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2005    Doctor of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
2002    M.S., Landscape Design and Planning, Peking University, Beijing, China
1999    B.S., Urban and Regional Planning, Peking University, Beijing, China

Guoping Huang, D.Des, is a landscape planning scholar, practitioner and geospatial innovator. His research interests include digital visualization, Geodesign, resilient and sustainable development in developing countries, international planning and spatial data science.

He has conducted a diverse set of urban and landscape planning projects in more than 10 countries, including Malawi, Ghana, South Africa, Columbia, Mexico, Guinea, Mozambique and China. His clients have included The World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), US Geological Survey, Aga Khan Development Network, Rio Tinto and Anglo American.

His projects have won many international and national awards from academic and professional organizations, including the Esri Geodesign Summit, the International Geodesign Collaboration and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Dr. Huang also co-founded one of the most influential digital humanities projects, “Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations.” This project has been cataloged as an important digital resource for historians and other researchers by many leading university libraries in the world.

He teaches following courses at USC:

  • SSCI 313 Global Geodesign and Stakeholders
  • SSCI 214 Human Population and Natural Hazards
  • SSCI 587 Spatial Data Acquisition
  • SSCI 589 Cartography and Visualization
  • SSCI 412 Geodesign Practicum
  • SSCI 350 International Geodesign

Prior to joining the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California in Fall 2022 as Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences, Dr. Huang was Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia from 2020-2022. He also was an Assistant Professor (2011-2019) and served as the Graduate Program Director (2017-2019) of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Huang has been invited to give many public talks at prestigious conferences and institutions. Some of his recent talks that can be watched online include:

Geodesign for Planetary Resiliency: A Global Climate Geodesign Challenge. Geodesign Summit, Redlands, CA, 2023

A Multi-Platform Workflow to Enhance Visual Impact Assessment in Geodesign Project. Geodesign Summit, Redlands, CA, 2023

A Smart Bicycle Map for A Sustainable Future, Geodesign Summit, 2019 (won Best Lightning Talk Award),

Lhasa VR - Documenting the Historic Tibetan Capital Through 3D GIS, Cultural Preservation and Disaster Response in the Shadows of Notre Dame Symposium, Library of Congress, 2019,

Spatial Narratives of the Historic Tibetan Capital of Lhasa with 3D GIS, Archives, Memory & Identity: A Public Symposium by Rare Book School, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the UVA Library, 2018,

Connecting the Dots: how geo-spatial technology is changing the design profession, Harvard University Geography Colloquium, 2016,

He has published widely in English and Chinese. His peer-reviewed published articles include:

Svynarenko, R., Huang G., Keim-Malpass, J., Cozad, M.J., Qualls, K.A., Stone W.,  Kirkland, D. A., Lindley. L.C. (2023) A comparison of hospice care utilization between rural and urban children in Appalachia: A GIS analysis. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

DeGuzman, P., Lyons, G., Huang, G., et al.,(2022) Statewide Analysis Reveals Period of Well-Child Visit Attendance for Earlier Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 241, p181-187,

Chen, X., Huang, G. (2021), Community Catalyst: Building a network of public spaces for sanitation and social inclusion in Winneba, Ghana, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Vol.9, Issue 4, p114- 125.

DeGuzman, P., Lyons, G., Huang, G., et al. (2021) Statewide Analysis Reveals Period of Well-Child Visit Attendance for Earlier Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Pediatrics,, upcoming.

Chen, X., Huang, G. (2021), Community Catalyst: Building a network of public spaces for sanitation and social inclusion in Winneba, Ghana, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Vol. 9, Issue 4,, upcoming .

DeGuzman, P., Huang, G., Lyons, G. (2021), Rural Disparities in Early Childhood Well Child Visit Attendance, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Vol. 58, pp. 76-81,

Huang, G. (2020). Digital Visualization in Web 3.0: A Case Study of Virtual Central Grounds Project. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, Vol. 5: 395-403,

Huang, G. (2019) Landscape Justice in Visual Landscape Protection, Chinese Landscape Architecture, 2019, Vol. 35, Issue 5: 18-22,

Gwon, S. H., Yan, G., Huang, G., & Kulbok, P. A. (2018). Predictors of Adolescent Smoking in South Korea. International Nursing Review, Vol. 65, Issue 2: 234-243.

Huang, G. (2017). Urban Spatial Growth in Mountainous Regions of Western China. Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 37, Issue 3: 367-376,

Huang, G. (2017). Indexing the Human-Nature Relationship in Cities. Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape and Environmental Design, Vol. 2, Issue 2: 25-35. 9906/5255.

Huang, G. (2017). Protecting Urban River Views with Geodesign Approach. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, Vol. 2: 85-93,

Huang, G., Zhou, N. (2016). Geodesign in Developing Countries: The example of the Master Plan for Wulingyuan National Scenic Area, China. Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 156: 81-91,

Huang, G., Rauterkus, S.Y., Thrall, G. & Peiser, R. (2013). A General Model of Mortgage Failure Tipping Point with an Example from Southern California. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 6, Issue 4: 438-454, 4.

Guan, W., Huang, G. (2009). Bringing Operational GIS into University Classrooms. Geomatica, Vol. 63, No. 2: 375-392.

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

Yu, K., Wang, Z., Huang, G. (2005). Vernacular Landscapes and their implications to Modern Landscape Architecture. Huazhong Architecture, No. 4:123-126.

Hong, Y., Huang, G. (2005). Taxing publicly owned land in China: a paradox?. Finance and Trade Economics, No. 7: 25-27.

Huang, G., Ma, T., Wang, N. (2002). Visual assessment of urban river system with fuzzy mathematics approach. Chinese Landscape Architecture, Vol. 18, No. 3: 16-18.

Wu, B., Li, M., Huang, G. (2002). A study on relationship of conservation and tourism demand of world heritage sites in China. Geographical Research, Vol. 21 No. 5: 617-626.

Yu, K., Huang, G. (2001). Development strategies and ecological planning: a case study of Nanhai Information Industry Park in Guangdong Province. Urban Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3: 58-64.