The Landscape Architecture of Richard Weller

Richard Weller Headshot

Glyn Davis Building (MSD), The Univeristy of Melbourne, Masson Road, Parkville

  • Exhibition & Talk Series

The Faculty of Achitecture, Building and Planning is pleased to host an exhibition and series of talks featuring the work of  Professor Richard Weller.

What's on

Public Lecture
Tue 31 Oct, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
B117 Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (MSD)

This public lecture presents a survey of Richard Weller’s wide-ranging and iconoclastic body of work produced across the course of an academic and professional career in landscape architecture. The lecture revolves around material selected from the associated exhibition ‘Odds & Ends’ which draws on Weller’s recent monograph 'An Art of Instrumentality' (ORO Editions, 2023), and his forthcoming book 'To the Ends of the Earth: A Grand Tour for the 21st century' (Birkhauser, 2024).

Please join us in the Dulux Gallery  after the lecture for some light refreshments from 7:30pm.

ODDS & ENDS: The Landscape Architecture of Richard Weller
Mon 30 Oct - Thur 2 Nov, 10am to 4pm daily
Dulux Gallery, Glyn Davis Building (MSD)

The exhibition showcase will be set in two parts. The first, 'Odds' presents a survey of Richard Weller's wide-ranging design practice and academic research. The second, 'Ends' shows 120 places drawn from Weller's forthcoming book 'To the Ends of the Earth: A grand tour for the 21st century'. Supported by text from Associate Professor Jillian Walliss, this two-part exhibition charts the extraordinary breadth and depth of Weller’s creative work over a 40-year period.

Floor Talk
Thur 2 Nov, 3:30pm - 5pm
Dulux Gallery, Glyn Davis Building (MSD)

In this floor talk, Richard Weller will lead viewers through a sweeping summation of his career, candidly discussing the ideas, motivations and methods behind his internationally acclaimed work and engaging as much as possible with comments and questions from attendees. Chaired by Naomi Barun, Victorian President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

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About the speaker

Richard Weller is professor and former chair of landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, where he (together with Fritz Steiner) established the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. He is co-founder (with Tatum Hands) and former creative director of LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, founding director (with Vladimir Sitta) of Australian design firm Room 4.1.3., and holds adjunct professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of New South Wales.

In 2012 he received an Australian national teaching award for a sustained to commitment to design education, and in 2017 and 2018 he was listed by Design Intelligence as one of the top 25 most respected design educators in America. His work has been frequently awarded in international design competitions and exhibited internationally, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Venice and Rotterdam Biennales, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the MAXXI Gallery in Rome, the Canadian Design Museum in Toronto, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

His publications include Room 4.1.3: Innovations in Landscape Architecture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), Boomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City (University of Western Australia Press, 2009), Made in Australia: The Future of Australian Cities (UWAP, 2013), Transects (ORO Editions, 2014), Design with Nature Now (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2019), Beautiful China: Reflections on Landscape Architecture in Contemporary China (ORO Editions, 2020), The Landscape Project (AR+D Publishing, 2022), and An Art of Instrumentality (ORO Editions, 2023).

‘The Atlas for the End of the World,’ Weller’s recent research work on biodiversity and cities, has been published in National Geographic and Scientific American, while his related research and design project to establish a ‘World Park’ is currently being considered for implementation by UNESCO. His forthcoming publication To the Ends of the Earth: A Grand Tour for the 21st century will be published by Birkhauser in Spring 2024.

The Melbourne School of Design and the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning acknowledges the generous support of the David Yencken Trust.

'´╗┐Footnotes' Exhibition Floor Talk presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.