Yekang Ko

Assistant Professor
BLA Director; Program Director, APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub
Landscape Architecture
Research Interests:
urban sustainability, energy landscapes, green infrastructure planning, climate-responsive urban design, climate change planning
Phone: 541-346-3863
Office: 213 Lawrence Hall

BS, 2005, Korea University; MA, 2007, Kyung Hee University; PhD in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, 2012, University of California, Berkeley

Yekang Ko is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture where she teaches urban sustainability, energy landscapes, and landscape planning and analysis. Her research focuses on 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. She is currently directing the BLA program and the Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

She is a 2018-2019 Sustainability Faculty Fellow. Her teaching and community engagement was recognized with the 2018 Sustainability Award for Excellence in Teaching Honorable Mention. Find out her story in Oregon Quarterly Summer 2018

Selected Publications

Ko, Y. 2018. Trees and vegetation for residential energy conservation: A critical review for evidence-based urban greening in North America, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 34: 318-335

Ko, Y, Jang, K., and Radke, J.D. 2017. Toward a solar city: Trade-offs between on-site solar energy potential and vehicle energy consumption in San Francisco, California, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 11(6): 460-470.

Ko, Y., Roman, L.A., McPherson, E.G., and Lee, J. 2016. Does tree planting pay us back? Lessons from Sacramento, CA. Arborist News. June 2016: 50-54.

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 and Sustainable Energy Reviews 57: 1025–1037.

Lee, J., Ko, Y., and McPherson, E.G. 2016. The feasibility of remotely sensed data to estimate urban tree dimensions and biomass, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 16: 208-220.

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. 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. 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. 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 53(3): 3- 17.