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Yang Wang

I am a new Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG) Program Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. I graduated in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Auburn University on May 3, 2014. I come from Beijing, China. My research of interests include urban regeneration, urban regional environmental planning, land use science, data mining & analytics, urban vacant land, climate change adaptation, and Post – Occupancy Evaluation of the effects of use at the sustainable landscape and planning, particularly in the more productive use of open space and vacant land through increase application of ecological science and urban ecology. In addition, I am also interested in how our urban designs impact the sustainability of natural and social environments, then examine by Landscape Post – Occupancy Evaluation. My career goal is to become a professor at the university in Beijing, China.

        Current, China faces increasingly rapid urbanization. In urban sprawl, more and more vacant land appears, especially in metropolitan. For example, many heavily polluted plants have been moved out of the current districts because of the Clean Air Act. Therefore, the original land became vacant. In the past decades, the much urban vacant land has been re-developed, while most of them did not reach the expected outcome. During the past five years of my field designs work, I noticed that many designs are made upon aesthetic preferences or working experiences instead of evidence.

        For instance, I practiced in a project in a few years ago, we had an original purpose of inviting the neighborhood to use the area by developing a pocket garden. We followed the general design process and regulations, redeveloped the green space, and made organic joints between the project site and the neighborhoods. Years after it has been built up, I went back to the field and did a research on the outcome. I found that there were very limited benefits that are accessible to the residents around the site. Beyond our imagination, the use rate of the garden was much lower than we expected, even we carefully followed every single detail of design procedures. That was a huge waste of land and fund, and I believed there must ways to improve our design and planning. Thus, I realized the importance of evidence in design. How to solve the problem in vacant land design became a question lingering in my mind, and finally, I decided to relay on evidence supports in the design and planning field. It influences my decision to pursue a Ph.D degree.

        As I hope to do my bit, via related research, to improve the urban environment in Beijing and cities in China now in the period of genesis for revolutionary concepts, ideas, and theories in urban vacant land, it might be no exaggeration to say that I want to be the one to shed light on such revolutions……


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Research Specialist, October 2016

Investigation and Analysis the Building Information Modeling (BIM) transform Landscape Building Information Modeling (LIM)

Greenview Landscape Design Limited, Beijing, China Concentrated Area: Use visualization, as the driving force, and digital tools to improve the rigor in order to arrive at systematic logic chains for true solution of urban environmental problems


Research Specialist, October 2016 – Present

Investigation and Analysis the Spatial Patterns of Urban Expansion in Beijing, China

Greenview Landscape Design Limited, Beijing, China Concentrated Area: Applies the integrated method of Remote Sensing and GIS to examine the dynamic changes, spatial patterns, traffic locations, barycenter migrations, allometric growth and driving mechanism of urban land expansion in Beijing, China


Research Specialist, January 2016 – June 2016

Data Mining and Quantitative Statistical Analysis that can be used in Landscape Post – Occupancy Evaluation

Greenview Landscape Design Limited, Beijing, China Concentrated Area: Applications of variance analysis, and correlation analysis which was frequently used in landscape assessment work, aiming at finding scientific practical methods to Landscape Post – Occupancy Evaluation


Research Coordinator and Project Manager, December 2015 – Present

Investigation and Analysis of Overall Suburban Park Planning in Beijing Area, China

Greenview Landscape Design Limited, Beijing, China Concentrated Area: Research on urban greenway by applying GIS analysis between the year of 1991 and 2005, and research on relationships between human behavior and the built sustainable environment


Research Specialist, June 2015 – January 2016

Initial Exploration of Landscape Architecture of the United States Focusing on Philosophies of Scientific Research

Greenview Landscape Design Limited, Beijing, China Concentrated Area: Case study of rational analysis in landscape planning of the United States


Research Assistant and Project Manager, August 2013 – December 2013

Pilot Study of Ecological Restoration Planning – Investigation of Current Greenland by applying a GIS analysis in Haikou City, China

Beijing ECOLAND Planning and Design Corp, Beijing, China

Concentrated Area: GIS analysis and quantitative data mining & analysis of railways, expressways, hyper tension cable corridors, areas of villages, water systems, and mine areas


Research Assistant, May 2011 – May 2014

Mississippi Riparian Landscape Investigation

College of Architecture, Design and Construction, Auburn University – Auburn, AL, USA

Concentrated Area: Data collection and map analysis



Teacher in the workshop, 2015 – Present

Chris International Art Education – Beijing, China

Taught making portfolio for application to university’s students

Concentrated Area: Related to landscape architecture education and affective communication methods

Teacher in Landscape Architecture Studio, September 2013 – October 2013

College of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University – Beijing, China

Concentrated Area: This studio is a mixture of projects and serves as a capstone project for students expecting to graduate in the Bachelor’s program. A student selected professional level projects including design – build project or substantive research projects are carried out. The exit studio synthesizes and builds on skills developed throughout the landscape architecture program



Research Specialist, October 2016

Beijing Forum 2016 held by Peking University, China

Concentrated Area: Ecological Security and Ecological Urbanism


Graduate Student, September 2012

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference, Austin, TX, USA

College of Architecture, Design and Construction, Auburn University – Auburn, AL, USA

Abstract Topic: Protection of Marine Species by Creating Ecological Environment in Mobile Bay

Concentrated Area: Describe existing problems of waterscapes in Mobile Bay. Analyze current methods of processing waterscapes. Explain the impact of waterscape ecological environment development on Mobile Bay’s marine species. Critique the implication of possible future sustainable waterscape ecological environment