Title: Assistant Professor
Office Location: 525 BPM Center
Google Scholar Link: Dr. Yingying Lyu Profile
- Harvard University, Graduate School of Design; Doctor of Design, 2019; urban planning and design concentration.
- Harvard University, Graduate School of Design; Master in Design Studies, 2013; concentration in Energy and Environment.
- Tsinghua University, School of Architecture; Beijing, China; Master of Engineering, 2010; focus on architecture and urban planning.
- North China University of Technology, College of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering; Beijing, China; Bachelor of Engineering, 2002; majoring in automation and control engineering technology.
Area of Expertise
Health, aging, and environmental sustainability
Relevant Professional/Applied Experience
- Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; 2020-2022
- Associate, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences; Harvard-China Project; Since 2019
- Research Associate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; 2013 –2014
- Transportation Consultant, Dennis Frenchman Urban Design LLC; May – August 2018
- Intern, AECOM Design and Planning, China Sustainability Center, Beijing; May – July 2012
- Project Designer, Tsinghua University Urban Planning & Design Institute; 2008–2009
- Designer, Cox Architecture (Australia), Beijing Office; 2004–2007
- Designer, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University; 2003 –2004
- Engineer, Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Institute of Automation; 2002 –2003
The Social Technology for Global Aging Research Initiative (STGA) at Harvard University, the Lishui Community Study team, since 2020.
- Research how the built environments can support physical, mental, and social health and enhance health equity.
- Explore how technology and age-friendly environments can improve older people’s health outcomes and quality of life.
- Design a quantitative household survey and multiple qualitative studies on age-friendly communities and technology for aging, collaborating with colleagues at the STGA. Data collection also combines GIS data and audits of homes and neighborhoods.
- Coordinate with Chinese collaborators on survey implementation in Lishui District, Nanjing, China.
- Lyu, Y., & Forsyth, A. (2022). Planning, aging, and loneliness: Reviewing evidence about built environment effects. Journal of Planning Literature, 37(1), 28–48. https://doi.org/10.1177/08854122211035131
- Lyu, Y., Forsyth, A. & Worthington, S. (2021). Built environment and self-rated health: comparing young, middle-aged, and older people in Chengdu, China. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 14(3), 229–246. https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586720982566
- Lyu, Y. & Forsyth, A. (2021). Attitudes, perceptions, and walking behavior in a Chinese city. Journal of Transport & Health, 21, 101047. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2021.101047
- Lyu, Y. & Forsyth, A. (In Press). Technological devices and aging in place: An inventory and assessment focusing on the neighborhood and city scales. Cities & Health
Service to Profession
- Communications Committee member, Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) since 2021
- Discussant, The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference 2021
- Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
- American Planning Association
- Association of American Geographers
- International Association for China Planning
Referee for peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, and paper awards, since 2021
- Frontiers in Public Health
- Journal of Transport and Health
- HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
- Cities & Health
- International Association for China Planning (review for paper awards 2021)
- Data for Policy 2021 (conference full paper review)
Classes Regularly Taught
- GEO104 Introduction to Geospatial Technology and Analytics
- GEO 324 Intro to Geographic Information Systems