USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Guoping Huang

Guoping Huang

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences

  • 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 and the International Geodesign Collaboration.

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.

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.

He has published widely in English and Chinese.

Selected Works

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,

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.

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,

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.

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,

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.

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