Hello

I'm Leilei Duan

Lecturer

  • City Los Angeles
  • School University of Southern California
  • Contact leileidu@usc.edu
  • Website geodesignwiki.com

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Hello, I am a lecturer at University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute. I received my doctoral degree in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida in 2018, with a concurrent master degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology. I received my master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UF in 2014. My research broadly revolves around urban allocation, geodesign, land use analysis, and 3D visualization.

I was the instructor for 3D Modeling, Visualization and Simulation, a undergraduate-level course at UF that trains geodesign focused students with a set of advanced 3D modeling skills. It emphasizes GIS-based 3D modeling, critical thinking in three-dimensional world, and efficient communication with 3D representations.

I will be teaching Principles of Geodesign, and Community Health Scan in Fall 2019.

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Professional Skills

ArcGIS
CityEngine
QGIS
SketchUp
Python
R
HTML5 & CSS

Education

2014 - 2018

Doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Florida

2017 - 2018

Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology

University of Florida

2011 - 2014

Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning

University of Florida

2007 - 2011

Bachelor's degree in Urban Management

East China University of Science and Technology

Work Experience

2019 - present

Lecturer

University of Southern California

2018 - 2019

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

University of Southern California

2016

Student assistant

Esri User Conference

2016 - 2017

Campus Ambassador

Esri

2016

Transportation planning/ visualization intern

RS&H, Inc. (Tampa office)

 Created 3D models of the City of Tampa using CityEngine to support the Tampa Bay Expressway (TBX) project, and provided GIS demographic data and built environment data analysis support.

2015

Transportation planning intern

RS&H, Inc. (Jacksonville office)

 Provided GIS analysis support for multiple projects, developed part of the GIS Technician Guide for RS&H, and hosted two Lunch and Learn events presenting new GIS techniques that can be applied to the current workflow.

2010

Transportation and environmental planning intern

Kunming City Planning Bureau

 Participated in green field planning of Panlong District

Teaching Experience

2019

Instructor

SSCI 201 Principles of GeoDesign

2019

Instructor

SSCI 340 Community Health Scan

2019

Co-Instructor

SSCI 265 Water Planet

Lab instructor

2019

Co-Instructor

SSCI 382 Principles of Geographic Information Science

Lab instructor

2019

Co-Instructor

SSCI 383 Geospatial Modeling and Customization

Lab instructor

2018 - 2019

Co-Instructor

SSCI 301 Maps and Spatial Reasoning

Lab instructor

2018

Co-Instructor

SSCI 214 Human Populations and Natural Hazards

Lead discussion sessions

2018

Co-Instructor

SSCI 401 Geospatial Intelligence

Lab instructor

2018

Teaching Assistant

LAA 6656/ URP 6341 Environmental Design and Planning Practicum (Geodesign)

Lectured on fundamentals in ArcGIS, and helped students with questions

2016 - 2018

Teaching Assistant

URP 6272 Urban Spatial Analysis

Helped the professor with setting up the course syllabus, lectured on GIS Spatial Analysis and Spatial Statistics tools, and provided assistance with students’ assignments.

2017

Instructor

URP 4230 3D Modeling, Visualization and Simulation

Created and organized the course structure, taught this course

2017

Teaching Assistant

URP 6905 Urban Coastal Analysis

Lectured on the usage of Story Map and ArcGIS Online, and helped students with their assignments.

2017

Teaching Assistant

URP 6872 Planning & Design II

Helped the professor with setting up the course structure, and provided assistance with students’ assignments

2016

Teaching Assistant

URP 6905 Geodesign Studio

Helped the professor with setting up the course structure, and lectured on demographic data analysis.

2016

Teaching Assistant

URP 6905 3D Geospatial Urban Modeling & Visualization

Prepared the lecture and homework content for CityEngine lectures, lectured on CityEngine, and provided assistance with students’ assignments.

2015 - 2016

Teaching Assistant

URP 6871 Planning & Design I

Helped the professor with setting up the course structure, lectured on 3D modeling and provided assistance with students’ assignments

2013

Teaching Assistant

URP 6374 Geodesign Studio

Provided assistance with students’ assignments.

My achievements

Co-founder of GeodesignWiki

Geodesign Wiki was established in January 2017 in the hope to serve as a platform for geodesign practitioners to have conversations. This community is still growing.

Outstanding International Student Award

I was awarded the Outstanding International Student Award in 2017 by the University of Florida.

Graduate School Fellowship

I was awarded the Graduate School Fellowship from 2014 – 2018 by the Graduate School at the University of Florida.

Portfolio

Doctoral Research

Dissertation Title:
Exploring Geodesign: Using Three-dimensional Parametric Modeling Techniques in Conjunction with Two-dimensional Land Use Models to Better Visualize Future Growth

This online presentation was used to present my dissertation defense. The title of the dissertation is Exploring Geodesign: Using Three-dimensional Parametric Modeling Techniques in Conjunction with Two-dimensional Land Use Models to Better Visualize Future Growth.

This presentation emphasizes on the methodology and results part of the research.

https://my.visme.co/projects/y4ynqr7g-dissertation-presentation-leilei-8-3-2018

Land Use Suitability Analysis

Hillsborough County Land Use Suitability Analysis

Project Name
Hillsborough County Land Use Suitability Analysis

This final project aimed to find the optimal locations for mix-use development in Hillsborough County. Land use suitability was used to perform the analysis. In addition, LiDAR data was processed in ArcGIS to extract the average building height for the existing buildings. This data was then joined to each building footprint GIS dataset. Finally, the building footprints were extruded to their true height in CityEngine. The attached poster shows the process of this analysis.

BIM Work Sample

3D Modeling

BIM Work Sample

3D Modeling

The attached PDF shows a BIM project with its drafting details and rendering effect.

My Interests

I’m a huge rubik’s cube fan and am always looking to better my skills.

  • Reading
  • Motorcycle
  • Movie
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Painting
  • Coffee time

Contact Me

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME

  • Office 3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF B57E, Los Angeles, CA 90089