Wanying LIANG

Wanying LIANG‘s research interest includes designing landscape or urban systems to achieve environmental justice, and improve well-being, especially mental health. 

Research interest: Built Environment and Public Health; Environmental Justice; ;Landscape Design; Urban Design

Research assistant


Email: wrenleung@connect.hku.hku

Landscape Design for Active Ageing in Neighborhoods

Design project

Central Waterfront Transformation for a livable Hong Kong: Making Visible and Active experience

Design project

Aiming for spatial justice: Migrants’ heaven in fast developing cities

Design project

Yunyin Garden

Construction work


Chinese Garden Health and Horticultural Therapy Conference, outstanding conference paper award, 2021

The Design Competition for 2021 Chengdu Park City International Garden Festival and the 4th BFU International Garden-Making Festival, Honor award, 2021

Landscape Institute Awards, Landscape Innovation Award, 2020

The greater bay area urban design awards, Commendation award, 2020

AAPME Awards, Honor award, 2020

The International Academy for Design & Health 13th,  International Awards, 2020

The 17th Asian Design Year Award, Ecology/Health and Sustainability Excellence Award, 2019

The 25th Guangzhou Garden Expo, First Prize, 2019

Sen Xie Cup, Third Prize, 2018

Design Projects

Landscape Design for Active Ageing in Neighborhoods


-Landscape Institute Awards, Landscape Innovation Award, 2020

As the aging population rapidly increases, the health status of this group has become a pressing issue for the city of Guangzhou. Unfortunately, older adults are often argued as a burden to society. Evidence suggests that built environments are closely associated with the health of the elderly. However, the existing outdoor environments are usually lack of awareness of the elderly’s needs. Therefore, inclusive design for the outdoor environment is necessary to improve the life quality of the elderly.

Based on the concept of active ageing, and different quality levels of residential outdoor environments, our project proposed a set of landscape toolkit to create active ageing neighborhoods that benefit the mental and physical health of the elderly.

Our design strategy for different quality levels of outdoor environments includes three parts:autonomy and independence: providing walkable and easy access environment; health and wellbeing: creating pleasant and comfortable outdoor environments for health promotion; social interaction: promoting the social connection of multi-aged groups.

Central Waterfront Transformation for a livable Hong Kong: Making Visible and Active experience

-2021 Design studio

-Hong Kong

Central waterfront is the most frequently used terminal by Hong Kong citizens for transportation and has unique historic value which was one of the most popular public space in the last 1970s. However, with the construction of tunnel and reclamation work, the waterfront is disconnected with people’s daily life and invisible. But a new urban nexus –a new central waterfront, a verdant refuge devoted to celebrating urban life and waterfront resources, will be present to all citizens after transformation.

Providing visible and experiential stimulus is the key concern, which will be done via three strategies. First is REBUILD CONNECTION, which will provide physical access and virtual, visual connection between people and the waterfront. REDEFINE SPACE will arrange the space according to the users, function, history of piers, and the situation of leftover space, to identify the clear zoning of the waterfront and enhance the spatial experience.RE-PROGRAMME is the most important part of the design, which aims to provide abundant and all-year-round urban activities for the citizens.

Aiming for spatial justice: Migrants’ heaven in fast developing cities

-The 5th China Habitat Environment Design Year Award

-The 17th Asian Design Year Award Ecology/Health and Sustainability Excellence Award, warded by Asian Architecture And Urbanism Alliance Asian Design Year Awards Organizing Committee

Many cities in China and southeast Asia are undergoing drastic changes as a result of the influx of the young work force. By the end of 2018, there are 89 cities with more than one million population in China, and 14 cities in Southeast Asia. In the process of rapid urbanization, the pursuit of efficiency is the mainstream mode of urban construction in these countries. In contrast, the fairness and justice of urban public spaces are sacrificed.

A steady flow of young floating population is the biggest public capital needed to keep the fast development of economy and its resistance to aging. However, due to the natural disadvantages of the young floating population, the unfair treatment of space is more prominent. It is predictable that the demand for developing space justice will increase strongly when cities face upheaval.

Research & Scholarship


Lu, Z., Liang, W., Chen, M., Hu, Y., Yang, H., (2021). A Review of Public Health-Based Urban Green Neighborhood Spaces in the Post-Epidemic Era. In 2021 Chinese Garden Health and Horticultural Therapy Conference. Online, 2021. (Accepted)

Chen, C., Li, H., Liang, W., Lei, D., Cen, Z., Zhong, Y., (2020). The link between residential outdoor environment and the mood of the elderly in Guangzhou. 13th World Congress 2020 for Design and Health Congress. Online, 2020. (Accepted)


Jiang, B*., Luo, L., Liu, X., Liang, W., Wang, S. (2023). Healthy Landscape and Healthy Residential Landscape: Theoretical Framework and Digital Evaluation System. Chinese Landscape Architecture, 39(2):13-19.

Liang, W., Jiang, B. (2023). Where Is My Home: The Redesign of Urban Park Landscape as an Early Social Intervention for the Homeless Population. Time Architecture. 1005-684X(2022)05-0058-08.


Working Experience

MatterLandscape architecture; 2021

Design of the plaza of the commercial center, industry area, and sky garden; participated into the analysis diagram of architecture competition and project presentation; Developed an understanding of process of practical projects and the interaction, and cooperation between different majors, how landscape and architecture interact.


Guangdong Architectural Design and Research Institute; Landscape architecture design assistant; 2018

Participated in the reconstruction project of Changsha Evergrande amusement park and the middle section of Guangzhou Avenue; Participated in the study group of design and drafting specifications, to gain a deeper understanding of the professional landing; Participated in the landscape team operations in actual commercial projects.

Workshop Experience

Tactical Urban Art Installation Workshop(tactical urbanism)

Abstract: Reconstructed the community space, designed visual impact of the landscape ribbon device.


South China Agricultural University Renewable Landscape Garden Research Platform Zhixing Design Office and Lingnan Garden Plant Landscape Workshop

First Prize of the 25th Guangzhou Garden Expo, awarded by Guangzhou Forestry and Landscape Bureau