GUOPING HUANG

Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Urban + Environmental Planning

Education: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, D.Des. (Doctor of Design); Peking University, Master of Science in Landscape Planning and Design; Peking University, Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning


Dr. Guoping Huang is an Assistant Professor and Master of Urban and Environmental Planning Program Director at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. His research interests include digital visualization, Geodesign, and “alternative futures” approach in urban and landscape planning. He teaches Planning Methods, Intro and Advanced GIS, Digital Visualization, and Landscape Planning.


Dr. Guoping Huang is a landscape planning scholar, practitioner, and digital innovator. He has published widely in English and Chinese, and has conducted many urban and landscape planning projects in more than 10 countries for important clients including the World Bank, UNDP, Rio Tinto, and Anglo American.

His recent projects include:

- Charlottesville Bicycle Map

-Richmond Riverfront Viewshed Study and follow-up studies (won the President's Certificate of Merit by ASLA Virginia Chapter in 2014, the Community Service award by ASLA Virginia Chapter in 2015, and the Scenic Vista Preservation Award by Scenic Virginia in 2016)

-Visual Assessment for the Telluride Region, Colorado (won the Best GIS Application Award at the 2011 International Conference on Digital Landscape Architecture in Dessau, Germany)

-Agro-Forestry Village Project in Mozambique, with support from the TechnoServe and the World Bank.

-Spatial Development Planning Project for Southern Tanzania and Northern Mozambique, with support from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

Dr. Huang is also the co-founder of one of the most influential digital humanities projects, "Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (DARMC, http://darmc.harvard.edu) ". It has been cataloged as an important digital resource for historians and other researchers by many leading university libraries in the world.

Before he came to University of Virginia, Dr. Huang had worked at Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis as a research fellow, Turenscape Design Institute, Beijing as a landscape planner. Dr. Huang holds a Doctor of Design in landscape planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Science degree in Landscape Design and Planning, Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Peking University, China.

Guoping Huang, "Urban Spatial Growth in Mountainous Regions of Western China," Mountain Research and Development, 2017, Vol. 37, Issue 3: 367-376, https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-16-00078.1

Guoping Huang, "Indexing the Human-Nature Relationship in Cities," Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape and Environmental Design, 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 2: 25-35, http://dx.doi.org/10.6092/2531-9906/5255

Guoping Huang, "Protecting Urban River Views with Geodesign Approach," Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 2017, Vol. 2: 85-93, DOI:10.14627/537629009

Guoping Huang, Nianxing Zhou, Geodesign in Developing Countries: The example of the Master Plan for Wulingyuan National Scenic Area, China, Landscape and Urban Planning, 2016, Vol. 156: 81-91, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.05.014

Wendy Guan, Guoping Huang, "Bringing Operational GIS into University Classrooms," Geomatica, 2009, Vol. 63, No. 2: 375 -392

Guoping Huang, "On relationship of research and practice in landscape planning," Beijing Planning Review, 2006, No.3: 102-105 (In Chinese)

Kongjian Yu, Jian Wang, Guoping Huang, et al., "A World of Mandala: Discovering vernacular landscape and architecture in Eastern Tibet," China Architecture and Industry Press, 2004 (In Chinese, author of Chapters 2 - 4)

Scenic Vistas Preservation Award, Scenic Virginia, 2016

Community Service Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Virginia Chapter, 2015

Nominated for University Teaching Award, University of Virginia, 2014

Best GIS Application Award, International Digital Landscape Architecture Conference, 2011

Excellence in Diversity Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2011

Pollman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2007-2009

Presidential Information and Technology Fellowship, Harvard University, 2003-2005