Jeffrey Hou

Jeffrey Hou, Prof. PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2013


Curriculum vitae

Jeffrey Hou is Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also an adjunct faculty in the departments of architecture and urban design and planning and a program faculty in the PhD Program in Built Environments and Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design. 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 North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban parks and streetscapes.

Research interests

Community design and engagement, design activism, public space and democracy, service learning, placemaking by marginalized social groups, contemporary Asian cities

Community engagement and services

Board member of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility; board member of Association for Community Design; co-chair, Advisory Committee for IDEA Space, a community-based design and resource center in Seattle’s International District; member of Understanding Cultures Global Challenge Steering Group, Worldwide Universities Network; coordinator and cofounder, the Pacific Rim Community Design Network.

Selected publications


Hou, Jeffrey (ed.). 2013. Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey, ed. 2010. Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey, Julie Johnson and Laura Lawson. 2009. Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Book chapters

Hou, Jeffrey. 2013. Making and Supporting Community Gardens as Informal Urban Landscapes. In Mukhijia, Vinit and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (eds.), The Informal City: Settings, Strategies, Responses. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2012. Vertical Urbanism, Horizontal Urbanity: Notes from East Asian Cities. In Bharne, Vinayak (ed.), The Emergent Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2012. Making Public, Beyond Public Space. In Shiffman, Ron, Rick Bell, Lance J. Brown, and Lynne Elizabeth (eds.), Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space. Berkeley, CA: New Village Press.

Shiffman, Ron, and Jeffrey Hou. 2012. A Call for Actions. In Shiffman, Ron, Rick Bell, Lance J. Brown, and Lynne Elizabeth (eds.), Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space. Berkeley, CA: New Village Press.

Emerson, Pam and Jeffrey Hou. 2012. 17th and South Jackson:  Relocating Casa Latina and Navigating Cultural Crossroads in Seattle. In Rios, Michael and Leo Vasquez, (eds.) Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2011. Differences Matter: Learning to Design in Partnership with Others. In Angotti, Tom, Cheryl Doble, and Paula Horrigan (eds.), Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundaries. Berkeley, CA: New Village Press.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2011. Citizen Design: Participation and Beyond. In Banerjee, Tridib and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (eds.), Companion to Urban Design. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2008. Traditions, Transformation, and Community Design: Making of Two Ta’u Houses. In Bell, Bryan, and Katie Wakeford (Eds.), Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, pp. 74-83. New York: Metropolis Books.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2007. Community Processes: the Catalytic Agency of Service Learning Studio. In Salama, A. and Wilkinson, N. (Eds.), Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future. Urban International Press, UK.

Journal articles

Hou, Jeffrey. 2009. Everyday Landscape and Urban DIYism in Sanzihou, Taipei. InTensions, 2.0, spring. Uncommon Ground: Everyday Aesthetics and the Intensionality of the Public Realm. On the Internet at:

Hou, Jeffrey and Isami Kinoshita. 2007. Bridging Community Differences through Informal Processes: Reexamining Participatory Planning in Seattle and Matsudo. Journal of Planning Education and Research 26(3): 301-313.

Abramson, Daniel, Lynne Manzo and Jeffrey Hou. 2006. From Ethnic Enclave to Multi-ethnic Translocal Community: Constructed Identities and Community Planning in Seattle’s ‘Chinatown-International District. Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. 23(4), Winter: 341-359.

Hou, Jeffrey and Min-Jay Kang. 2006. Differences and Dialogic Learning in a Collaborative Virtual Design Studio. Open House International 31(3): 85-94. Special Issue on Studio Teaching Practices: Between Traditional, Revolutionary and Virtual Models. 

Hou, Jeffrey, Isami Kinoshita and Sawako Ono. 2005. Design Collaboration in the Space of Cross-cultural Flows. Landscape Journal 24(2): 125-135.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2004. Preserving for Multiple Publics: Contesting Views of Urban Conservation in Seattle’s International District. City and Time 1(1):29-38.  [online] URL:

Hou, Jeffrey and Michael Rios. 2003. Community-driven Placemaking: the Social Practice of Participatory Design in the Making of Union Point Park. Journal of Architectural Education, 57 (1): 19-27.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2000. From Dual Disparities to Dual Squeeze: The Emerging Patterns of Regional Development in Taiwan. Berkeley Planning Journal. Vol. 14, 2000, p. 4-22.