Huang, Jianxiang 黃健翔

BArch Tsinghua; March Tsinghua; MCP MIT; DDes Harvard; LEED AP; AICP

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design a the University of Hong Kong. I study the human-built environment interactions through the lens of “urban new data”, i.e., social media, POI, behavioural data, and wellbeing. I also study sustainable and intelligent design, including urban environment and energy modelling and design optimization based on artificial intelligence. I have developed a series of design and planning software tools for urban heat island mitigation, building energy efficiency, traffic noise mitigation, and enhance of occupant thermal comfort. These software tools have been applied in real-world projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, mainland China, the US, among others.

I teach lecture-based courses on urban theories, technologies, and design studios in Hong Kong and overseas context. I coordinate the thesis project and admission for the Master of Urban Design Programme (MUD), and I co-developed the MUD curriculum in my capacity as the Assistant Programme Director. I am a LEED accredited professional, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a former member of the board of directors of the International Association for China Planning. I served as the organization committee on the International Society of City and Regional Planners and Global Heat Health Information Network. Prior to joining HKU, I worked as an urban designer at Sasaki Associates Inc. on many award-winning projects recognized by the Society of College and University Planning, International Downtown Association, the American Institute of Architects, and the Boston Society of Architects.  I hold a Doctor of Design from Harvard University, a Master in City Planning from MIT, a Master and a Bachelor in Architecture from Tsinghua University.

Research Clusters


Year Course Taught Semester Enrolment
2017-21 MUDP1030 Morphologies & Urban Design Theories Fall 36-43
2017-21 MUDP1020 Urban Design Technology and Innovations Fall 33-36
2013-18 ARCH6070 Research Methods for Urban Design Spring 22-26
2013-16 ARCH7060 Urban Design Theories and Principles Fall 22-26
2013-16 ARCH6104 Physical Environment and Site Planning Spring 22-26
2013-16 ARCH7121 Computers in Urban Design Fall 22-26
2021 MUDP1030 International Urban Design Studio (Hong Kong) Spring 33
2019-20 MUDP1030 International Urban Design Studio (Amsterdam) Spring 31
2017-18 ARCH6102 International Urban Design Studio (Paris) Spring 26
2016 ARCH6102 International Urban Design Studio (Auckland) Spring 26
2015 ARCH6102 International Urban Design Studio (Mumbai) Spring 26
2014 ARCH6102 International Urban Design Studio (Gdansk) Spring 22
2013 ARCH6101 Urban Design Studio I (Hong Kong) Fall 22




  • National Natural Science Foundation of China, “A Multi-City Study of Thermal Adaptation in Urban Outdoor Spaces Using Social Media Data Analytics”. (Award # 51978594), Principle Investigator: Jianxiang Huang
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China, “An integrated model of urban microclimate and building energy.” Funding amount RMB 200,000 (Award # 51708473) PI: Jianxiang Huang.
  • Theme-based Research Scheme 2016/17 (Fifth Round), “Safety, Reliability, and Disruption Management of High Speed Rail and Metro Systems”, Funding amount HK$ 40 Million, Co-Investigator: Jianxiang Huang
  • URC Small Equipment Grant 2016/2017, “A Numerical Model to Assess 3D Urban Acoustic Environment in High-Density Cities”, Principle Investigator: Jianxiang Huang
  • HKU Strategic Partnerships Fund with Tsinghua University, President’s Office: “Smart Urban Data Platform and Sustainable Design Software for Built Environment Quality Assessment and Enhancement”. HKU PI: Jianxiang Huang
  • Health and Medical Research Fund, “A Prospective Cohort Study of Road Traffic Noise, Depressive Symptoms, and Mental Well-being”, Funding Amount HK$ 400,000, Co-Investigator: Jianxiang Huang

