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Urban design and planning

Urban regeneration

Urban and rural governance



Doctor of Engineer, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, 2007

Master of Engineer, School of Architecture, Tianjin University, 2003

Bachelor of Engineer, School of Architecture, Tianjin University, 2000



2020.12-                  Associate Professor (Tenure)/ Special Research Fellow, Assistant to Dean, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

2017.01-2017.02     Visiting Professor, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2015.07-2016.01     SPURS Fellow, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2012.12-2020.12      Associate professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

2008.12-2012.12      Lecturer, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

                                   Editor-in-charge, China City Planning Review 

2007.07 -2008.10    Post-doctoral Researcher, TU Dortmund, Germany (Alexander Humboldt Scholar, Germany)

2007.07-2008.04     Visiting Scholar, Berlin Free University, Germany



2019-            International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, Editorial Board Member

                   Urban Planning International, Editorial Board Member

                   Resilient City Committee of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Committee Member

2018-          Urban Design Committee of Architectural Society of China, Committee Member

2016-          Urban Regeneration Committee of Urban Planning Society of China, Committee Member, Vice Secretary

2015-          Eco-city Committee of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Committee Member

2015-2020  7th Architecture Discipline Appraisal Panel of the Academic Degree Committee of State Council of China, Secretary

2008-          China City Planning Review, Editorial Board Member

2014-2020  HORIZON 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies Program, European Union, Expert Evaluator



[1]      Spatial Identification and Urban Design Strategies to Urban Heat Vulnerability Based on Multisource Data Fusion (2020-2023(principal investigator, funded by China Natural Science Foundation)

[2]      Urban Regeneration System Construction and Management Strategies for Capital Beijing (2019-2021) (principal investigator, funded by Beijing Social Science Foundation)

[3]      Collective Forms: Neighbourhood Transformations, Spatialized Governmentality and New Communities in China (2018-2020) (co-investigator, funded by the British Academy under the Humanities and Social Science Tacking, the UK’s International Challenges Programme)

[4]      Study on Green Planning and Control Method and Its Optimization in New Urban Area, National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018-2021) (participantfunded by China Natural Science Foundation)

[5]      A Study on Urban Design Strategies of Urban Open Space System to Improve Urban Thermal Environment: Based on Multiple Digital Technologies (2015-2017(principal investigator, funded by China Natural Science Foundation)

[6]      Research and Demonstration on Township Planning and Implementation Technologies (2014-2017) (principal investigator, funded by 12th Five-year National Science and Technology Support Project of China)

[7]      Urban Design Management Approaches on Open Space System (2014-2017) (principal investigator, funded by Humanities and Social Science Research Projects of the Education Ministry of China)

[8]      Urban Design Strategies and Management Mechanism to Optimize Urban Thermal Environment (2013-2015) (principal investigator, funded by Beijing Talent Youth Program)

[9]      Metropolitan Region Governance: Cases from Germany and China (2010-2012) (principal investigatorfunded by the Start-up Fund of the Ministry of Education for Returned Scientific Researchers in China)

[10]    Comparative Study on Strategic Planning Between China and Germany: Beijing, Rhine-Ruhr and Berlin-Brandenburg (2007-2008) (principal investigatorfunded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)



2020  1nd Prize, Excellent Urban and Rural Planning Projects of China, Urban Planning Association of China

2019, 2020  Excellent Responsible Planner (Community Planner), Beijing Urban Planning Society

2019  2nd Prize, Excellent Urban and Rural Planning Projects of Beijing, Beijing Urban Planning Society

2019  3nd Prize, Excellent Survey Reports, Beijing Municipal Commission of Planning and Natural Resources

2018  2nd Prize, Excellent Survey Reports, Beijing Planning and Land-resource Commission

2018  1st Prize, Beijing Teaching Achievement Awards of High Education, Beijing Municipal Education Commission

2017   Best Track Paper, Best Congress Paper nominee, the AESOP 2017 Congress, Lisbon

2016   Honourable Paper Award, JIN-Jingchang Outstanding Paper Awards of Urban Planning of China

2016   Winner, International Urban Design Competition of Tongzhou, the Sub-Center of Beijing (AECOM-Tsinghua joint team)

2014   3rd Prize, Excellent Paper Awards of 2014 Conference of China Urban Economy Association

2013   Beijing Talent Youth, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education

2012   2nd Prize, Excellent Urban and Rural Planning Projects of China, Urban Planning Association of China

2011   1st Prize, Excellent Urban and Rural Planning Projects of Beijing, Beijing Urban Planning Society

2009  Honourable Paper Award, National Youth Urban Planning Paper Contest, Urban Planning Society of China 

2009  1st Prize, Excellent Urban and Rural Planning Projects of Hebei Province, Urban Planning Association of Hebei Province

2007  German Chancellor Scholarship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

2004  Excellent Paper Award, “Qiushi” National Planning Paper Contest, Urban Planning Society of China



[1]      Tang Yan, Yang Dong. Urban Regeneration in China: Institutional Innovation of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai. Routledge Press, 2021 (in-progress).

[2]      Bian Lanchun, Tang Yan, Shen Zhenjiang eds. Chinese Urban Planning and Construction: From Historical Wisdom to Modern Miracles. Springer, 2021.

[3]      Tang Yan, Yang Dong, Chen Kai, Zhu He. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region: Regional Governance under a Highly Centralized Political System. in, David Gómez-Álvarez, Eduardo López-Moreno, Robin Rajack eds., Steering the Metropolis: Metropolitan Governance for Sustainable Urban Development, Mexican city of Guadalajara: University of Guadalajara2017:341-350. (Book Chapter)

[4]      Tang Yan, Yang Dong. The Regeneration of Disused Military Airfields in China. in, Samer Bagaeen and Celia Clark eds., Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites, New York: Routledge, 2016:160-183. (Book Chapter)

[5]      Tang Yan, Kim Seiyong, Wei Hanbin et al. Urban Planning and Design in South Korea (in Chinese). Beijing:Tsinghua University Press, 2019.12.

[6]      Tang Yan, Li Jing, Wang Xuemei, Yu Ruizhi. Street Design Guidelines: The Practice of Beijing Chaoyang District (in Chinese). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2019.10.

[7]      Tang Yan, Yang Dong, Zhu He. The Innovation of Urban Regeneration Institutions in China: Experience from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai (in Chinese). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2019.8.

[8]      Tang Yan. Regulatory Planning (in Chinese). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2019.3.

[9]      Tang Yan, Klaus R. Kunzmann eds. Culture, Creative Industries and Urban Regeneration (in Chinese). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2016.12.

[10]   Gu Chaolin, Zhang Yue, Shao Lei, Tang Yan, Chen Jijun eds. Regional Planning Guidelines for County, Town, Township and Village (in Chinese)Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2016.3.

[11]   Tang Yan, Klaus R. Kunzmann eds. Creative City in Practice: European and Asian Perspectives (in Chinese). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2013.10.

[12]   Tang Yan. Make Urban Design Work: Institutions and Institutional Environment (in Chinese). Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2012.2.

[13]   Tang Yan. Regional Governance and Cooperation of Metropolitan Region in Germany (in Chinese). Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2011.9.



[1]      Matthew Carmona, Claudio De Magalhaes, Lucy Natarajan wrote; Tang Yan, Zhu He et al. translated. Design Governance: The CABE Experiment. Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2020.

[2]      Leonhard Schenk wrote; Tang Yan, Zhu He, Kuang-Chieh Chen translated. Designing Cities: Basics-Principles-Projects. Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2019.6.

[3]      David Grahame Shane wrote; Bian Lanchun, Tang Yan et al. translated. Urban Design since 1945: A Global Perspective. Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2017.8.

[4]      Hugh Barton, Marcus Grant, Richard Guise, eds.; Tang Yan, Liang Sisi, Guo Leixian translated. Shaping Neighbourhoods: for Local Health and Global Sustainability. Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2017.1.

[5]      Un-Habitat wrote; Translation Team of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development translated. Enhancing Urban Safety and Security: Global Report on Human Settlements 2007, Beijing: China Building Industry Press, 2014.9.



[1]      Cai Zhi, Tang Yan, Chen Kai, Han Guifeng. Assessing the Heat Vulnerability of Different Local Climate Zones in the Old Areas of a Chinese Megacity. Sustainability, 2019, 11, 2032:1-15.

[2]      Tang Yan, Zhang Lu, Li Jing. A Comparative Study on Participatory Micro-Regeneration of Old Communities: From the Perspective of Social Capital. China City Planning Review,2019,28(04):50-58.

