Ying-Yu Hung is the Managing Principal of SWA Los Angeles, and co-founder of the firm’s Infrastructure Research Initiative at SWA (I.R.I.S.) that seeks to research, document and analyze works of infrastructure that have the potential to be multi-functional. Hung was awarded an ASLA National Honor Award for the book ‘Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA’ which she co-authored and is currently in its second edition. In Shanghai, Hung’s work on the Gubei Pedestrian Promenade received a Southern California Chapter ASLA Award of Excellence last year and was also the featured project of the December 2012 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. In Shanghai, Hung formed a collaborative team that included Morphosis for the winning design of the Pudong Waterfront competition in Shanghai, China. The proposal sought to integrate a 250-acre park along the Huangpu River within a 940-acre mixed-use development.
Collaborating with local communities and artists, Hung is currently developing a series of interpretive artwork to highlight the history of the Arroyo Seco Movement in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, one of the oldest and most historically significant areas in Southern California. In the summer of 2013, Hung organized a symposium centered around the Los Angeles River and its various reaches, bringing together local community stakeholders, the City of Los Angeles, the Army Corps of Engineers, various non-profit organizations, USC and UCLA, to engage in a dynamic discourse centered around the river and its potential to re-imagine the city as having a vibrant, ecological river at its core.