Professor Robert M. Wright has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at University of Toronto for a two-year term ending June 30, 2019.

Professor Wright holds his faculty appointment in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and currently serves as Director of the Centre for Landscape Research (CLR). He is also a Fellow of the Global Cities Institute, a multidisciplinary urban research unit founded in 2007 at U of T.

An announcement from U of T states that Wright is a strong advocate and a participant in the formulation of the emerging University of Toronto initiative, School of Cities. Most recently, Professor Wright is part of a research team, the Urban Genome Project, which was awarded a Connaught Global Challenge Award and looks at the base structures of city formation and city evolution over time. He lectures internationally on issues of urban open space, green infrastructure, sustainability, and urban resilience.

Professor Wright’s research focus is design centered and interdisciplinary in nature. He seeks to develop creative design experimentation not only in landscape architecture but also in urban design and environmental design. Professor Wright has an MLA from the University of Guelph and a BSc from the University of Ottawa in Open Space Planning, with a Major in Ecology.

The university is currently engaged in a consultation process to look at a potential academic restructuring of the Faculty of Forestry. Read more about student and faculty response to the consultation at

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