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Born: 2/20/1884, Died: 1965

Born in Jamaica Plain, near Boston, to George William and Sophia Elizabeth (Bond) Wheelwright, Robert Wheelwright graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. He received an A.B. in 1906 and an M.L.A. in 1908, both from Harvard University. Wheelwright was employed by Wilson Eyre from 1909 to 1910 in Eyre's New York office, but soon moved on to the New York office of Charles Downing Lay. By 1916 the office name had been revised to Lay & Wheelwright, but by 1917 Wheelwright moved to Washington, DC, in 1917 to work as a war camp planner. during this time he planned Camp Dodge (Des Moines), Camp Merritt (Tenafly, NJ), and replanned Camp Mills (Garden City, L.I.) for wooden construction. He was discharged from the service in 1919 and returned to New York City, where he practiced alone from 1919 to 1920 before re-locating to Philadelphia, where he remained in private practice from 1920 to 1926. In 1926 he established a partnership with Markley Stevenson, Wheelwright & Stevenson.

During the time of his association with Lay, Wheelwright was involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects and became one of the founders of Landscape Architecture, which he helped launch in 1910. He served as editor of Landscape Architecture until 1920.

By 1924 Wheelwright had launched the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsyvania and subsequently taught there until 1941.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Society of Landscape Architects

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Harvard University

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