Dr Siqing (Simon) Chen is a senior lecturer in landscape architecture. Trained in China and the United States as a land use planner and landscape architect, Siqing has practiced since 2002 in a range of private and public sector settings in China and U.S. before his academic appointment at the University of Melbourne. Siqing's research concerns emerging issues of landscape planning, energy landscape, and ecological urbanism with emphasis on sustaining the built environment. He has been involved in projects funded by the Australian, Chinese, and U.S. governments, private enterprises and industrial bodies, and has won numerous design and research excellence awards in the U.S., China, and Australia. Drawing on his ongoing research and practice, Siqing teaches Bachelors Site Planning and Design studio, Masters Landscape Planning studio, GIS, and Geodesign.
Currently Siqing has increasingly focused on the application of GIS and spatial modelling tools to the visualization, simulation and evaluation of the environmental impacts of the rapid urbanisation in post-reform China and the ever-expanding urban regions in Australia. He has recently secured a research grant to explore Australia's solar energy landscape and ways of designing sustainable communities powered by renewable energy. Siqing has published 40 refereed journal articles and conference papers on GIS-based landscape assessment and planning, sustainable urban development, and environmental decision-making support. His recent book Designing Ecologies: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Sustainable Housing Developments (2011) proposes a new process-based approach for the design, planning, and construction of new communities considering environmental, economic and cultural sustainability against conventional suburban sprawl.