Dr. Ming-Chun Lee teaches physical planning & urban design. His introductory level urban
design courses are typically organized in a studio format. One of the main purposes of his studio courses is to help students develop the knowledge and skills required to analyze and plan urban neighborhoods for design intervention and development. Dr. Lee’s emphasis of learning urban design and physical planning processes is on 1) the analysis of physical planning issues and problems, 2) the applications of physical planning standards and tools, and 3) the creation of design/planning solutions.

Dr. Lee conducts research in the areas of community technology, e-government, digital democracy, and issues around media policy and public access to information and communication technology (ICT). Specific areas of expertise include: 1) community-based technology initiatives aimed at linking community development efforts with the opportunities that ICT presents; 2) Internet -based online public education and community problem solving tools providing usable/practical knowledge for public policy and city planning; 3) value-sensitive design approach to e-government/digital government accounting for human values in a comprehensive manner throughout the design process of online technological systems.

Dr. Lee also stresses the use of digital technologies in urban design and planning processes and emphasizes the importance of integrating computers into every aspect of urban design and planning education. He has had more than seven years teaching experiences in digital visualization, geographic information system (GIS), and web-based applications both at the University of Washington and here at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Ming-Chun Lee received his Ph.D. in urban design & planning from the University of Washington in 2008.


  • B.S., National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 1991
  • M.S., National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 1993
  • M.Arch., University of Washington, 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2008
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  • Urban Design & Physical Planning
  • Place-based community development and neighborhood planning
  • Community design
  • Community informatics and community-based technology
  • Applications of digital visualization
  • GIS
  • 2-D and 3-D graphic media in urban design & planning
  • GeoDesign.