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Wu Hong Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Stuckeman Career Development Assistant Professor in Design
Portrait of Wu Hong
Penn State Landscape Architecture
Stuckeman School
221 Stuckeman

Wu Hong joined the Department of Landscape Architecture in 2016 as the Stuckeman Career Development Assistant Professor. Academically trained in architecture (B.Arch) and Landscape Architecture (M.L.A. and Ph.D.), Hong’s research passion lies in an important and timely set of topics across different spatial scales.

At the regional and watershed scale, Hong applies computer-based models to facilitate natural resource decision-making, especially as it relates to water. Through agent-based landscape change simulation and hydrological modeling, her most recent regional-scale research investigated the effectiveness of watershed-scale stormwater best management practices, and of alternative urban development patterns, for conserving stream ecosystem health in the context of rapid urbanization and climate change.

At the site scale, Hong is passionate about exploring innovative design approaches to integrating sustainability into urban landscapes. Her current Green Stormwater Infrastructure research focuses on lessons learned on the design, construction, monitoring, and maintenance of Low Impact Development practices across different social and environmental contexts. 

Hong also practices landscape architecture professionally, as a principal of Urban People + Space Landscape Design Studio (Beijing), and a consultant for the Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute and Herrera Environment Consultants (Seattle). With three international design awards, including a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Honor Award, Hong’s previous work mainly dealt with transformation of contaminated sites into environmental and social amenities, as well as municipal-scale urban green space planning.

She is currently actively involved in the planning and design of “Sponge Cities” in China; ongoing projects include city-scale green infrastructure planning and design, boulevard stormwater retrofitting, etc.


  • Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture – University of Oregon
  • M.L.A. – Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • B.Arch. – Tsinghua University, Beijing

Courses Taught

  • LARCH 216/311/321/530 - Landscape Systems Studio & Seminar
  • LARCH 231/235 – Design Implementation: Grading
  • LARCH 336/431 – Design Implementation: Stormwater Management



  • Urban Hydrology
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure
  • Watershed Planning and Management
  • Landscape Performance Evaluation
  • Alternative Futures Research
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning & Design
  • Brownfield Remediation

Honors + Awards

  • Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Case Study Investigation (CSI) Research Fellow, 2017.
  • Honor Award, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional Awards, Analysis and Planning Category, 2012.
  • Presidential Award, the 8th International Federation of Landscape Architecture Asian Pacific Region (IFLA APR) Award, Landscape Design Category, 2011.
  • Second Prize, Torsanlorenzo International Prize in Section A - Landscape Design in Transformation of the Territory, 2009.

Exhibitions + Presentations

  • Wu, H. 2016, June.  Protect stream ecosystem health with integrated stormwater management in the context of urbanization and climate change.  International Low Impact Development conference, Beijing, China.
  • Wu, H., Y. Zou, L. Liu, and S. Jiang, 2016, June.  Designing rain gardens in north China: lessons learned from pilot projects.  International Low Impact Development conference, Beijing, China.
  • Lenth, J., C. Hinman, and H. Wu, 2016, June.  A statewide Low Impact Development training and certificate program for Washington State, USA and the potential for its adaptation in China.  International Low Impact Development conference, Beijing, China.
  • Lenth, J., W. Lucas, D. Ahearn, Y. Yang, and H. Wu, 2016, June.  Lesson learned from stormwater management in the United States.  Full-day pre-conference workshop at the 2016 International Low Impact Development conference, Beijing, China.
  • Zheng, L., H. Wu, and R. Henderson, 2016, March.  The evolution of recreational spaces in early modern Shanghai (1843-1949).  Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Han, Y., L. Zhang, H. Wu, and J. Hu, 2011, January.  A wetland park planning directed by bird habitat requirements – case study of the core area planning of Lotus Lake National Wetland Park in Tieling, China.  International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Han, Y., L. Zhang, H. Wu, and J. Hu, 2011, March.  The role of research in landscape planning and design - case study of the Lotus Lake National Wetland Park in Tieling, China.  Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.


  • Wu, H., J. Bolte, D. Hulse, and B. Johnson. 2015.  A scenario-based approach to integrating flow-ecology research with watershed development planning.  Landscape and Urban Planning 144, 74-89. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.08.012 (Cover story).
  • Wu, H. and B. Johnson.  Simulating the interactive impacts of urbanization and climate change on streamflow regimes in the southern Willamette Valley, Oregon U.S.A. Landscape and Urban Planning, (under review).
  • Wu, X. 2012.  Walking in the wormwood (1444p.), edited by H. Wu. Shanghai Literature & Art Publishing House, Shanghai, China.
  • Maul Foster Alongi, 2013.  Think big – Zidell cleanup (52p.). Translated into Chinese by N. Zhao, H. Wu, and D. Wei. Portland, OR.

Built Works

  • Lotus Lake National Wetland Park, Tieling, Liaoning, China
  • Urban People + Space Rain Garden, Beijing, China
  • Dianchi Dounan Wetland Park Planning and Design, Kunming, Yunnan, China
  • Tianjing Lake Landscape Planning and Design, Tongling, Anhui, China


  • SALA Career Day Organizing Committee
  • SALA Lectures and Exhibitions Planning Committee
  • SALA International Student Advisor
  • Ecology plus Design (E+D) Steering Committee
  • Center for Landscape Ecology (CLD) Steering Committee
  • Water Research and Education at Penn State (WREAPS) Steering Committee

CV + Files + Links

Evaluating three build projects for their landscape performance
Landscape and Urban Planning publication cover
Animated landscape change simulation
Urban rain garden showing glass atrium perched over green wetland garden
Lotus Lake wetland as bird habitat