Quan, Steven Jige

Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning | Associate Professor

International Planning, Energy-oriented Planning and Design


Academic background

Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
Master, Urban Planning, Tsinghua University
Bachelor, Architecture, Tsinghua University

Major Career

2016 - 2017
Lecturer / Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
2016 - 2017
Assistant Director, Sino-US Eco Urban Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology and Tongji University
2010 - 2011
Chief Planning and Design Consultant (Part-time), Center of Urban Planning and Design, United Architect & Engineers CO., Ltd
2005 - 2009
Chief Planner, No. 3 Department of Comprehensive Planning, Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute


Urban Form and Energy in Global Cities

Urban Energy Modeling Systems

Urban Form and Outdoor Human Comfort

Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization Based AI Design Methods for Energy-oriented Urban Development

Local Climate Zone (LCZ) Mapping and Sustainable Zoning System


Comparative Study on Urban Form and Energy in Global Cities

Urban Building Energy Modeling Systems

Multi-Objective Sustainable Neighborhood Design


Forthcoming journal articles

Quan, S. J. Energy efficient neighborhood design under residential zoning regulations in Shanghai. Energy Procedia (forthcoming).

Quan, S. J., Igou, T. K., Chang, S., Dutt, F., Castro-Lacouture, D., Chen, Y. & Yang, P. P. Decentralized algal energy system design at various urban densities and scales. Energy Procedia (forthcoming).

Peng, Z., Jia, L., Li, L., Quan, S. J. & Yang, P. P. How the roofing morphology and housing form affect energy performance of Shanghai’s workers’ village in urban regeneration. Energy Procedia (forthcoming).

Referred journal articles

Quan, S. J., Dutt, F., Woodworth, E., Yamagata, Y. & Yang, P. P. Local Climate Zone Mapping for Energy Resilience: A Fine-grain and 3D Approach. Energy Procedia 105, 3777-3783. 2017.

Tobey, M., Quan, S. J. & Yang, P. P. Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization of Mixed-Use Structure and Energy Performance. Energy Procedia 105, 3791-3797. 2017.

Yang, P. P., Wiedenback, A.,Tobey, M., Wu, Y., Quan, S. J., Chauhan, Y. & Wu, J. Material Based Urban Modeling: An Approach to Integrate Smart Materials in a Near-Zero Community Design. Energy Procedia 105. 3765-3771. 2017.

Dutt, F., Quan, S. J., Woodworth, E., Castro-Lacouture, D., Stuart, B. J. & Yang, P. P. Modeling algae powered neighborhood through GIS and BIM integration. Energy Procedia 105. 3830-3836. 2017.

Campana, P. E., Quan, S. J., Robbio, F. I., Lundblad, A., Zhang, Y., Ma, T., Karlsson, B. & Yan, J. Optimization of a residential district with special consideration on energy and water reliability. Applied Energy 194, 751-764. 2017.

Li, Z., Quan, S. J. & Yang, P. P. Energy Performance Simulation for Planning a Low Carbon Neighborhood Urban District: A Case Study in the City of Macau. Habitat International 53, 206-214. 2016.

Yang, J., Quan, J., Yan, B. & He, C. Urban rail investment and transit-oriented development in Beijing: Can it reach a higher potential? Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 89, 140-150. 2016.

Quan, S. J., Wu, J., Wang, Y., Shi, Z., Yang, T. & Yang, P. P. Urban form and building energy performance in Shanghai neighborhoods. Energy Procedia 88, 126-132. 2016.

Campana, P. E., Quan, S. J., Robbio, F. I., Lundblad, A., Zhang, Y., Ma, T. & Yan, J. Spatial optimization of residential urban district - energy and water perspectives. Energy Procedia 88, 38-43. 2016.

Quan, S. J., Li, Q., Augenbroe, G., Brown, J. & Yang, P. P. A GIS-based energy balance modeling system for urban solar buildings. Energy Procedia 75, 2946-2952. 2015.

Yang, P. P., Quan, S. J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Rudolph, C., & Stuart, B. Performance metrics for designing an algae-powered eco urban district: A Geodesign perspective. Energy Procedia 61, 1487-1490. 2014.

Quan, S. J., Economou, A., Grasl, T., & Yang, P. P. Computing energy performance of building density, shape and typology in urban context. Energy Procedia 61, 1602-1605. 2014.

Book chapters

Yang, P. P. & Quan, S. J. Urban form and energy resilient strategies: A cast study of the Manhattan grid. In Y. Yamagata & H. Maruyama (Eds.), Urban Resilience - A Transformative Approach, 153-172. Springer. 2016.

Quan, S. J., Li, Q., Augenbroe, G., Brown, J. & Yang, P. P. Urban data and building energy modeling: A GIS-based urban building energy modeling system using the Urban-EPC engine. In S. Geertman, J. J. Ferreira, R. Goodspeed & J. Stillwell (Eds.), Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities, 447-469. Springer. 2015.

Quan, S. J., Minter, J. D. & Yang, P. P. A GIS-based performance metrics for designing a low energy urban agriculture system. In S. C. M. Geertman (Eds.), Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development, 225-247. Springer. 2013.

Conference proceedings

Wu, J., Quan, S. J., Li, Z., Wang, Y. & Yang, P. P. Benchmarking Energy Performance for Historical Urban Form of Shanghai Neighborhoods. Urban Morphology and the Resilient City: Proceedings of the 23rd International Seminar on Urban Form, 436-441, Nanjing, China, July. 2016.

Li, Q., Quan, S. J., Augenbroe, G., Yang, P. P. & Brown, J. Building energy modelling at urban scale: Integration of reduced order energy model with geographical information. Proceedings of BS2015: 14th Conference of International Building Simulation Association, 190-199, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 2015.

Yang, P. P., & Quan, S. J. Benchmarking Energy Performance of Asian Downtown Urban Blocks: Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo (Abstract). Inter-University Seminar on Asian Megacities: Smart Urbanism for Asian Mega Cities, 38, Seoul, Aug. 2014.

Castro-Lacouture, D., Quan, S. J. & Yang, P. P. GIS-BIM framework for integrating urban systems, waste stream and algal cultivation in residential construction. Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC 2014), 576-583, Sydney, July 2014.

Yang, P. P., Quan, S. J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Rudolph, C., & Stuart, B. GIS-based Planning Support System for waste stream and algal cultivation in residential construction. Proceedings of 2014 Construction Research Congress, 2385-2394, Atlanta, May 2014.

Quan, J. A case study of the urban land use change in Nanning City since 1980 (in Chinese). Proceedings of Annual Conference of Urban Planning of China, 16-22, Xi’an, China, Sept 2005.

Quan, J., Huang, M. Dunhuang City: The contemplation on its past years, and the urban renovation strategies for its future. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop for Planning and Networking of Historical Cities in Eastern and Central Asia, 23-29, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, March-April 2005.


Quan, J., Guo, S. Photoshop 6.0 Tutorial for Architectural Drawing (in Chinese). China Electric Power Press, Beijing. 2001.

Book reviews

Quan, S. J. Book Review: The new science of cities (by Michael Batty). The Review of Regional Studies, 44(2), 211-214. 2014.