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Udo Weilacher

“Between Land Art and Landscape Architecture”

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Technical University of Munich, Mellon Senior Practitioner Resident, Spring 2017

Udo Weilacher is professor of Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Munich TUM. He was professionally trained as a gardener, studied landscape architecture in Munich and at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He graduated from TUM and holds a PhD from the ETH Zurich. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary art and design, including Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art (second edition, 1999),  Visionary Gardens – Modern Landscapes by Ernst Cramer (2001), In Gardens. Profiles of Contemporary European Landscape Architecture and Syntax of Landscape (2005) and The Landscape Architecture of Peter Latz and Partners (2008), which was awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize 2011 by the Foundation of Landscape Studies.

Udo has taught at the universities of Karlsruhe, Hannover, and Munich and the ETH in Zurich, lecturing worldwide and organizing international symposia and exhibitions on environmental art and landscape architecture. Since 2007, he is a member of the International Doctoral College “Spatial Research Lab”—an interdisciplinary initiative involving five European Universities—and, since 2009, is a member of the advisory board of the Centre of Garden Art and Landscape Architecture (CGL) at the Leibniz University in Hannover. In 2013, he joined the advisory board of the European Land and Art Network (ELAN), an initiative that brings together organisations, artists, academics, experts, and students of several European countries.

Udo served as the dean of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Sciences at the Leibniz University in Hannover from 2006 to 2008, before joining the TUM in Munich 2009. He is teaching design studios as well as courses on landscape research and writing. He also lectures on contemporary landscape design, landscape architectural history and theory. While at the TUM, he co-organized exhibitions "Self-Construction" (2013), which examined the development of sustainable design strategies in the 1980s, and “60 Years of Landscape Architecture at TU Munich” (2016), celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the TUM.