Brian Orland

Brian Orland, FASLA, FCELA, is the initial Rado Family Foundation/UGAF Professor of Geodesign in the UGA College of Environment+Design and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University.  He joined UGA in 2015.  He holds degrees in Architecture (Manchester), and in Landscape Architecture (Arizona).   His teaching and research focus on environmental perception, the understanding and representation of environmental impacts and the design of information systems for community-based design and planning.  His graduate work at the University of Arizona was conducted in the Environmental Perception Lab., a collaboration of the School of Renewable Natural Resources and Department of Psychology.   He taught at the University of Illinois from 1982 to 2000 and at Penn State 2000-2015.  In 1989 and 1996 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  1999-200 he was a Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  In Spring 2015 he was the Arnold Weddle Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Professional Background: A registered architect since 1977, he has worked in the United Kingdom, East Africa and Central America. His work has ranged from architectural to landscape scale, including innovative solutions for low-cost and self-build housing systems; energy conservation; community design and planning; tourism development; forest management and the application of computing in planning and design.

Teaching: He has taught design at undergraduate and graduate level, with particular emphasis on human-environment interactions. Much of his teaching from 1990-2000 took place in the context of the East St. Louis Action Research Project, a nationally acclaimed service learning program partnering students with community residents to respond to intransigent urban issues.  More recently his teaching has focused on community and landscape response to unconventional energy development in the Marcellus shale region of Pennsylvania and in the United Kingdom.  From 2009 to 2014 he co-directed a service-learning study abroad program at Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania.  Currently he teaches applied landscape ecology focusing on human ecological aspects of landscape evaluation and change.

Research: Environmental perception. His work has taken an experimental approach to understanding resident and visitor responses to managed and unmanaged change in the environment, including the impacts of forest pests, fires and wind-throw on scenic landscapes; of managed river flow and timber harvesting on visitor experience; of energy conservation games on office energy use; and of decision-support tools on community planning processes. He was an early developer of computer visualization approaches to these topics, creating and evaluating virtual and augmented environments for testing interventions in the environment.  Current work includes the use of serious games, visualization and mobile devices for data collection and public participation in landscape design and planning.  Most of the work relates to land use change, water resources and energy development in the eastern United States. Projects nearing conclusion include the NSF-funded, Marcellus Matters-Educating Adults in Science and Engineering where his focus has been on supporting citizen scientist participation in landscape impact mitigation and strategic planning; the EPA-funded Center for Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management at Penn State, where his emphasis has been on perceptual barriers to adoption of green infrastructure practices; and a pilot study, Landscapes of fire and people: how climate, human values, and shifting ecologies will influence mid-Atlantic forest management, also at Penn State.