Perry Pei-Ju Yang


Associate Professor, School of City& Regional Planning and School of Architecture
Director, Eco Urban Lab
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Perry Yang is an Associate Professor jointly appointed to School of City and Regional Planning and School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Covestro (Bayer Material Science) Chair Professor of UNEP Institute at Tongji University. He directs the Eco Urban Lab at Georgia Tech and Tongji University. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he was a Fulbright Scholar and SPURS Fellow at MIT from 1999 to 2000 and an Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore from 2001 to 2008. Perry’s work focuses on promoting the ecological and energy performance of cities through urban design. He has been awarded prizes in international competitions continuously from 2005, including the 2009 World Games Park at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, a project opened in July 2009 and featured by CNN as “an eco-friendly venue”. His urban design work was published in the January 2010 issue Ecological Urbanism at WA (World Architecture), a leading architecture journal in China. His most recent urban design awards include the 3rd place in Hangzhou’s 2022 Asian Games Athletes Village design competition, and the 1st prize in an international competition for Contemporary Art District in Nansha, Guangzhou in 2017. He is currently involved in smart city projects including one of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics sites in Japan, in collaboration with Global Carbon Project (GCP) and the University of Tokyo. Yang is the guest editor of Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, a leading journal in urban planning and design for the theme issue “Urban Systems Design” to explore new urban design research agenda in the context of smart city movement. He is a board member of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association (UPE), and a scientific committee member of International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE) to chair the session on Urban Energy Systems Design for ICAE from 2014 to 2018. He is editing a book Urban Systems Design for Smart Communities in the IoT Era that is to be published in 2019 by Elsevier. Perry was recently appointed the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Fellow from 2018 to help advance the Institute’s vision, mission, values, and objectives on sustainability across the community of Georgia Tech.

Educational Background

Ph.D. (Building & Planning), National Taiwan University

M.S. (Urban Studies and Planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.Sc. (Building & Planning), National Taiwan University

B.Sc. (Agriculture Engineering/ Bio-Environmental Systems Engineering), National Taiwan University 


Urban design

Urban simulation and GIS

Landscape ecology, industrial ecology and energy performance of urban environment 

Recent Publications

Yang, Perry P. J., Chi, Cheryl S. F., Wu, Yihan., Quan, Steven. J, 2018, A Geodesign method of human-energy-water interactive systems for urban infrastructure design: 10KM2 near zero district project in Shanghai, in Engineering 4, 2018, accepted for publication.

Yang, Perry P. J., Quan, Steven. J., Castro- Lacouture, Daniel, Stuart, Ben. 2018. A Geodesign method for managing a closed-loop urban system through algae cultivation, in Applied Energy

Yang, Perry P J et al., 2018, Performance-based model for vertical urbanism, in Vertical Urbanism, Lin Z eds. Springer (In Print).

Pandit, Arka, Minn, Elizabeth A., Li, Feng, Brown, Hillary, Jeong, Hyunju, James, Jean-Ann C., Newell, Joshua P, Weissburg, Marc, Chang, Michael E, Xu, Ming, Yang, Perry, Wang, Rusong, Thomas, Valerie M., Yu, Xuewei, Lu, Zhongming, Crittenden, John C. 2017, Infrastructure ecology: an evolving paradigm for sustainable urban development, in Journal of Cleaner Production: 163 (2017) S19-S27.

Yang, Perry P. J., Wiedenback, Annette, Tobey, Michael, Wu, Yihan., Quan, Steven. J., Chauhan, Yugendra, Wu, Jiang. 2017, Material Based Urban Modeling: An Approach to Integrate Smart Materials in a Near-Zero Community Design. Energy Procedia, in Print.

Li, Zhengwei, Quan, Steven J., Yang, Perry P. J., 2016, Energy performance simulation for planning a low carbon neighborhood urban district: A case study of Macau, in Habitat International, 04; 53: 206-214. (as the corresponding author)

Yang, Perry P J, Quan, Steven J, 2016, Urban form and energy resilient strategies: A cast study of the Manhattan grid, in Urban Resilience – A Transformative Approach, Yoshiki Yamagata and Hiroshi Maruyama eds., Springer. (in print)

Yang, Perry P. J., Yan, Jinyue, 2016, Modeling Urban Design with Energy Performance, in Energy Procedia (accepted for publication).

Quan, Steven J., Wu, Jiang, Shi, Zhongming, Yang, Tianren, Wang, Yi, Yang, Perry P. J., 2016, Urban Form and Building Energy Performance in Shanghai Neighborhoods, in Energy Procedia (accepted for publication).

Yang, Perry P. J. 2015. Energy Resilient Urban Form: A Design Perspective, in Energy Procedia 75, Elsevier.

