Yiwei Huang is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. She is trained as a landscape architect and urban designer, while feminist and critical geography perspectives influence her thinking of spaces and landscape. She is interested in the places with “conflicts,” where local residents may share different aesthetic values, cultural practices, or ways of living, and she eagers to find how design could function as a transforming agent that could respect, facilitate, and even empower the local communities, especially those who were historically underrepresented in the planning processes.
Examples of her participated research include: 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 region.
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 currently have several research projects ongoing,
including, therapeutic and edible gardens for urban
underrepresented communities; public perception of sustainable outdoor design; and the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of landscape architecture education.
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.