[3]      Tang Yan, Liang Sisi, Yu Ruizhi. Theoretical and Practical Influences of Kevin Lynch in China. Journal of the American Planning Association, 2018, 84(3-4): 293-305.

[4]      Tang Yan, Zhao Wenning, Gu Chaolin. Urbanization and Rural Development in the Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei Metropolitan Region: Coupling-Degree Model. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 2017, 143(1):04016028, 1-15.

[5]      Tang Yan, Chen Kai. Governance of Urban Green Open Space for Responding to Climate Change. China City Planning Review, 2017(3):14-22.

[6]      Tang Yan, Gary Hack. Transforming Urban Design Education at Tsinghua University. Urban Design and Planning, 2017,170(3): 107-120.

[7]      Gu Chaolin, Tang Yan, Zhao Wenning. The Evolution of Rural Governance System in China and its Influences to Rural Spatial Planning. China City Planning Review, 2015.04:15-22.

[8]      Tang Yan. A Review of Large-Scale Urban Design in China. Urban Design and Planning, 2014,167(10), DP5: 209-220.

[9]      Tang Yan, Huang He. Beijing: Government-led Development of Culture and Creative Industrial Clusters. China City Planning Review. 2013(03): 29-38.

[10]   Tang Yan, Klaus R. Kunzmann. The Evolution of Spatial Planning for Beijing. Informationen zur Raumentwicklung: 2008. 8.

[11]   Tang Yan. Urban Design Transformation in the Era of Refined Governance: a Binary Thinking (in Chinese). City Planning Review, 2020(2): 20-26.

[12]   Chen Kai, Tang Yan. Identification of Urban Areas Vulnerable to Heat Waves and Coping Strategies: a Case Study of Beijing Central City (in Chinese). City Planning Review, 2019(12):37-44+77.

[13]   Li Jing, Tang Yan, Qi Mengnan, Peng Jingyi. Street Design Guidelines Compilation for Urban Governance, Chaoyang District, Beijing (in Chinese). Planners, 2018, 34(6): 42-48.

[14]   Tang Yan. Study on Strategies to Revitalize the Old Industrial Land: Dealing with the “New Normal” Economy and “Stock Land” Development (in Chinese). Reform of Economic System, 2015(4): 102-108.

[15]   Tang Yan. Transformation of Large-Scale Urban Design under the New-type Urbanization Background: towards a Strategic, Elaborative and Diversified Process (in Chinese). South Architecture, 2015(5):27-31.

[16]   Wei Hanbin, Tang Yan, Jin Shiyong. Government Guidance and Government-citizen Collaborated Community Development in South Korea (in Chinese). Planners, 2015(5):145-150.

[17]   Tang Yan, Xu Jingquan. Innovative Strategies and Approaches of Urban Design Institutions (in Chinese). Urban Problems, 2011(4): 16-21.

[18]   Tang Yan. Comparative Case Study of Regional Governance of German Metropolitan Regions (in Chinese). Urban Planning International, 2010(6): 58-63.

[19]   Tang Yan, Wu Weijia. Paradox and Controversy of Urban Design Institutions (in Chinese). City Planning Review, 2009(2):72-77.

[20]   Tang Yan. Inter-regional Cooperation and Planning Coordination Mechanism in Metropolitan Region of Berlin-Brandenburg (in Chinese). Urban Development Studies, 2009(1): 49-54.

[21]   Tang Yan. The Experience of Brownfield Redevelopment in Ruhr Industrial Region (in Chinese). Urban Planning International, 2007(3):66-68.

[22]   Tang Yan. Cultural Reflection on the Location Planning of Villages: With the Location Planning of Villages in Fengqiao Town of Jiaxing as an Example (in Chinese). Planners, 2006(4): 49-52.

[23]   Tang Yan. Analysis on Rent-seeking in Planning Decision-making and Administration in the Transitional Period (in Chinese). City Planning Review, 2005(1):25-29.

[24]   He Jing, Tang Yan, Chen Xinxin. Integrated Interactive Development of New Districts and the Historic Areas: An Approach to the Preservation and Regeneration of the Traditional Districts in China's Large Cities (in Chinese). City Planning Review, 2003(4):57-60.

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