Jeffrey Hou is associate professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. Hou's research, teaching, and practice focus on engaging marginalized communities and citizens through community design, design activism, and cross-cultural learning. 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 rebuilding of indigenous villages and design of urban open space and streetscapes. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and a coauthor of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (with Julie Johnson and Laura Lawson) (2009). He is a contributor to Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (2008) and Companion to Urban Design (2011). Hou is a recipient of 2011 CELA Award for Excellence in Service-learning Education and the 2010 Great Places Book Award, as well as grants from the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Worldwide Universities Network.
Service-Learning in Design and Planning|
Educating at the Boundaries
Urban planning and architecture educators challenge traditional community-university relationships by modeling meaningful and reciprocal partnerships.