University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture

Yekang Ko

Yekang KoAssistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Room 168 Lawrence

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B.S., 2005, Korea University; M. Area Studies, 2007, Kyung Hee University; Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, 2012, University of California, Berkeley

Yekang Ko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture where she teaches lectures, seminars, and studios in landscape planning/analysis and sustainable urban planning/design. Her research focuses on environmental planning, specialized in urban energy planning, green infrastructure, and physical planning and design for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her teaching and professional projects are based on community service learning and outreach, collaborating with governments, non-profits, professionals and educators locally and internationally. With Professor Bart Johnson, she is currently leading UO’s Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Research Hub initiative for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

Before joining UO, Yekang taught at the University of Texas, Arlington, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, where she was selected as the Community Service Learning Faculty Fellow and the 2016 Professor of the Year award for Excellence in Higher Education.

Selected Publications

Adil, A.M. and Ko, Y. 2016. Socio-technical evolution of Decentralized Energy Systems: A critical review and implications for urban planning and policy. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 57: 1025–1037. 

Ko, Y, Lee, J., McPherson, E.G., and Roman, L.A. 2015. Long-term monitoring of Sacramento Shade program trees: tree survival, growth and energy-saving performance. Landscape and Urban Planning 143:183–191. 

Ko, Y, Lee, J., McPherson, E.G., and Roman, L.A. 2015. Factors affecting long-term mortality for residential shade trees: Evidence from Sacramento, CA. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 14: 500–507. 

Ko. Y. 2014. The effect of urban trees on residential solar energy potential. Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture 42(1): 41-49. 

Ko, Y. and Radke, J.D. 2014. The effect of urban forms on residential cooling energy use in Sacramento, California. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 41(4) 573 – 593.

 Ko, Y. 2013. Urban form and residential energy use: a review of design principles and research findings. Journal of Planning Literature 28(4): 327 - 351. 

Yoon, J. and Ko, Y. 2013. STS Student Learning Model: an effective approach to identifying environmental problems and solutions. The International Journal of Science in Society 4(2):133-147.

Ko, Y., Schubert, D.K., and Hester, R.T. 2011. A conflict of greens: green development versus habitat preservation; the case of Incheon, South Korea. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 53: 3, 3- 17.