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Chingwen Cheng

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Biography: 

Dr, Chingwen Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Design School and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Dr. Cheng is dedicated to engaging transdisciplinary research for Climate Justice Design where both procedural and distributive justice being integrated into green infrastructure planning and design for resilient and sustainable communities. Her frontier in Climate Justicescape investigates spatial patterns of socially vulnerable groups exposed to climate change associated hazards provides integrated social-ecological-technological systems understanding and inquiry for building just and sustainable environments. 

Dr. Cheng has actively engaged with local communities and professional organizations and her students have been engaged in service-learning projects for Climate Justice Design. The most recent graduate studio project working with economically distressed neighborhood charter school in South Phoenix has won the second prize for 2019 EPA RainWorks Challenge. Dr. Cheng has been awarded the Educator of the Year 2020 by Arizona Chapter ASLA.

Dr. Cheng's enthusiasm advocating for justice design has let to her several public services activities. She served on the Board of Directors for Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and chaired the EDRA51 Conference with a theme--Transform: Socially Embedded Collaboration--aimed to challenge current practice and reflect the meaningful engagement with communities. Currently, she is co-chairing the American Society of Landscape Architects Environmental Justice Professional and Practice Network (ASLA EJ PPN), and Landscape Planning and Ecology Track in Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). She has been chairing the Vulnerable, Resilient and Climate Justice Communities working group at APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub and NATURA Design for Justice thematic group.     

Dr. Cheng was a visiting scholar at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center and Research Center for Future Earth at the National Taiwan University, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan focusing on empirical environmental justice research. She is a Registered Professional Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with extensive professional experiences in watershed planning, stormwater management, Low-Impact Development, community engagement, and urban design in the US.Dr. Cheng is Affiliated Faculty for Urban Climate Research Center, Biomimicry Center, Global Drylands Center, & Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security at ASU.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • M.L.A. Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan 
  • B.S. Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University-Taipei 
Research Interests: 

Current research applies resilience and environmental justice theories to investigate Climate Justicescape in both distributive and procedural justice outcomes in the social-ecological-technological systems at national, regional, and local communities. Dr. Cheng employs GIS and hydrological modeling to evaluate green infrastructure performance for their ecosystem services benefits and adaptive capacity to climate change. Moreover, Dr. Cheng investigates social-institutional resilience through conducting interviews and surveys to understand the linkage between climate risk perception and adaptation actions across institutional scales. In turn, Dr. Cheng developed the Climate Justice Design framework bringing science-informed knowledge into transdisciplinary-engaged planning and design process with communities toward resilience and sustainability.

Research Group: 

APRU SCL HUB Asia Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub

NATURA Nature-based solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene

UREx-SRN NSF Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainable Research Network

CAP LTER NSF Central Arizona Project Long-Term Ecological Research

UWIN NSF Urban Water Innovation Network

 

Publications: 

Guswa, A.J., Hall, B., Cheng, C., & Thompson, J. (2020). Co-designed land-use scenarios and their implications for storm runoff and streamflow in New England. Environmental Management. 66(2). doi: 10.1007/s00267-020-01342-0

AlKhaled, S., Coseo, P., Brazel, A., Cheng, C., Sailor, D., (2020). Between aspiration and actuality: A systematic review of morphological heat mitigation strategies in hot urban deserts. Urban Climate (31). doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100570

Cheng, C. (2019). Climate justicescape and implications for urban resilience in American cities. In The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience. ed. Burayidi, M., Twigg, J., Allen, A., & Wamlester, C. Publishing: Taylor & Francis Books. 83-96.

Cheng C. (2019). EcoWisdom for Climate Justice Planning: Social-Ecological Vulnerability Assessment in Boston’s Charles River Watershed. In: Yang B., Young R. (eds), Ecological Wisdom: Theory and Practice. Springer, Singapore. 249-265.

