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Ying Hua: Focused on Cornell and China

The director of the Cornell China Center serves as a crucial bridge between Cornell’s presence in the United States and China.


Ying Hua

Ying Hua, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology, directs the Cornell China Center.

She works with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) to further craft and execute the university’s China strategy and provide academic and programmatic direction for the new Cornell China Center in Beijing.

“As director of the Cornell China Center, Ying serves as a crucial bridge between Cornell’s presence in the United States and China,” says Wendy Wolford, vice provost for international affairs.

Hua chairs the China Center Faculty Steering Committee and works closely with the Cornell China Advisory Board. She also partners with OVPIA staff and the center’s executive director to coordinate and support college- and unit-level activity in the center, and administer research and other grants for China engagement.

Her background in architecture, building science and behavioral science influences Hua’s research, teaching and advising. Her research goal is to inform the design, management and re-engineering of built environments and building-sector policymaking to enhance the quality of built environments, support the health and performance of their occupants, and mitigate the building sector’s impact on global climate change.

As an member of the China Green Building Council, Hua has actively promoted sustainable building policy, practice and education in China.

At Cornell, Hua is a member of the graduate fields of design and environmental analysis and of real estate. She is a faculty fellow of Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. She is a core faculty member of the Cornell East Asia Program of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and also serves as co-director of Cornell’s International Workplace Studies Program.

Hua holds a PhD in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MEng in building science and technology and a BArch, both from Zhejiang University, China.