Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 United Nations biodiversity targets.
He has published four 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 leading the landscape architecture at Penn and building the discipline’s capacity through his role on the Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington.