Charles Waldheim, Coiner of “Landscape Urbanism,” to Become New Chair of Landscape Architecture Department, Harvard GSD

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Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, announced that Charles Waldheim will become Professor of Landscape Architecture and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. “I very much look forward to working with Charles and the Landscape faculty in defining the future direction of the department, and in confronting the current challenges and opportunities facing those who teach and practice in the field of Landscape Architecture,” said Dean Mostafavi during his announcement.

According to Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Waldheim’s research focuses on landscape architecture in relation to contemporary urbanism. He coined the term “landscape urbanism” to describe emerging landscape design practices in the context of North American urbanism. He has written extensively on the topic and edited The Landscape Urbanism Reader (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006).

He is currently writing the first book-length history of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, entitled Chicago O’Hare: A Natural and Cultural History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). His writing has also appeared in Landscape Journal, Topos, Log, Praxis, 306090, Canadian Architect, Dimensions, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Currently, Waldheim is Associate Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Toronto. He has lectured on landscape and contemporary urbanism across North America, Europe, and Australasia.

Go to Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Landscape Architecture Department to learn more.

2 thoughts on “Charles Waldheim, Coiner of “Landscape Urbanism,” to Become New Chair of Landscape Architecture Department, Harvard GSD

  1. pierce 05/19/2009 / 8:32 pm

    meanwhile many other schools can’t get past genus loci and Grant Reid

  2. Karen Weston-Chien 09/08/2009 / 8:34 am

    I think it is unfortunate that the GSD has not chosen a department chair with a degree in LA. As a GSD grad I am uset that this will further reduce the status of LA at the GSD

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