Selected Publication

  • Huang, J Obracht-Prondzynska, H; Kamrowska-Zaluska, D; Sun, Y; Li, L.* (2021), “The image of the City on social media: A comparative study using “Big Data” and “Small Data” methods in the Tri-City Region in Poland”, Landscape and Urban Planning, 206, 103977
  • Huang, J.*; Xu, Y.; Jones, P.; Li, X.; Guo, M.; Liu, G.; Ji, JS, (2021) “Building Energy and Thermo-Hydraulic Simulation (BETHS) for District Heat System in Residential Communities: A Case of Shenyang, China”, Energy and Buildings, 247, 11114
  • Huang, J.; Jones, P.*; Zhang, A.; Hou, S.S.; Spengler, J.D. (2021), “Outdoor Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus Among Apartments in High-Density Cities”, Frontiers in Built Environment, 7, 666923
  • Sun, S; Cao, W; Ge, Y; Ran, J; Sun, F; Zeng, Q; Guo, M; Huang, J; Lee, RSY (2021) “Outdoor light at night and risk of coronary heart disease among older adults: a prospective cohort study”, European Heart Journal 42 (8), 822-830
  • Wang, Q; Li, Y.*; Lung D.C.; Chan, P.; Dung, CH; Jia, W; Miao, T.; Huang, J; et al. (2021) “Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2 due to the chimney effect in two high-rise housing drainage stacks”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 421, 126799
  • Huang, J.*; Jones, P.; Zhang, A.; Peng, R.; Li, X.; Chan, PW.  (2020) “Urban Building Energy and Climate (UrBEC) Simulation: Example Application and Field Evaluation in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong” Energy and Buildings, Vol.207, pp.109580
  • Huang, J.*; Chen, Y.; Jones, P.; Hao, T. (2020) “Heat Stress and Outdoor Activities in Open Spaces of Public Housing Estates in Hong Kong: A Perspective of the Elderly Community”, Indoor and the Built Environment, 1420326X20950448
  • Yang, L.; Ho, JYS.; Wong, FKY.; Chang, KKP.; Chan, KL.; Wong, MS.; Ho, HC,; Yuen,J.;  Huang, J.; Siu, J (2020), “Neighbourhood green space, perceived stress and sleep quality in an urban population”, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 126763
  • Wang, D.; Hu, L.; Hu, D.; Liu Y.; Huang, J. Xu, Y.; Liu, J.* (2020) “Classification, experimental assessment, modelling methods and evaluation metrics of Trombe walls”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 124, pp. 109772
  • Huang, J.; Guo, M.; Zhang, A., Hao, T. (2020), Environmental Urban Design for Hong Kong: How Asia’s World City Sustains the High Density High-Rise Living While Keeps Urban Environmental Challenges in Check, in Cahiers#176 Cities Change the World, edited by Lecroart, Paul; Fauconnet, Léo; Gawlik, Maximilian
  • Huang, J.; Guo, M.; Zhang, A.; Hao, T.; Sun, Y.; Jones, P. (2020) Sustainable High Density Cities: Empowering Practitioners with Digital Technologies, in HKIUD Journal Urbanie & Urbaus, issue 3, Sustainable Cities
  • Guo, M., Huang, J., & Ni, M. Y. (2019). 3D built-environment attributes and household road traffic noise exposure in Hong Kong. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 329. DOI:
  • Liang, W.; Huang, J.*; Jones, P.; Hang, J.; Wang, Q. (2018) “A Zonal Model for Assessing Street Canyon Air Temperature of High-Dense Cities”, Building and Environment, vol.132, pp. 160-169
  • Huang, J., Jones, P., Peng, R., Li, X., & Hou, S. (2017). An integrated model for urban microclimate and building energy in high-density cities for early stage design. Building Simulation 2017, 1204-1211.
  • Huang, J.*; Zhou, C.; Zhuo, Y.; Xu, L.; Jiang, Y. (2016) “Outdoor Thermal Environments and Activities in Open Space: An Experiment Study in Humid Subtropical Climates” Building and Environment, Vol.103, pp. 238-249
  • Huang, J.; Zhang, Q.; Li, L.; Yang, Y.; Chiaradia, A.; Pryor, M.; Webster, C. (2016), “Happiness and High-rise Living: Sentiment Analysis of Geo-Located Twitter Data in Hong Kong’s Housing Estates” Proceedings of the 52ndISOCARP Congress, Durban, South Africa [12 September 2016]
  • Webster, C. J., Chiaradia, A. J. F., Gallacher, J. E. J., Huang, J., Jiang, B., Kumari, S., Melbourne, S. J., Ni, M. Y., Pryor, M. R., Sarkar, C., Sun, G., Tang, D. S. W., Zhang, X., & Sullivan, W. C. S. (2017). Being More Precise About The Smart In Smart Cities. In K. Tang (Ed.), Hong Kong Institute of Planners Journal (Issue 31, pp.3-24). Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Planners.
  • Huang, J.; Wang, Y.; Rong, P.; Yang, Y.; Spengler, J.D.; Tomasso, L. (2016) “Urban Microclimate & Pedestrian Comfort in Dense Cities”, Urban Environment Design (UED) Magazine, vol.101, Issue 06, pp.266-273.
  • Huang, J.; Zhang, A.; Peng, R. (2015), “Evaluating the MultiZone Model for Street Canyon Airflow in High Density Cities” Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Hyderabad, India, [9 December 2015]
  • Huang, J.*; Cedeño-Laurent, J.G.; Spengler, J.D. (2014), “CityComfort+: A Simulation-Based Method for Predicting Mean Radiant Temperature in Dense Urban Areas”, Building and Environment, vol. 80, pp.84-95
  • Lai, D.; Zhou, C.; Huang, J.; Jiang, Y.; Long, Z.; Chen, Q.* (2014), “Outdoor Space Quality: A Field Study in an Urban Residential Community in Central China”, Energy and Buildings, vol. 68 Part B pp. 713-720
  • Huang, J.; Zhuo, Y.; Xu, L.; Zhou, C. (2014) Thermal Comfort and Outdoor Activities in China’s Residential Communities: The Wuhan Experiment, Proceedings of the 2014 Indoor Air Conference, Hong Kong [July 2014]
  • Huang, J.; Qiu, Y. (2012), “Sustaining Public Housing: Case Study of Boston’s Castle Square Apartments”, Urban Flux, Issue 3, p.47-49.