AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has announced Richard Weller as the creative director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra, Australia. Australian-born Weller is the Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).
2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress will be the main event of the Festival program to be held from 27-29 October 2016. Festival programs are designed to educate, inspire and engage landscape architects, students, universities, government, the community and the public. Events for the 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture in Festival in Canberra will be wide ranging and include a Research Summit, Student Charrette, Welcome Reception, a two-day IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, the AILA National Awards Gala Dinner, public talks, tours and exhibitions. It expects to attract 500 delegates from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
Prior to taking up the position at Penn (having succeeded James Corner in 2013), Weller was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. With Vladimir Sitta (Terragram) he was also Director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 who designed the controversial, Garden of Australia Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This renowned garden will host the Welcome Reception for the 2016 Festival.