Ryun Jung (RJ) Lee, PhD, AICP

Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture and Planning

Ryun Jung (RJ) Lee


Ryun Jung (RJ) Lee, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Before joining UTSA, Lee was a Lecturer and a Postdoc Researcher at Texas A&M University where she also obtained her PhD in Urban and Regional Sciences in 2018.

Lee’s research focuses on physical planning and community resilience. Specifically, her research interests include measuring the effects of the neighborhood built environment on perception/behaviors and examining the mitigating effect of green infrastructure on physical and social vulnerability using quantitative methods and GIS. Through her research, Lee serves marginalized communities and has been actively involved in service-learning projects in Texas in collaboration with Texas Target Communities.

Her educational background includes a BS and MS in urban planning focusing on urban design at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. After getting her MS in 2009, she worked for an engineering firm, Yooshin, and was involved in comprehensive planning and public housing projects in Korea. She also worked as a researcher at the Public Investment Management Center of the Seoul Institute before starting her doctoral degree in 2013. With her planning experience, she is a licensed professional urban planner in South Korea.

Lee has published in various planning and urban studies journals such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Environment and Planning B, and Journal of Urban Design. Her ongoing research includes a Federal Statistical Research Data Center project examining the relationship between urban form and quality of life (PI, 2021-2025) and a Lincoln Institute Project on the relationship between flood buyouts, green infrastructure, and property values after Harvey in the Houston area, Texas (PI, 2022-2023). She has taught undergraduate and graduate-level urban design studios and classes in digital graphic communications, site planning, and contemporary/historical urban issues.