Richard Weller Among DesignIntelligence’s ‘Most Admired Educators’

Richard Weller Among DesignIntelligence’s ‘Most Admired Educators’

For the second consecutive year, PennDesign’s Richard Weller has been named to the roster of “Most Admired Educators” in landscape architecture in the latest annual report from DesignIntelligence. Weller is Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, professor and chair of landscape architecture, and co-executive director of The Ian L. McHarg Center for Ecology and Urbanism.

The Department of Landscape Architecture earned PennDesign the second spot in the nation among the “Top 25 Most Admired Schools” and “Most Hired From Schools” for landscape architecture.

Each year, DesignIntelligence publishes a report on America’s Top-Ranked Architecture & Design Schools, based on a survey of more than 6,000 hiring professionals, 350 academics, and 500 students in the US. In the report, the organization also honors excellence in architecture and design education, and education administration, by naming outstanding professionals in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. The “Most Admired Educators” are selected by DesignIntelligence staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students.

Weller is praised in the report for “pushing boundaries and thought in a variety of directions” and for his “distinctive interpretation of contemporary landscape and urbanism.”

Weller is not the first PennDesign faculty member recognized for excellence in DesignIntelligence’s annual report. Marilyn Jordan Taylor, professor of architecture and urban design and former dean of the School, and Winka Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and chair of architecture, were selected in 2015.

The Department of Architecture has consistently earned PennDesign a place among the Top 25 Most Admired Schools for graduate study. It was ranked 11th on the list for 2018-19.

The full report is online at