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Hong Wu

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Portrait of Hong Wu
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 and Design Institute. With three international design awards, including a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Honor Award, Hong’s previous work mainly dealt with the 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, and more.

  • Education
    • B.ARCH from Tsinghua University, Beijing
    • MLA from Tsinghua University, Beijing
    • PhD in Landscape Architecture from University of Oregon
  • Courses Taught
    • LARCH 112: Introductory Design Studio
    • LARCH 216/311/321/530/816: Landscape Systems Studio & Seminar
    • LARCH 231/235: Design Implementation: Grading
    • LARCH 336/431/838: Design Implementation: Stormwater Management
  • Honors + Awards


    • Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Case Study Investigation (CSI) Research Fellow.


    • Honor Award, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional Awards, Analysis and Planning Category.


    • Presidential Award, the 8th International Federation of Landscape Architecture Asian Pacific Region (IFLA APR) Award, Landscape Design Category.


    • Second Prize, Torsanlorenzo International Prize in Section A – Landscape Design in Transformation of the Territory.
  • Exhibitions + Productions


    • Wu, H., & Hall, J. “Exploring Maintenance-friendly Planting Design for Green Stormwater Infrastructure.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 2019 Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA, March 9.


    • Smithwick, E. A. H., K. Y. Zipp, H. Wu, M. W. Kaye, A. Taylor, P. B. Newman, Y. H. Shr, A. Zhao, C. Dems, and E. Thurston. “Firescapes in the Mid-Atlantic: Mismatches between Social Perceptions and Prescribed Fire Use.” The Association of American Geographers 2018 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April.
    • Wu, H., and C. Silveira. “Improving Environmental Performance Evaluation of Landscapes: One Metric/Project at a Time.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 2018 Annual Conference, Blacksburg, VA, March 23.


    • Wu, H. “Landscape Performance: One Project at a Time.” Penn State E + D Inaugural Symposium, The developing center of Ecology + Design at Penn State, State College, PA, November 1.
    • Wu, H. and R. Henderson. “Beijing’s natural history.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture 2017 Annual Conference, Beijing, China, May 29.


    • Lenth, J., W. Lucas, D. Ahearn, Y. Yang, and H. Wu, 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.
    • Wu, H., 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, 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, 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.
  • Publications + Presentations


    • Wu, H., and B. R. Johnson. Climate Change will both Exacerbate and Attenuate Urbanization Impacts on Streamflow Regimes in southern Willamette Valley, Oregon. River Research and Applications.
    • Wu, H. Advancing Landscape Performance Evaluation: One Project at a Time. Ecology and Design. Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. State College, PA.



    • Wu, H., J. Bolte, D. Hulse, and B. Johnson. 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).
  • 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
  • Service + Affiliations
    • Water Research and Education at Penn State (WREAPS) Steering Committee
    • Center for Landscape Dynamics (CLD) Steering Committee
    • Ecology plus Design (E+D) Steering Committee
    • SALA Career Day Organizing Committee
    • SALA Lectures and Exhibitions Planning Committee
    • SALA International Student Advisor