DANIEL ABRAMSON, MArch, MCP, PhD; Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning; Adjunct Associate Professor, Architecture; Adjunct Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Associate Professor Daniel Abramson tries to bring a global-local awareness to the research, teaching and practice of urban design and historic preservation. Having lived and studied in Beijing, China and Vancouver, Canada, he is especially fascinated by the cross-cultural dimensions of communicating design and planning ideas. He works hard to provide students with hands-on opportunities to practice methods and problems in urban design and preservation, socio-spatial inquiry, and participatory planning–especially in marginal(ized) neighborhoods and communities.

C.-H. CHRISTINE BAE, PhD; Assistant Professor, Urban Design and Planning

Assistant Professor Christine Bae’s work and research focuses on the intersection of planning for diverse communities, sustainable urbanization, and environmental justice. She has ten years of experience as a planning consultant and recently was the project manager during a mixed-use redevelopment project in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in South Central LA. She has been involved in several Rebuild LA projects, giving her an appreciation for social and community issues.

MANISH CHALANA, MArch, MLA, PhD; Assistant Professor, Urban Design and Planning; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Assistant Professor Manish Chalana’s research and teaching interests emphasize three themes: historic preservation planning, international planning and development; and urban history. In this work he draws on his academic training as well as his professional and personal experiences in both the United States and his native India. Finally, he is interested in multicultural urban history and its relationships to planning and preservation, with a particular interest in the urban experiences of minority groups, immigrants, and women in the Pacific Northwest.

JEFF HOU, MArch, MLA, PhD; Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture

Jeff Hou’s work focuses on community design, design activism, public space and democracy, and contemporary urbanism in Asia. Hou is the editor of Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013) and Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010), and a co-author of Growing Cities, Greening Community: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens (2009). He is a co-founder of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban open space and streetscapes.

KEN-YU LIN, PhD; Assistant Professor, Construction Management

Dr. Lin is originally from Taiwan, studied in the U.S. as a Fulbright exchanged scholar, received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and served as an industry consultant before she started her appointment with the University of Washington in 2008. Dr. Lin teaches a graduate course on International Project Management and is interested in how construction project management intersects with emerging urban characteristics worldwide and especially in Asia. Dr. Lin and her colleague Dr. Migliaccio co-direct the Laboratory for Safety and Health Advancement through Research and Education (SHARE). She is also the secretary of Global Center of Excellence for the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology.

KEN TADASHI OSHIMA, MArch, PhD; Professor, Architecture

Ken Tadashi Oshima is Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington and Chair of Japan Studies. He teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural and urban history, theory, and design. He has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught at Columbia University and the University of British Columbia. He has curated exhibitions in the US and Japan including “Tectonic Visions Between Land and Sea: Works of Kiyonori Kikutake” (Harvard GSD, 2012 ) and GLOBAL ENDS: towards the beginning (Gallery Ma, Tokyo, 2010-11). He currently serves as 1st Vice President of the Society of Architectural Historians and has been an editor and contributor to Architecture + Urbanism for more than ten years.

VIKRAMADITYA “VIKRAM” PRAKASH, MArch, PhD; Professor, Architecture; Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture; Adjunct Professor, Urban Design & Planning

Dr. Vikramāditya “Vikram” Prakāsh grew up in Chandigarh, India. He received his B. Arch. from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Panjab University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, New York. He taught at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India and Arizona State University, Tempe before joining University of Washington in 1996. Currently, he is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab. Dr. Prakāsh is an architect/urbanist and a historian. He teaches studios, lecture courses and seminars on issues in global architecture and urbanism and postcolonial history and theory. He is currently researching the concept of ‘deruralization’ both as a description of the complex interface between the urban and the rural in the developing third world and also as a critical position in normative discourses of urbanization in globalization.

QING SHEN, MA, PhD; Chair, Department of Urban Design and Planning; Professor, Urban Design and Planning

Professor Shen’s research interests center on understanding changes in the spatial organization of cities, their socioeconomic and environmental impacts, and their implications for urban transportation planning and policymaking. Over the past fifteen years he has developed new methodological frameworks for analyzing urban spatial structure, examined the social consequences of automobile-oriented metropolitan development, and investigated the differential impacts of information and communication technologies on various population groups. His current work focuses primarily on the connections between the built environment, travel behavior, and energy consumption and emissions.

KEN YOCOM, MLA, PhD; Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, Graduate Program Coordinator; Adjunct Professor, Urban Design & Planning

The core of Ken Yocum’s teaching and research focuses on the integration of ecological thinking into planning and design practice and ranges in scale from regional and metropolitan planning and development to the design, application, and evaluation of innovative, site-based design responses. Recently, he has been working with the International Urban Training Center of the Republic of Korea and United Nations sponsored programs developing and implementing training programs for public agency and non-profit employees from developing countries in south and Southeast Asia focused on developing contextually grounded urban mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change. He has also been working with the Korea Maritime Institute on waterfront redevelopment practices in response to shifting industrial and economic needs. He is the co-author of Ecological Design (2011) from Bloomsbury PLC, and a co-editor of NOW Urbanism: The Future City is Here (2014) from Routledge.


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