Bo Yang

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Associate Dean for Research


  • Drachman Institute
  • Landscape Architecture
  • School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • Urban Planning
Bo Yang



Areas of Expertise

  • Community planning and design
  • Green infrastructure
  • Landscape performance
  • Stormwater management


  • PhD, MLA, MArch


Bo Yang PhD, PLA ASLA AICP is a professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and CAPLA associate dean for research. Prior to joining the University of Arizona Bo taught at Utah State University and Texas A&M University. Bo holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Sciences and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.  Bo has professional experiences in multidisciplinary firms (architecture, planning, and landscape architecture) in China and the United States (e.g., SWA Group, HNTB).  His areas of interest are green infrastructure design and low-impact development, landscape performance assessment, environmental planning and technology, and landscape history and theory in China and East Asia. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, Landscape Architecture Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China and others. He has published in premier academic journals, including Landscape and Urban PlanningEcological EngineeringLandscape Research and Ecological Indicators, and is currently assistant editor of Landscape Research (Routledge). Bo is a registered landscape architect (Utah) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Selected Publications


• Yang, B., Young, R. (Eds.). (2019). Ecological Wisdom: Theory and Practice. Springer-Nature  

• Yang B (2018) Landscape performance: Ian McHarg’s ecological planning in The Woodlands, Texas. Routledge

• Canfield J, Yang B, Whitlow H (2018). Evaluating Landscape Performance: A Guidebook for Metrics and Methods Selection. Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington DC

Journal Articles

Li, S.-J. Yang, B. (2021). How important are the park size and shape to a park system’s performance? An exploration with big data in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Socio-Ecological Practice Research.

Chen, M., Bai, J., Zhu, S., Yang, B., & Dai, F. (2021). The influence of neighborhood-level urban morphology on PM2. 5 variation based on random forest regression. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 101147

• Gerlak, A.K., Elder, A., Thomure, T., Shipek, C., Zuniga-Teran, A., Pavao-Zuckerman, M., Neha Gupta, N., Matsler, M., Berger, L., Henry, A.D., Yang, B., Murrieta, J., & Meixner, T. (2021). A trajectory of heightened investment and planning: Tracing evolving green stormwater infrastructure in Tucson, Arizona. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 63(3), 15-24.

• Yang B (2019) Landscape performance evaluation in socio‑ecological practice: current status and prospects. Socio-Ecological Practice Research,

• Yang, B., Li, S.-J. (2019). Blending project goals and performance goals in ecological planning: Ian McHarg’s contributions to landscape performance evaluation. Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 1, 209-225.

• Cheng, M. Dai, F., Yang, B., & Zhu, S.-W. (2019). Assessing the effects of urban green infrastructure morphological pattern on PM2.5 in the neighborhoods of five Chinese megacities. Building and Environment, 158, 1-15.  

 • Cheng, M. Dai, F., Yang, B., & Zhu, S.-W. (2019). Evaluating the effects of neighborhood green space on PM2.5 mitigation: Evidence from five megacities in China. Building and Environment, 156, 33-45.  

• Flint, C., Jackson-Smith, D., Yang, B., & Dean, T. (2019). Transdisciplinary Socio-Scientific Practice: Lessons Learned from Social and Engineering Water Science. Socio-Ecological Practice Research, 1(1), 55-66.

News, Research and Projects


CAPLA Faculty Collaborate with Salt River Project to Understand Arizona’s Electrified Transportation Network Needs

SRP is funding CAPLA faculty members Bo Yang, professor of landscape architecture and urban planning, and Shujuan Li, associate professor of landscape architecture and planning, to research the planning and design of electric vehicle charging stations. Learn more in this fascinating interview.