Design Thinking

Across Multiple Scales + Platforms + Networks 



Stephen Fan is a 2016 Fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture, where he researches informal live/work spaces in New York City's industrial zones.

He has served as an adjunct assistant professor in the art history and architectural studies department at Connecticut College, where he developed the curriculum for the introductory design studio, "Architecture: Conventions, Inventions, and Transgressions," an advanced studio, "Architectural Mis-Fits: a Museum of Architecture," and a participatory design-build seminar/workshop: "Evidence-based Design: Interdisciplinary Approaches," co-taught with environmental psychologist Ann Devlin. The design-build seminar/workshop culminated in the construction of the first phase of a park for Hodges Square, New London, CT.

Hodges Square Park Kickstarter Campaign

His current research focuses on user-centered, evidenced-based design informed by psychology and anthropology. He is the curator and editor of SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape and lectures on peripheral urbanization, crowding, and informal suburban retrofits.

His work has been featured in Architectural Record, The Atlantic's City Lab, Metropolis, Next City, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Shinkenchiku, and the World Journal. Among his professional memberships, he is a fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

 

P R E V I O U S   P R A C T I C E   E X P E R I E N C E

Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, JAPAN
2007 Architectural Record Design Vanguard
2006 Architectural Review Emerging Architects Award Recipient

Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, Massachusetts, US
2007 AIA Firm Award Recipient

Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, Massachusetts, US

P R E V I O U S   C O N S T R U C T I O N   E X P E R I E N C E

Habitat for Humanity, BOLIVIA
Kenya Voluntary Development Authority, KENYA

E D U C A T I O N

Harvard Graduate School of Design (Master in Architecture, Letter of Commendation), Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Harvard College (AB, History of Art and Architecture and Visual and Environmental Studies, with Highest Honors), Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

H O N O R S / F E L L O W S H I P S / G R A N T S

Fellow, Institue for Public Architecture, NY
Paul E. Buchanan Award, Vernacular Architecture Forum
CCAPA Media Award, CT Chapter, American Planning Association
AASLH Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History
CLHO Award of Merit, Connecticut League of History Organizations (SubUrbanisms)
Connecticut Humanities Grant (SubUrbanisms Public Forum Event)
Margaret Sheridan Community Learning Award (Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy)
Cogan Humanitarian Fund (Design/planning team for disaster recovery following the 3/11 tsunami/earthquake in Japan)
Thomas Temple Hoopes prize (Scholarly work on architecture, race and commemoration)
Harvard GSD Community Service Fellowship
Julia Amory Appleton Fellowship (Finalist, Research on Open Building systems)
Joseph Pulitzer Research Grant, William H. Overholt Research Grant (Research on tourist representations of Hong Kong)
Radcliffe Fellowship (Violin making apprenticeship under Oliver Radke, Fussen, Germany)
Harvard College Scholar, Gates Millenium Scholar, National Elks Foundation Scholar, Connecticut Building Congress Scholarship


L E C T U R E S / S Y M P O S I A

"Learning from Los Chinos" (Urbanism and the Social Good, Congress for New Urbanism 24)
"Urbanization of the Chinese Diaspora" (National University of Singapore)
"Urbanization of the Chinese Diaspora" (Hong Kong University)
"Casino Sub-Urbanisms in Southeast Connecticut" (Trinity College)
"Reimagining the American Dream" (Bard College)
"Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape" (Understanding America Lecture Series, Yale)
"Cultures of Congestion: Overcrowding Standards, Co-living, Microunits, and the Sharing Economy" (Society of Architectural Historians, Metropolitan Chapter; Dept of Art History, NYU)
"Sustainable SubUrbanisms" (Gallatin School, Institute for Public Knowledge, A/P/A Institute, Urban Democracy Lab, NYU)
"Periphery: Informal Transit Networks" (Van Alen Institute, NY)
"Is there a Right Way to Live? Reimagining the American Dream" (Museum of Chinese in America, NY)
"Chinese Urbanization in American Suburbia" (Urban China Forum, Columbia University)
"Museums as Platforms for Community Engagement" (Building Community Workshop, Dallas TX)
"Casino Chinatowns" (Urban Humanities, UCLA)
"SubUrban In-fill, In-frastructure" (School of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah)
"Peripheral Urbanisms" (Vassar College)
"Un-Glitz: Art Activism and Global Cities" (A/P/A Institute and the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange, NYU)
"SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape" (Connecticut College/Lyman Allyn Art Museum)


M E M B E R S H I P S

Environmental Design Research Association
Urban Design Forum, Fellow
Vernacular Architecture Forum, Board Member, New England Chapter