Brian Orland



Brian Orland holds degrees in Architecture (Manchester), and in Landscape Architecture (Arizona). He joined the University of Georgia for Fall 2015 as the Rado Family Foundation /UGA Professor in GeoDesign.   He has conducted pioneering work in several areas of computer visualization for landscape design and planning including visual simulation, virtual reality and serious games.  During the first eighteen years of his career at the University of Illinois he founded and directed the Imaging Systems Laboratory and was a lead faculty member in the East St. Louis Action Research Project.  He moved to Penn State where he headed the department of landscape architecture for eight years and then directed the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture before appointment as a Distinguished Professor and returning to teaching and research.  His current work includes the use of serious games, visualization and mobile devices for data collection and information dissemination in the context of landscape design and planning. Most of his recent work has related to land use change, water resources and energy development in Pennsylvania and the UK but he has also co-led a study abroad program in Tanzania, focused on community design for biodiversity conservation.


Personal Interests

His teaching and research focus on environmental perception, the modeling and representation of environmental impacts and the design of information systems for community-based design and planning.


Selected Publications

In press*, Orland, B. Persuasive New Worlds:  A Commentary on Virtual Technologies and Community Decision-Making. Landscape and Urban Planning. 13pp.

In press*, Orland, B. & T. Murtha.  Show me: Engaging citizens in planning for shale gas development.  Environmental Practice. 28pp.

2015, Orland, B. The Path to Geodesign: The Family Car of Digital Landscape Architecture?  In proceedings: Digital Landscape Architecture.  Dessau, Germany.

2014, Orland, B., N. Ram, D. H. Lang, K.W. Houser, M. Coccia & N. Kling.  Saving Energy in an Office Environment: A Serious Game Intervention.  Energy and Buildings. 74:43-52. See also:

2008, Orland, B., Information for design: Interacting environmental systems in space and time.  Specialist Meeting—Spatial Concepts in GIS and Design.  National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, UC-Santa Barbara.

2007, Orland, B. & Ursavas, C.  Visualizing forest bio-physical characteristics in the context of studies of perceived fire hazard.  In, S. McCaffrey (ed.) The Public and Wildland Fire Management: Social Science Findings for Managers.  Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.  187-196.

2005, Orland, B.  “Calibrating” images to more accurately represent future landscape conditions in forestry.   Chapter 6 In: I. Bishop and E. Lange, (eds.) Visualization in Landscape and Environmental Planning. London: Taylor and Francis.  104-111.

2001, Orland, B., Budthimedhee, K. & Uusitalo, J. Considering Virtual Worlds as Representations of Landscape Realities. Landscape and Urban Planning. 54, 139-148.



American Society of Landscape Architects


Honors and Awards

2015, Professor Arnold Weddle Chair in Landscape, University of Sheffield

2013, Fellow, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

2012, Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

2012, Outstanding Administrator, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

2011, Undergraduate Program Leadership award, Pennsylvania State University

2011-12, Faculty Fellow, Pennsylvania State University Social Science Research Institute

2010, Named in “Most Admired Educators of 2010” Design Intelligence

2009, Honorary Scientist, Rural Development Administration, The Republic of Korea

2002, Award of Merit, American Society of Landscape Architects. Taj Mahal Cultural Heritage District Development Plan (with V. Bellafiore, T. Harkness, A. Sinha, K. McCown)

1999-2000, Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

1999, Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects



Mailing Address

141 Jackson Street Building
285 S. Jackson Street


Phone: 706-542-0709