I received my PhD from the School of Planning, University of Waterloo and received my master’s in Urban Planning and Design and bachelor of architecture from South China University of Technology. Prior to joining Ryerson, I worked with the Regional Municipality of Peel and practiced in the architectural and urban design fields in China and Canada. I am a registered professional planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
As an architect–planner, I have always been fascinated by cities and the interactions between people and urban spaces. This passion for city- and community-building has sparked my research interests that encompass community design, retail developments, urban revitalization and multicultural planning. Specifically, the various trajectories of immigrants’ settlement, adaptation, and integration processes in multicultural Canada fascinate me, and have led to my extensive research on how immigrant settlement affects urban landscapes, municipal policies and planning. One of my research focuses is on the rise of ethnic retail neighbourhoods as physical markers of increasing multiculturalism. I have obtained internal and external funding to explore numerous case studies of ethnic retail neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). I recently started a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded research project exploring placemaking practices in over 100 emerging suburban Chinese and South Asian retail clusters in the GTA. The research aims to explore how immigrant communities have shaped and transformed urban spaces, and vice versa. Effective placemaking strategies will be identified to help municipalities tackle typical issues related to land use, built form, parking capacity, economic development and community-building.
Physical planning and design fundamentals
Multicultural cities and planning policies
Senior research paper/project
Field research projects
Planning research design
Philosophy of teaching:
To help students realize their potential to grow and become autonomous learners
To provide students with applied cases of urban development within the context of contemporary city-building
RPP, Registered Professional Planner
Interim Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor