Richard Weller, the new Chairman of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design gave a recent lecture at PennDesign titled An Art of Instrumentality. Weller gives a view into his work from 1990 to the present. (Video 1hr 27mins – Weller’s lecture starts at approx 5 min)
Recently, Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design announced that Richard Weller has been recommended as Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Pending final University approval, Weller will assume Chairmanship January 2013, a position currently held by Professor James Corner, who has led the program since 2000.
Weller, who has taught and practiced landscape architecture for over 25 years, was previously the Winthrop Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Director of both the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and the design firm Room 4.1.3.
The familiar purview of design as it relates to the built environment is the making of space in a material and experiential sense. This shaping of physical urban form is the accumulated product of a range of disciplinary capacities and expertise – architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, fine arts and communication design among many others. Professional capacity, in this context, is most often deployed in response to the explicit demands or implicit desires of a client or program, characterizing design primarily as a responsive, service-based method.
Urbanized, feature-length documentary by Gary Hustwit was recently shown at University of Pennsylvania. Afterwards, a panel conversation took place between Gary Hustwit, James Corner and Ricky Burdett chaired by Marilyn Jordan Taylor (Dean of PennDesign). The 40 minute conversation was caught on film and published by PennDesign for our viewing pleasure.