Weiping Wu

Professor
Director, Urban Planning Program

Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the M.S. Urban Planning program. Before joining Columbia in 2016, she was Professor and Chair in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

Trained in architecture and urban planning, Prof. Wu has focused her research and teaching on understanding urban dynamics in developing countries in general and China in particular. She is an internationally acclaimed planning scholar working on global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities. Her publications include seven co-authored and co-edited books, as well as many articles in top international journals. Her published work has gained an increasing public presence, particularly her recent book The Chinese City. It offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of Chinese cities both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experience of cities elsewhere around the world.

Professor Wu has had a number of academic leadership roles outside of the university setting. She is the Vice President and President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning, with more than 100 full-member schools in North America. Between 2008 and 2012, she was an editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, ACSP’s flagship journal. She has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Urban China Research Network, as well as serving on the editorial board of four journals. In addition, she has provided consultation to the Ford Foundation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and World Bank.

The Chinese City
Over the past decades China has experienced massive urbanization: its cities are now home to 10% of the world's population and around 50% of China's population. The Chinese City, a new book by Weiping Wu and Piper Gaubatz, explores how Chinese cities display unprecedented dynamism with the country's growing economy, challenging conventional urban theories and experiences of cities elsewhere. Professor Wu discussed the book at a National Committee program on February 21, 2013 in New York.

Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6526‑1 Fall 2017
Chinese Urbanism in Global Context
Weiping Wu International
300 Buell South
W 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
80942
Pla6925‑1 Fall 2017
Advanced Research I
Weiping Wu By Appointment
Full Semester
2-3 Points
10846