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. My research areas are 1) urban performance simulation and 2) urban data analytics. I developed urban environment and energy simulation and optimization models; I also study the human-built environment interactions through the lens of “urban new data”, i.e., social media, POI, behavioral data, and wellbeing. I 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 urban theories, technologies, and design studios in Hong Kong and overseas context. 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. Prior to 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


MUDP1030 Morphologies & Urban Design Theories Fall
MUDP1020 Urban Design Technology and Innovations Fall
MUDP1030 International Urban Design Studio Spring
MUDP1003 Urban Design Thesis/Dissertation Summer


Thesis Supervision


Theme-Based Research Scheme 2021/22 Eleventh Round, (T22-504/21-R), “Healthy and Resilient City with Pervasive LoCHs”, Funding amount HK$ 34.6 million, Co-PI

National Natural Science Foundation of China, (51978594), “A Multi-City Study of Thermal Adaptation in Urban Outdoor Spaces Using Social Media Data Analytics” Funding amount RMB 550,000, PI

National Natural Science Foundation of China, (51708473), “An integrated model of urban microclimate and building energy.” Funding amount RMB 200,000, PI

Hong Kong Research Grant Concil, Theme-based Research Scheme 2016/17 Fifth Round, (T32-101/15-R), “Safety, Reliability, and Disruption Management of High Speed Rail and Metro Systems”, Funding amount HK$ 40 Million, Co-I

URC Small Equipment Grant 2016/2017, (102009625), “A Numerical Model to Assess 3D Urban Acoustic Environment in High-Density Cities”, Funding amount HK$ 760,000, PI

HKU Strategic Partnerships Fund with Tsinghua University, (020300083) “Smart Urban Data Platform and Sustainable Design Software for Built Environment Quality Assessment and Enhancement”. Funding amount HK$ 350,000, PI

Health and Medical Research Fund, (13143421), “A Prospective Cohort Study of Road Traffic Noise, Depressive Symptoms, and Mental Well-being”, Funding Amount HK$ 480,000, Co-I

Selected Publication

  • Huang, J*; Cui, Y; Li, L; Guo, M; Ho, HC; Lu, Y; Webster, C, “Re-Examining Jane Jacobs’ Doctrine using New Urban Data in Hong Kong”, Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, (In Press)
  • Huang, J*; Hao, T.; Wang, Y.; Jones, P., (2022) “A Street-Scale Simulation Model for the Cooling Performance of Urban Greenery: Evidence from a High-Density City”, Sustainable Cities and Society, 82, 103908
  • Chang, H; Huang, J; Yao, W; Zhao, W; Li, L.* (2022) “How new transit stations affect expressed sentiment and activity in social media? A case study in Hong Kong”, Transport Policy, 120, 139-155
  • Chang, H.; Li, L.*; Huang, J.; Zhang, Q.; Chin, K.S, (2022) “Tracking Traffic Congestion and Accidents using Social Media Data: A Case Study of Shanghai”, Accident Analysis and Prevention 169, 106618
  • Wang, Q.; Lin, Z.; Niu, J.; Choi, G.; Fung, J.; Lau, A.; Louie, P. Leung, K.; Huang, J.; Cheng, P.; Zhao, P.; Chen, W.; Zhang, S.; Fu, L.; Chan, PW.; Wong, AH.; Tse, H.; Wong, S.; Lai, R.; Hui, D.; Yuen, K.; Lung, D.; Li, Y.* (2022) “Spread of SARS-CoV-2 aerosols via two connected drainage stacks in a high-rise housing outbreak of COVID-19”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 430, 128475
  • Wang, Q.; Lung, DC.; Chan, PT.; Jia, W.; Dung, CH.; Miao, T.; Huang, J.; Chen, W.; Wang, Z.; Leung, KM.; Xu, P.; , Lin, Z.; Wong, D.; Tse, H.; Wong, S.; Choi,G. To,K.; Cheng, V.; Yuen, KY.; Li, Y. (2022), “High attack rate in a Tong Lau house outbreak of COVID-19 with subdivided units in Hong Kong”, Interface Focus 12 (202), 10063
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.*; 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
  • 庄智; 蓝洪宁; 黄健翔; 姚佳伟(2020) 时空演变下的城市中心区风环境模拟研究———以上海陆家嘴中央商务区为例, 建筑科学, 2020, 36(12): 167-173
  • Liang, W.; Huang, *; 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 [IF=4.54]
  • Huang, *; Zhou,  C.; Zhuo,  Y.; Xu,  L.; Jiang,  Y. (2016) “A Thermal Perspective of Behaviours in Outdoor Open Spaces: An Experiment Study” Building and Environment,  vol.103,  pp. 238-249
  • Huang, *; 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, ; 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