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Summit Panelist: Jeffrey Hou

Jeffrey Hou
June 11, 2016

Jeffrey Hou, PhD
Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Jeffrey Hou is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on community design, design activism, public space and democracy, and transcultural placemaking. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in Seattle and Oakland.

Hou is editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and a co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Community: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens (2009). Both received the EDRA Places Award respectively in 2012 and 2010. He is also an editor of Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013), Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here (2015), and two forthcoming books — Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia (2016) and City Unsilenced: Public Space and Urban Resistance in the Age of Shrinking Democracy (2017). Hou was a co-founder of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network and served on the boards of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and Association for Community Design. His work in Seattle’s International District was recognized through a Community Builder Award from SCIDpda (2012). In 2013, he was appointed the City of Vienna Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). In 2015, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. Hou received his B Arch from the Cooper Union, MLA from University of Pennsylvania, and PhD and M Arch from University of California, Berkeley.