Home / About / People / Faculty / Jeffrey Kok Hui Chan



Discipline: Design Theory
Pillar / Cluster: , Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr. Jeffrey K.H. Chan received his B.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), his M.Ed in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Architecture (Design Theory and Methods) from University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on design ethics in the context of large-scale sociotechnical systems and urbanization.

Key Publications

  • Chan, J.K.H. (2019). Urban Ethics in the Anthropocene: The moral dimensions of six emerging conditions in contemporary urbanism. UK: Palgrave [in press]
  • Chan, J.K.H. (2019). Designing ethics in large scale sociotechnical systems. In A. DeRosa & L. Scherling (eds.), Ethics in Design and Communication. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. [forthcoming in 2019]
  • Chan, J.K.H. (2018). Design ethics: Reflecting on the ethical dimensions of technology, sustainability, and responsibility in the Anthropocene. Design Studies, 54, pp. 184-200.
  • Chan, J.K.H. & Protzen, J.P. (2018). Between conflict and consensus: Searching for an ethical compromise in planning. Planning Theory, 17(2), pp. 170-189.
  • Chan, J.K.H. & Zhang, Y. (2017). Sharing and Design for Shareability. In Zhang, Y. & Huang, H. (eds.), Sharing City. Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press. [in press]
  • Liao, K.H. & Chan, J.K.H. (2016). What is ecological wisdom and how does it relate to ecological knowledge? Landscape and Urban Planning, 155, pp. 111-113.
  • Chan, J.K.H. (2016). The ethics of working with wicked urban waste problems: The case of Singapore’s Semakau Landfill. Landscape and Urban Planning, 154, pp. 123-131. [selected as Editors’ Choice for Journal Landscape and Urban Planning]
  • Chan, J.K.H. (2015). Moral Agency in Architecture? The Dialectics of Spatializing Morality and Moralizing Spaces. In A.L. Muller & W. Reichmann (eds.), Architecture, Materiality and Society: Connecting Sociology of Architecture with Science and Technology Studies. UK: Palgrave, pp.198-214.
  • Chan, J.K.H. (2014). Planning ethics in the age of wicked problems. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 3(2), pp. 18-37.
  • Chan, J.K.H. (2013). Teaching ethics in architecture: contexts, issues and strategies. Journal of the NUS Teaching Academy, 3(3), pp. 85-99.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley


  • Design Ethics
  • Urban Planning