field.

This legacy has been instrumental in positioning landscape architecture globally as a profession on the ascendancy, a profession that is now central to negotiating some of the 21st century's greatest challenges. These challenges range from designing urban places that edify the human spirit to planning large-scale territories that productively interweave ecological and infrastructural systems.

To be able to work effectively in this expansive field landscape architects require wide-ranging creative and critical intelligence. They require historical knowledge and depth. They require technical precision and compelling representational skills. Above all, they require initiative and inspiration.
Because of its legacy, because of its exceptional faculty and because of its genuine devotion to ‘one-on-one' studio based teaching, Penn is able to offer an elite group of students these very qualities.

As you will see in the work of our current and recently graduated students, Penn continues to offer an unparalleled design education in landscape architecture.

Richard Weller,
Professor and Chairman 
Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism