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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Fellow

Sameh Naguib Wahba

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Acting Director, Urban Development and Resilience Department, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

About

Sameh Wahba is Sector Manager, Urban Development and Resilience Unit, World Bank, where he is responsible for the Bank’s urban policy, strategy, and analytics at the global level. Prior to this position, Wahba was the Brazil Sector Leader of the Sustainable Development Department at the World Bank’s Latin America and the Caribbean Region, where he was responsible for coordinating the bank’s investment program and policy advisory/analytical services in Brazil in the areas of urban development, infrastructure, disaster risk management, and social development, as well as coordinating the bank’s portfolio in several states including Sao Paulo. Since joining the World Bank in 2004, he has worked on urban development, housing, and infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa Regions. While at the World Bank, he has managed numerous investment and technical assistance activities related to housing, land and urban upgrading policy, infrastructure, local economic development, municipal/urban development issues, and disaster risk management in several countries. Prior to joining the bank, he worked at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam and at the Harvard Center for Urban Development Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Selected Publications

Wahba, Sameh Naguib. 2003. From Land Distribution to Integrated Development: The Evolution and Impact of Shelter and Poverty Alleviation Policies in Marginalized Settlements in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Cambridge: Harvard University.

Faculty Fellow

Richard Weller

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Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism

Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture

About

Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design. Throughout his career he has worked simultaneously as an academic and a consultant specializing in the formative stages of projects ranging from gardens to plazas, memorials, museums, suburbs and waterfronts. He is former director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 and the Australian Urban Design Research Center. His research projects have involved scenario planning for cities, megaregions and nations. His current research concerns urbanization in the world’s biodiversity hotspots. In over 30 years practice he has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design. He has published 4 books and over 90 single-authored papers. Weller sits on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in Washington and is the founder and Creative Director of the interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture LA+. A devoted teacher, he was honored with an Australian National Teaching Award in 2012 for “sustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems.” He teaches in three subject areas: advanced design studios at all scales, urban design history and theory, and historical and contemporary ideas of Nature. Weller’s designs, research and writing can be found here.

Selected Publications

Weller, Richard. 2017. “Atlas for the End of the World.” http://atlas-for-the-end-of-the-world.com/.

Weller, Richard. 2014. “Stewardship now? Reflections on Landscape Architecture's raison d'être in the 21st century.” Landscape Journal 33(2).

Weller, Richard. 2013. Made in Australia: The Future of Australian Cities. UWA Publishing.

Weller, Richard. 2009. Boomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City. UWA Publishing.

Weller, Richard. 2005. Room 4.1.3: Innovations in Landscape Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Faculty Fellow

Robert Yaro

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Professor of Practice

President Emeritus, Regional Plan Association

About

Bob Yaro is President Emeritus of Regional Plan Association, where he led RPA's strategic planning initiatives for the New York metropolitan region for 25 years. He also initiated and led America 2050 RPA's initiative to create long-range infrastructure and development strategies for the United States. And he also convened and led the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, which helped develop rebuilding plans for the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Yaro is a thought leader on metropolitan strategic planning and infrastructure planning and delivery. He has consulted on metropolitan strategic plans in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has also led initiatives to protect large landscapes and watersheds in the Northeast and in Texas. He is currently leading efforts to build a storm surge barrier system for metro New York and a passenger rail-based economic development strategy for New England. 

Selected Publications

Yaro, R., and D. Kooris, D. 2012. Resilient Coastal City Regions: New York City. Resilient Coastal City Regions: Planning for Climate Change in the United States and Australia. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Yaro, Robert. 2005. “Greenspace and Natural Resource Protection.” In Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Reference Guide, edited by David C. Soule. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Yaro, Robert, Randall G. Arendt, Harry L. Dodson and Elizabeth A. Brabec. 1988. Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

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