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Yekang Ko

Yekang Ko, Ph.D.

Assistant professor in City & Regional Planning

School of Urban & Public Affairs



Academic Background

Ph.D., Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.

M. Area Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, The Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, 2007.

B.S., Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, 2005.

Areas of Sustainability/Environmental Expertise

Assessment of urban sustainability;

Energy efficient urban design and planning utilizing renewable energy resources;

Environmental planning and urban ecology;

Spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS);

Asia-Pacific Region

Summary of Current and Ongoing Research

My research focuses on assessment of urban sustainability using spatial analysis and GIS. I have forthcoming articles that investigate the impact of urban form on residential energy use, vehicle energy use, and on-site solar energy potentials.


On Sustainability...

I am a passionate environmental planner who supports the long-term resilience of built environment through trans-disciplinary approaches. My research and teaching explores the sustainable urban forms that minimize energy consumption and maximize on-site renewable energy utilization. I am also interested in international planning in the Asia-Pacific region. My research and professional projects are based on environmental planning, science, policy and active collaboration with local governments and NGOs. At UTA, I teach:

CIRP 5327 Introduction to Green Cities & Transportation (Fall)

CIRP 5350 Environmental Planning (Fall)

CIRP 5308 Metropolitan Sustainability & Planning Ethics (Spring)

INTS 4388 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: Sustainable Communities (Spring)