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Daniel Abramson

Departmental Faculty

Daniel Abramson, MArch, MCP, PhD
Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Adjunct Associate Professor, Architecture
Adjunct Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture


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Office: 448F Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 543-2089
VM: (206) 543-2089
Fax: (206) 685-9597
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
448F Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

I try to bring a global-local awareness to the research, teaching and practice of urban design and historic preservation. Having lived and studied in Beijing, China and Vancouver, Canada (as well as Ireland and Poland), I am especially fascinated by the cross-cultural dimensions of communicating design and planning ideas. And with a background in history as well as architecture and city planning, I also take a long view of these subjects in my writing and teaching. I work hard to provide students with hands-on opportunities to practice methods and problems in urban design and preservation, socio-spatial inquiry, and participatory planning--especially in marginal(ized) neighborhoods and communities, and in other countries whenever possible. In the realm of theory, I am currently most excited to understand how national or global norms of urban design and historic preservation take local forms, especially in the context of rapid urbanization and political-economic change.

Also See

University of Washington Web Portal to Community Planning Activities in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China »


Selected Publications

“Conservation on the Edge: Periurban Settlement Heritage in China,” for special issue of Change Over Time on Conserving the City, Vol.4, No.1 (Spring 2014): 114-140.

“‘Urban-rural integration’ in the Earthquake Zone: Sichuan’s Post-Disaster Reconstruction and the Expansion of the Chengdu Metropole,” for special issue of Pacific Affairs on Periurbanism in Asia, Vol.84, No.3 (September 2011): 495-523. First author with QI Yu.

“Transitional Property Rights and Local Developmental History in China,” for special issue of Urban Studies on Property Rights in Transition, edited by Annette Kim, Vol. 48, No.3 (March 2011): 553-568.

“Places for the Gods: Urban Planning as Orthopraxy and Heteropraxy in China,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol.29, No.1 (February 2011): 67-88. 

“Using GIS in Community Design Charrettes: Lessons from a Japan–U.S. Collaboration in Earthquake Recovery and Mitigation Planning for Kobe,” Habitat International, Vol. 33, No. 4 (October 2009): 310-318.  Second author with T. Tanaka and Y. Yamazaki.

“Haussmann and Le Corbusier In China: Land Control and the Design of Streets in Urban Redevelopment,” Journal of Urban Design, Vol.13, No. 2 (June 2008): 231-256.

“The Aesthetics of City-scale Preservation Policy in Beijing,” Planning Perspectives, Vol. 22, No. 2 (April 2007): 129–166. 

“From Ethnic Enclave to Multi-ethnic Translocal Community: Constructed Identities and Urban Design in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District,” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Winter 2006): 341-360.  First author with Lynne Manzo and Jeffrey Hou.

“Planning for the Urban Edge in Quanzhou, Fujian: Foreshadowing an Enablement Approach to Village Urbanization,” Projections: the MIT Journal of Planning, Vol. 5 (June 2006): 9-26.  First author with Samantha Anderson. 

“Urban Planning in China: Continuity and Change,” Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 72, No. 2 (Spring 2006): 197-215.  


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