PH.D, International ASLA
Associate | Director of Research
An established researcher, educator and thought leader, Shan has conducted and published a substantial body of research on the relationship between people and their environment, therapeutic landscapes, healthcare design, and sustainable community development. While teaching within West Virginia University’s School of Design and Community Development, she published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented her work at conferences, and published a full monograph with Routledge. As GBBN’s Director of Research, Shan leads firm-wide research efforts, helping design teams in all markets conduct research while drawing on established research to inform and support their design work.
Both creative and scientific—open-minded and rigorous—Shan enjoys working with her coworkers to generate design solutions while also subjecting them to rigorous testing, so we understand how well they work. Drawn to the grace and power of racquet sports, Shan recharges with a game or by taking in art and nature.
Author, Nature Through a Hospital Window: The Therapeutic Benefits of Landscape in Architectural Design, Routledge
Chairperson, American Society of Landscape Architects’ Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Practice Network
Former Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Design and Community Development, West Virginia University
First-Author, “Hospital Greenspaces and the Impacts on Wayfinding & Spatial Experience: An Explorative Experiment Through Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) Techniques,” HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Research Fellow and Peer-Reviewer, Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study Investigation Program