Dr. Tzu-Yuan Stessa Chao


Department of Urban Planning, National Cheng-Kung University






Tzu-Yuan Stessa Chao is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning and research fellow of Healthy City Research Center at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Her research mainly focus on demographic changes and urban planning system in terms of planning/ design practices and planning regulatory system. She was the first project leader of the National Age-Friendly Cities Program in Taiwan in 2010-2011 and has been highly involved in Age-friendly Cities research in Taiwan since 2010.


She has been a visiting scholar at the University of West of England WHO Collaborating Centre in 2012. She also has published a number of journal articles and book chapters (Time, Space, Places ; The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-being) on the age-friendly cities and communities from planning and design perspectives. She holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and a Doctorate of Urban Planning from the University of Nottingham (UK.





PhD of Urban Planning (Built Environment)

University of Nottingham, School of Built Environment, UK

Field of Research: mixed-use development, city centre regeneration, Urban design, ageing society, urban growth, housing policy, Land use policy
Supervisor: Prof. Taner Oc
(Director of Institute of Urban Planning)

Thesis Title: City living and Empty nesters: Attitudes towards mixed-use development




Master of City and Regional Planning

University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, USA




Bachelor of Arts

National Cheng-Chi University, Department of Land Economics

Urban Planning program




Teaching, Research and Professional Experiences



Committee Member, Kaohsiung City Urban Planning Committee, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan


Committee Member, Kaohsiung City Urban Design Committee, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Committee Member, Chiayi County Urban Planning Committee, Chiayi County, Taiwan


Committee Member, Chiayi County Rural Land Development Committee, Chiayi County, Taiwan


Committee Member, Kaohsiung City Urban Renewal Fund Management Board,

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan


Visiting Scholar, The WHO Healthy City Collaborating Research Centre & Department of Planning and Architecture,

University of the West of England, UK


Committee Member, Chiayi Age-Friendly City Committee, Chiayi, Taiwan


Commissioner, Soil and Groundwater Remediation Fund Management Board,

The Executive Yuan, Taiwan


Assistant Professor, National Cheng-Kung University, Department of Urban Planning, Tainan, Taiwan

Undergraduate Course titled: Practicum of urban planning , Planning Law

Postgraduate Course titled: Plan Investment and Evaluation, Environmental Risk and Land Management

2/2005~ 7/2008

Assistant Professor, Private Leader University, Department of Asset Science, Tainan, Taiwan

Undergraduate Course titled: Urban Economics, Urban Finance and management, Practicum of Real Estate Management,

Introduction of Asset Science, Land and Environment, Housing policy

Postgraduate Course titled: Land Law, Regional Development, Land Use

9/2000~ 8/2001

Urban Planner, Taipei City Government, Bureau of Urban Development

Taipei, Taiwan, Job description: urban regeneration practice, historical preservation, adoptive re-use of listed buildings

8/2000~ 6/2001

Part-time Lecturer, Private I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Undergraduate Course titled: Urban planning and urban life


Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, USA,

Postgraduate Course titled: Complementary IT skills for planning




No.1, University Rd. Tainan City, Taiwan 701

E-mail: tychao@mail.ncku.edu.tw; stessa36@hotmail.com

Tel: +886-6-2757575-54221(office)