Yuan Lai is a Ph.D. candidate in urban systems and informatics at New York University (NYU). His research focuses on the intersection of data science, urban systems, and real estate development.

He holds a M.S. in applied urban science and informatics from NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a Master’s in urban planning (M.U.P.), and a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture with a minor in law.  Prior to NYU, Yuan practiced as an architect/urban designer in Sadie Architects with Moshe Safdie. He has been involved in large-scale mixed-use development planning and design located in China, USA, Israel, Singapore, and Turkey.

Yuan is a Forefront Fellow with Urban Design Forum, a Data Science Immersion Fellow with Bloomberg, and an Accredited Professional of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design by U.S. Green Building Council. He serves as a reviewer for leading research journals including PlosONE, Urban Studies, Sustainable Cities and Society,  and International Journal of Health Geographics.

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Email: yuan.lai@nyu.edu

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