Quan, Steven. Qi Li, Godfried, Augenbroe, Brown, Jason, Yang Perry P. J. 2015. A GIS-based Energy Balance Modeling System for Urban Solar Buildings. in Energy Procedia 75, Elsevier. (as the corresponding author)

Quan, Steven. Qi Li, Godfried, Augenbroe, Brown, Jason, Yang Perry P J, 2015, Urban Data and Building Energy Modeling: A GIS-based Urban Building Energy Modeling System Using the Urban-EPC Engine, in Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities. Stan Geertman, Joseph Ferreira, Jr. Robert Goodspeed, John Stillwell eds., Springer. (as the corresponding author)

Yang, Perry P. J., Quan, Steven. J., Castro- Lacouture, Daniel, Rudolph, Charles, Stuart, Ben. 2014. Performance metrics for designing an algae-powered eco urban district: A Geodesign perspective, in Energy Procedia, Elsevier.

Quan, Steven. J., Economoua, Athanassions , Grasl, Thomas., Yang, Perry P. J. 2014. Computing energy performance of building density, shape and typology in urban context, in Energy Procedia, Elsevier (as the corresponding author).

Yang, Perry P. J. 2014. Energy resilient urban planning, in Geodesign: Integrating design and geospatial science in Europe, Scholten H, Lee D and Dias E eds., Springer, in print.

Yang, Perry P. J. 2013. Book chapter “Landscape ecology and its urbanism” in Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents: Dissimulating the Sustainable City. Andres Duany and Emily Talen eds., Island Press.

Quan, S. J., Minter, J., Yang, Perry P. J. 2013. Book chapter “A GIS-based performance metrics for designing a low energy urban agriculture system” in Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development, Springer Publication. (as the corresponding author)​

Yang, Perry P. J. 2013. Hydrological effects of urban form and landscape change, in Planning stormwater resilient urban open spaces, vol. 3, F.D. Moccia and M.F. Palestino eds. Clean, Napoli​

Yang, Perry P. J. 2012. Complexity Question in Urban Systems Design, in Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, editorial, Vol. 1, Issue 2.​

Yang, Perry P. J. 2009. Questioning urban sustainability: social sufficiency, ecological efficiency and ecosystems compatibility.Journal of Urbanism, November 2009, Vol. 2, Issue 3.

Yang, P.P.J., & Lew, S.H. 2009. An Asian model of TOD – the planning integration and institutional tools in Singapore. In Curtis, C., Renne, J., & Bertolini, L. (Eds.), Transit-Oriented Development: Making It Happen. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Yang, P.P.J. 2008. Tracking Sustainable Urban Forms and Material Flows in Singapore. In Jenks, M., Kozak, D., & Takkanon, P. (Eds.), World Cities and Urban Form: Fragmented, Polycentric, Sustainable? Routledge.

Yang, Perry P. J., Putra S. Y., Chaerani M. 2007. Computing the Sense of Time in Urban Physical Environment. Urban Design International, 12(2), 115-129.​

Yang, P., Putra, S., & Li, W. 2007. Viewsphere: A GIS-based 3D visibility analysis for urban design evaluation. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 34(6), 971-992. doi:10.1068/b32142​

Yang, Perry P. J., Ong, Boon Lay. 2004. Applying ecosystem concepts to the planning of industrial areas: a case study of Singapore's Jurong Island. Journal of Cleaner Production, 12, 1011-1023. 

Single-authored Book published (in Chinese) Yang, Perry P. J. 2010. Ecological Urbanism: Scale, Flow and Design, China Architecture and Building Press, Beijing


Courses Taught

International Urban Design Studios 2009-2014

CP 6052 Applied Planning Studio (Urban Design), MCRP Program +

ARCH 6072 Design and Research Studio (Urban Design), MArch Program 

The International Urban Design Studio is an on-going initiative in the College of Architecture’s international programs and projects. This program provides an ongoing platform for faculty and students in the College of Architecture and collaborating schools and institutions abroad, to develop common intellectual interests and explore collaborative teaching, learning and research opportunities, especially in the area of sustainable urban design. The primary objective of the International Urban Design Studio is to engage graduate students in the College of Architecture in interdisciplinary, collaborative and real-world experiences in support of global professional practices in urban design, architecture and planning. In addition, the intention is to focus the studios on problems that are part of, or lead to, future research initiatives. Urban Design provides the disciplinary and interdisciplinary platform for the studio, bringing together students and faculty in Urban Design, the Master of City and Regional Planning Program and the Master of Architecture Program. The studios are part of the professional curricula in the Master of City and Regional Planning, the Master of Architecture or the Master of Science in Urban Design. The International Urban Design Studio began in 2009 and occurs intermittently as opportunities arise with universities and institutions abroad. Each studio is designed for its specific setting, the project situation and the host institutions objectives.

December 2009 and Spring 2010, Shanghai Pudong Waterfront Revitalization (with Dagenhart), joint studio with Tongji University.

Spring 2011, Ecological Urbanism Studio: global benchmarking for low carbon urban design, project selected and exhibited at the 100th ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) Annual Meeting, March 2012, MIT and Boston. (Georgia Tech received $30,000 sponsorship from Macau Urban Planning Institute to support the research.)

