Design Thinking

Across Multiple Scales + Platforms + Networks 

A registered architect, Stephen Fan AIA, NCARB bridges practice and academia with built projects spanning four continents and research, teaching, and design integrating architecture, planning, and the social sciences.

His work has been exhibited at the Oslo Architecture Triennale and the Venice Architecture Biennale; and featured in the AP Wire, Architectural Record, The Atlantic's City Lab, Buildings and Landscapes, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Metropolis, Next City, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Shinkenchiku, Urban China, and the World Journal.

As a public speaker, he has lectured at Columbia University, the Congress for New Urbanism, Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore, NYU, UCLA, the Van Alen Institute, and Yale University among others. Mr. Fan has served on juries at Barnard, Boston Architectural College, Columbia, CUNY, Harvard, Parsons, and Syracuse.

Recognized for his contributions to architecture and urbanism, he is a member of the Urban Design Forum, an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and has served on the board of the New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

P R A C T I C E  

Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) New York AIA Firm Award
Sou Fujimoto Architects Tokyo Architectural Review Emerging Architects Award
Leers Weinzapfel Associates Boston AIA Firm Award
Boston Redevelopment Authority

C O N S T R U C T I O N  

Habitat for Humanity Bolivia
Kenya Voluntary Development Authority Kenya


Connecticut College Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies


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

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

Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow
Institute for Public Architecture Fellow
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
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

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

Mapping Chinatown Food Systems Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory
SubUrbanisms, Updated American Planning Association, CT Chapter
SubUrbanisms University of Massachusetts
Reimagining the Vanderpoel Asian Art Collection Slater Museum
The Future of Chinatown NYC Art in the Parks
Live/Work for the Workforce: Bringing Affordable Workspaces to Affordable Housing
Institute for Public Architecture
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 Chinatown Edges, Van Alen Institute
Is there a Right Way to Live? Reimagining the American Dream Museum of Chinese in America
Chinese Urbanization in American Suburbia Urban China Forum, Columbia University
Museums as Platforms for Community Engagement Building Community Workshop
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


Venice Architecture Biennale Dimensions of Citizenship, Form N-X00, Italy
Olver Design Building Gallery Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts
Performa 17 Circulations: Architecture and Performance, New York
Oslo Architecture Triennale Norway
Museum of Chinese in America New York
Lyman Allyn Art Museum Connecticut
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts Harvard University


Urban Design Forum Fellow
Vernacular Architecture Forum Board Member, New England Chapter (2016-2019)