Chenghe Guan


ChengHe Guan is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU. Guan taught an urban design studio, a research seminar on spatial analysis, and a lecture course on urban form at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard College for the last three years. Guan was a Research Fellow at the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He works as a consultant for the PEAK Urban program at COMPAS, University of Oxford and the World Bank urban development sector.

Guan’s research interest is on urban form, transformation, and simulation. He uses quantitative research methods, urban growth modeling, and spatial statistics to study the changing urban geographical processes and urban migration policies that shape cities, towns, and landscape. His expertise in GIS application and spatial analysis covers multidisciplinary topics including urban design, urban geography, and regional landscape planning. Guan has been a registered Architect in California since 2009. He is the founding partner of a design consulting firm, City Builder Design, and serves as the chief designer for the North America Institute of Buddhism, a nonprofit organization in the United States.

Research Interests: Changing urban geographical processes that shape cities, towns, and landscapes; Urban design, land use, and planning policy; Urban simulation, cellular automata urban growth modeling, and spatial analysis; Real estate, urban economics, and urban development; Regional planning and international development.