Spring 2012, Agrarian Urbanism Studio: A low energy agriculture system in Wheat Street Garden at Atlanta, with Georgia Tech’s School of Biology, Arkfab group and Truly Living Well. (*This was the only studio run locally at Atlanta.)

Spring 2013, Waterfront Revitalization Studio: Asian New Bay Area in Kaohsiung (The studio received $30,000 sponsorship from Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan to cover travel expenses of 3 faculty and 9 students to travel to Taiwan for site visit and presentation in the local government.)

Spring 2014, Waterfront Revitalization Studio:  Shuidong Bay in Maoming, Guangdong China (The studio received $40,000 sponsorship from Maoming City Government and Guangdong Urban Planning and Design Institute, China to cover travel expenses of 4 faculty and 13 students to travel to China for site visit and presentation in the local government.)

Spring 2015, Shanghai Chongming Eco Island Studio: Design for Urban Metabolism, a joint studio with College of Architecture and Urban Planning and School of Construction Management of Tongji University (The studio received support of local accommodation from Tongji University.)

Spring 2016, near Zero Energy District Studio, Disney in Pudong Shanghai. (It’s a ongoing studio project in collaboration with Disney Research China, a laboratory of Walt Disney Imagineering in Shanghai, as well as Tongji University and Covestro (Previous Bayor Material Science). An international joint workshop has ben scheduled in March 19-27, 2016 this year in Shanghai for students to conduct fieldwork and make presentation to local stakeholders.)

More details can be found in the Studio website:

(2011, Awarded “Thank a Teacher” certificate from The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning of Georgia Institute of Technology, in recognition of “excellence in teaching” and “dedication to helping students learn in design studio”.)

 “10 Cities, 10 Years”: Research for Tracking Radical Urban Transition in East Asian Cities 

The Sino-U.S. Eco Urban Lab, a joint laboratory initiated from June 2014 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and Tongji University in Shanghai, provides access to opportunities for operating joint research and joint teaching based on urban design studios in dynamic urban settings in the next decade. The investigation of radical transformation in China and Asian region would allow urban designers and researchers to be exposed to the frontier of urbanizing world for cutting-edge issues and challenge. Novel research questions and knowledge will be nurtured. Interventional approach through engaging local environmental conditions, social context and power relations will be crucial for the shaping of future sustainable urban systems.

CP8873/AR8803  Urban Ecological Design, Spring

MCRP, MArch, MSUD and MS in Architecture (from Spring 2010)

The course engages the contemporary issues of urban ecology and its articulation to design in urban settings. The new commitment of the co-habitation of nature and built environment has drawn attentions of city planners, urban designers and architects. The discourses of urban sustainability have to move away from social sufficiency, ecological efficiency to ecosystems compatibility by linking the forms and flows of urban, industrial and natural systems. The new challenges of urban ecological issue require design and planning professionals to deal with how urban and environment spaces could be analyzed, designed, managed, evaluated, represented and changed for responding to the cutting-edge ecologically sustainable issues. Divided by two main categories, Spatial Typologies and Ecological Flows, the sessions cover the trends and issues of ecologically sound urban design. Following the introductory lecture on ecological urban design in historical context, the Part One Spatial Forms and Typologies includes global ecological effects of mega urban form, suburbia, compact city and the debate of sustainable urban form, downtown urban environment, waterfront revitalization, brown field redevelopment, urban-nature edge space and the proposition of landscape urbanism. The Part Two Ecological Flows covers the ecological design issues of landscape ecological flow, material and energy flow, water flow and informational flow. The sessions conclude with the discussion of representational dimension of urban and environmental design that is essential to the professional practices of ecologically sound urban design. By selecting one of the specific ecologically sustainable issues, students are required to work on a research project, which is to be presented as a team work during the semester and further developed as an individual term paper at the end of semester.

CP8823PY/ ARCH8823  Site Planning and Urban Ecosystems Simulation, Fall

MCRP, MArch, MSUD and MS in Architecture (from Fall 2012)

Site planning has been seen as one of basic professional skills for city planners, urban designers and architects. There is a strong intellectual legacy from the works of Kevin Lynch, Donald Appleyard, Carl Steinitz and Gary Hack who defined site planning as “an art of arranging structure on the land and shaping the spaces between” (Lynch and Hack, 1983), a system approach to planning urban and natural settings over a defined spatial and temporal environment in context. The course introduces literature in site planning and the foundation of skill development through a series of tutorials and workshops. It provides visual-based analytical techniques and related simulation tools based on dimensions of representation, analysis and design. The synthesis of the three constitutes a method for engaging site and urban ecological systems across scales from building sites, neighborhoods to cities. The course also aims for extending the knowledge and method of site planning to new challenges of post-oil cities by integrating emerging technologies and performance-based design tools for mapping energy flow, carbon footprint, water, human movement and information processes in cities across territories and spatial scales over time. The representation, analysis and design of sites and urban ecological systems are to be driven by questions behind the shaping of high performance, renewable and resilient urban form and the making of sustainable urban systems.