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Yiwei Huang

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
HORT Room 324
625 Agriculture Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010

 General Information


Yiwei Huang is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. Her research and teaching circulate the intersection of ecology, social factors, politics, and planning. She is interested in places with conflicts, where local residents may share different aesthetic values, restoration strategies, cultural practices, or ways of living. Through her research, she eagers to find out how these conflicts emerged and how designers and planners could better articulate their design and participatory strategies so that the whole community engagement and co-design approach could function as a transforming agent that respect, facilitate, and even empower the local communities, especially those who were historically underrepresented in the planning processes. Examples of her leading and participated research include: "User Perception of Public Parks: A Pilot Study Integrating Spatial Social Media Data with Park Management in the City of Chicago," in which she works with environmental engineer and geographer to discover the environmental (in)justice issues through mapping and spatial social media analysis; Park design and women's everyday experiences in San Francisco Chinatown, where she used behavior mapping and interview discovered severe gender separation patterns and the reasons behind it; Child-friendly city establishment and the role of landscape architects, in which she challenged the "problem solving" attitude of landscape architects, but encourage more children-initiated placemaking strategies; "Franks Tract Futures," a project located in California Delta using intensive community engagement efforts and co-design approached to achieve an inclusive park design that meet recreational, ecological, and economic benefits for the surrounding region.

Dr. Huang currently have several research projects ongoing, including recently funded project “Downscaling and visualizing climate change scenarios to advance environmental justice and promote local action” ($74,861 by PCCRC), therapeutic and edible gardens in low-income communities; public perception of sustainable outdoor design; and the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of landscape architecture education. 

Research keywords: participatory design and planning methods; diversified landscape; evidence-based design and POE; social sustainability; therapeutic and edible landscape in cities; green infrastructure and ecological sensitivity.


Dr. Huang as an instructor who advocates for students voices and encourages her students to seek wider acknowledgements beyond university course work. She served as the Student Director of Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (2018 -2020), and she currently serves on two committees under the American Society of Landscape Architecture (2020 – 2022) to advocate for more inclusive student engagement efforts. She is selected as the outstanding graduate student teaching award in 2019, and her students’ works have won national acknowledgement which implies the next generation’s idea to transform the future for landscape architecture.

  • ASLA Student Honor Award research Category (2020) Learn, Play, Thrive - Design Guidelines, and "Building Blocks" of Therapeutic Gardens for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By Wenxi Huang (student). Faculty Advisor: Yiwei Huang
  • A Visible Solution - 2020 EPA RainWorks Challenge Honorable Mention, (2021), by Chris Curnell, Ethan Fleig, Jeffery Tseng, and Harland Nadeau (students). Faculty Advisor: Yiwei Huang.
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) 2022 Case Study Investigation program. Student Research Assistants: Wanting Zhang and Yahan You. Research Fellow: Yiwei Huang.

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