I-Shian (Ivan) Suen

Associate Professor

Bowe House, Room 102 Phone: (804) 828-2721 Email:


  • Land use planning
  • Planning support systems
  • Applications of geospatial technologies for data analysis and visualization


B.S., Urban Planning, Feng Chia University (Taichung, Taiwan), 1984
M.U.P., Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon, 1988
Ph.D., Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, 1998


Land use planning, geographic information systems and data analysis techniques

Research interests

Land use planning, geographic information systems, decision support systems, e-government services and their integration in planning education and practice


Suen taught in the geographic information systems program at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash., from 1996-98. He served as assistant professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University from 1998-2004. His project “3D Visualization of Planning Scenarios: Brookland Park Boulevard Commercial Revitalization Plan, Richmond, Virginia” was named 2007 Best Use of Technology to Improve a Plan or Planning Process by the Information Technology Division of the American Planning Association. He received the 2001 Faculty Award for Extraordinary Performance, as well as the 2003 Polster Teaching Award, presented “in grateful appreciation of outstanding instruction in the studio or classroom,” from the College of Design at Iowa State University.

Selected publications

3D Visualization in Community-Based Planning. Journal of Extension (2005). With Timothy O. Borich.

Residential development pattern and intra-neighborhood infrastructure provision: an empirical study of Story County, Iowa. Journal of Urban Planning and Development(March 2005).

Software Review: CommunityViz 1.3. Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 16(1): 51-55 (2004).