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Dr Tanya Z. Tan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Tanya received her M.Sc. in Sustainable and Environmental Design (Distinction) and Ph.D. in Architecture from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2010 and 2016, respectively. She was a Research Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She then joined the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Hautes Études d'Ingénieur, Université Catholique de Lille for teaching and research. Her research interests focus on sustainable urban planning and design, urban climate, age-friendly cities, design and human perception. Since 2014 Tanya has been involved in teaching architectural design studio, sustainable urban planning, green building design strategies, and computer simulation (microclimate modelling and building energy performance simulation).

Research interests

sustainable planning and design

outdoor thermal comfort

design and human perception

age-friendly cities


urban planning workshop

design adaptation and conversion

design studio

architectural science and building simulation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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