Udo Weilacher

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Udo Weilacher, Prof. Dr. sc. ETH, (born 1963) is a German landscape architect, author and Professor for Landscape Architecture.


Udo Weilacher, born in Kaiserslautern/ Germany, was educated as a gardener in 1984. He studied landscape architecture at the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan and at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona between 1986 and 1993. At the Technical University of Munich he received his diploma from the German landscape architect and professor Peter Latz. At University of Karlsruhe (TH) and the ETH Zürich where he worked as a scientific assistant and a lecturer until 2002, it was the renowned Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast, who influenced Weilacher in his practical and theoretical work. Since 1995, Weilacher is an officially registered Garden- and Landscape Architect at the Chamber of Architecture in Germany.

Udo Weilacher did extensive research on the relationship between art and landscape and on theory and history of contemporary landscape architecture. He published his works internationally, is a member in international juries and initiated numerous projects fusing art and landscape architecture, among others with the "Zeichen + Landschaft" association at the Technical University of Munich and the "Grenzland" lecture series at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich. After teaching and research work at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and the ETH Zurich, where he gained his distinguished doctorate in 2002 [1] (Medal of the ETH Zürich), he became full professor for Landscape Architecture and Design [2] at the Leibniz University Hannover in 2002 and, in 2006 until 2008, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences.[3] From 1998 to 2002 he worked as freelance journalist for NZZ FOLIO, monthly magazine of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Since April 2009 Udo Weilacher is full professor for Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscapes[4] at the Technische Universität München, Faculty of Architecture.[5]


Publications (selection)[edit]

  • Weilacher, Udo (1996/1999): Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art. Basel Berlin Boston: Birkhauser Publisher ISBN 3-7643-6119-0
  • Weilacher, Udo/ Wullschleger, Peter (2002): Guide to Swiss Landscape Architecture. Basel Berlin Boston: Birkhauser Publisher
  • Weilacher, Udo (2005): Visionary Gardens. Modern Landscapes by Ernst Cramer. Basel Berlin Boston: Birkhauser Publisher ISBN 3-7643-6567-6
  • Weilacher, Udo (2005): In Gardens. Profiles of contemporary European Landscape Architecture. Basel Berlin Boston: Birkhauser Publisher ISBN 3-7643-7084-X
  • Weilacher, Udo (2006): Promises instead of ready-made answers. in: Quart Verlag, Luzern (ed.): Schweingruber Zulauf. Volume 3 of the Series Arcadia 2006. 8-49. Luzern: Quart Verlag ISBN 3-907631-33-1
  • Weilacher, Udo (2006): Image Worlds in Motion. Landscapes Accelerated and De-accelerated." in: Franzen, Brigitte/ Krebs, Stefanie (ed.): Mikrolandschaften. Landscape Culture on the Move. Microlandscapes. 184-199 Koeln: Buchhandlung Walther Koenig ISBN 3-88789-150-3
  • Udo Weilacher: Switzerland und approximately 18 other contributions in: Taylor, Patrick (ed.): The Oxford Companion to the Garden. Oxford University Press, New York 2006 ISBN 0-19-866255-6
  • Bettina von Dziembowski, Dominik von König, Udo Weilacher (2007): NEULAND. Bildende Kunst und Landschaftsarchitektur. Basel Berlin Boston: Birkhauser Publisher ISBN 978-3-7643-8619-1
  • Udo Weilacher (2007): The Garden as the Last Luxury Today: Thought-Provoking Garden Projects by Dieter Kienast. in: Conan, Michel (ed.): Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations. 81-95. Harvard University Press ISBN 0-88402-325-7
  • Udo Weilacher (2007): Land Art in: Colafranceschi, Daniela (ed.): Landscape + 100 words to inhabit it. Land&ScapeSeries. 108-110. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili SL
  • Weilacher, Udo (2008): Syntax of Landscape. The Landscape Architecture by Peter Latz and Partners. Basel Berlin Boston: Birkhauser Publisher. ISBN 978-3-7643-7615-4


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