In 2012, Orland was named a Penn State Distinguished Professor, a title awarded to select faculty by the Office of the President based on the recommendations of colleagues and deans.
Orland, who joined the Penn State faculty in 2000, served as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture from 2000 to 2008 and director of the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from January 2009 through June 2010. His research focuses on environmental perception and the computer modeling of environmental impacts.
A registered architect since 1977, he has worked in private practice in the United Kingdom, East Africa, and Central America. He has practiced in landscape architecture and planning since 1981.