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Yiwei Huang

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
HORT Room 116A
625 Agriculture Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010


Yiwei Huang is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. Her research is mainly focused on three separate but interrelated areas: landscape ecology, social and environmental justice, and placemaking and community engagement. She believes that a successful landscape project requires true community engagement and that designers need to explore creative and culturally sensitive ways to understand communities' needs and translate that into an ecologically functioned and socially responsive design. Examples of her participated research include: "Franks Tract Futures," a project located in California Delta using intensive community engagement to achieve recreation, ecosystem, and water quality benefits; "Comparative Adaptive Management and Ecosystem Response Assessment (CAMERA)," a project using scenario-driven landscape visualization to convey environmental changes, climate change adaptation strategies, and lived experience for forest users in the Sierra Nevada; and "Xochimilco – Archeology, Ecology, and Urbanization," research on creative urban design strategies to balance urban development, heritage preservation, and environmental protection in Xochimilco, Mexico City. As an interdisciplinary researcher, she utilizes methods from psychology, sociology, cultural studies, and design fields. Her strengths are her working experience with immigrant women, children and youth, and communities with special needs; her advocates for participatory research, such as photovoice method, visual-driven engagement tools, and participatory GIS; and her fond in grounded theory and in-depth interviews.


Yiwei as an instructor who advocates for students voices and encourages her students to seek wider acknowledgements beyond university course work. She was serving as the Student Director of Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (2018 -2020), and she is currently serving on two committees under the American Society of Landscape Architecture (2020 – 2022) to advocate for more inclusive student engagement efforts.

Her students’ works have won national acknowledgement which implies the next generation’s idea to transform the future for landscape architecture. She is the instructor for the 2020 Student ASLA Award LEARN, PLAY, THRIVE - Design Guidelines, and "Building Blocks" of Therapeutic Gardens for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and she is the faculty advisor for the 2020 EPA RainWorks Challenge Honorable Mention project A Visible Solution.


Research Keywords: Participatory Research; Inclusive Design; Therapeutic and edible Garden; Environmental (In)Justice; Landscape Performance; Green Infrastructures


Courses Recently Taught: 

·         Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture (LA 482, coming spring 2022)

·         Graphic Communication for Landscape Architects (LA 116, coming fall 2021)

·         Planting Design II (LA 325)

·         Housing and Community Planning (LA 326)

·         Site System II (LA 346)


Education Background&n

Awards & Honors

(2015) 2015 Cup International Student Competition in architecture design. UIA-HYP.

(2020) ASLA Award Instructor. ASLA.

(2019) Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. University of California Davis.

(2015) Honorable mention. City as Campus.

(2013) Merit Award for Academic Excellence. American Society of Landscape Architecture.

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