Rosenzweig, B.R., McPhillips, L., Chang, H.,  Cheng, C., Welty, C., Matsler, M., Iwaniec, D., & Davidson, C.I. (2018). Pluvial flood risk and opportunities for resilience. WIREs Water. e1302. doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1302 

Cheng, C., Tsai, J-Y, Yang, E. Y-C, Esselman, R., Kalcic, M., Mohai, P., & Xu, X. (2017). Risk communication and climate justice planning: A case for Michigan’s Huron River watershed. Urban Planning Journal Special Issue: Social Ecology of Sustainability. Vol 2(4) p34-50. doi: 10.17645/up.v2i4.1045

Cheng, C., Ryan, R.L., Yang, E. Y.-C., Yu, Q. & Brabec, E. (2017). Assessing climate change-induced flooding mitigation for adaptation in Boston’s Charles River Watershed. Landscape and Urban Planning, 167, 25-36.

Cheng, C., Ryan, R.L., Warren, P.S. & Nicolson, C. (2017). Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of urban growth scenarios for metropolitan Boston (USA): The relationship between urban trees and perceived density. Cities and The Environment (CATE). Vol 10: Iss. 1, Article 7.

Cheng, C. (2016). Spatial Climate Justice and Green Infrastructure Assessment: A case study for the Huron River watershed, Michigan, USA. GI_Forum Vol 1: 176-190.

Cheng, C. (2014). Resilience thinking in landscape planning: A transdisciplinary framework and a case for climate change adaptation. Landscape Research Record 2:178-189. 

Cheng, C., Brabec,E.A., Yang, Y.-C. E., & Ryan, R.L. (2014). Rethinking stormwater management in a changing world: Effects of detention for flooding hazard mitigation under climate change scenarios in the Charles River watershed. Landscape Research Record 1:214-228. 

Danford, R., Cheng, C., Strohbach, M.W., Ryan, R.L., Nicolson, C., & Warren, P.S. (2014). What does it take to achieve equitable urban tree canopy distribution? A Boston case study. Cities and the Environment 7(1):2. 

Cheng, C. (2014). Green infrastructure, urbanization and climate change-induced flooding: An integrated risk assessment and planning framework for the Charles River watershed in the Boston metropolitan area, USA. Pp. 82-90 In: Palestino, M. F. and F. D. Moccia eds., Planning Stormwater Resilient Urban Open Space. CLEAN.

 

Research Activity: 

Hydro-GI Lab, Director

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EDS 301Sustainable Comm Dgn/Practices
LPH 411Landscape ArchTheory/Criticism
EPD 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
LAP 492Honors Directed Study
LAP 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAP 493Honors Thesis
LDE 521Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
LAP 592Research
LPH 598Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 499Individualized Instruction
DSC 584Internship
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
EPD 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 461Landscape Architecture III
LAP 493Honors Thesis
LDE 521Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
LAP 592Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
EPD 792Research
EPD 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
LAP 492Honors Directed Study
EPD 792Research
EPD 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LDE 521Adv Landscape Arch Studio I
MUD 590Reading and Conference
DSC 592Research
LPH 598Special Topics
EPD 780Practicum
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ALA 102Landscapes and Sustainability
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
EPD 690Reading and Conference
EPD 780Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LDE 462Landscape Arch IV
LPH 598Special Topics
EPD 790Reading and Conference
Honors / Awards: 

2020            Educator of the Year, Arizona Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (AZASLA)

2019            Director’s Choice Award for Services, The Design School, Arizona State University

2016-2017   Centennial Professorship Award, Associated Students of Arizona State University 

Professional Associations: 

2019-present Chair, Vulnerable, Resilient, and Climate Justice Communities Working Group in Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub, Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)

2017-present Co-Chair, Landscape Planning+Ecology Track, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)

2018-2020 Co-Chair, American Society of Landscape Architects Environmental Justice Professional Network (ASLA EJ PPN) 

2017-2020 Board of Directors, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)