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Chris Luo

Chris Luo

Planning Intern at New York City Department of City Planning


New York City Department of City Planning

Planning Intern

• Conducted GIS analysis and quantitative analysis, created maps, charts and graphs, gave presentations to staff.
• Assisted City Planners with review, analysis and recommendations regarding development proposals, site plans and land use applications, prepared comment letters, coordinated meetings with applicants and other divisions and record meeting notes.

Career medium 03
Career medium 03

University at Buffalo

Teaching Assistant - to Professor Li Yin in "Computing for Environmental Analysis"

• Developed step-by-step handouts and directed weekly laboratory sections teaching 24 students how to use ArcGIS to collect, classify, edit and analyze spatial data.
• Prepared lecture presentations, quiz sheets and assignment sheets for professor, provided guidance to students during office hours, graded students’ maps and written assignment.


City of Buffalo, New York

Intern Urban Planner/GIS Analyst

The Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning provides management of the planning issues that affect the quality of life and economic vitality in the City of Buffalo, New York. While working as an Intern GIS Analyst/Urban Planner, I worked on the following two projects:

Buffalo Green Code:
The Buffalo Green Code Project aims to update the current Zoning Ordinance and Land Use regulation to promote healthy, sustainable development in economy, environment and society in Buffalo. I facilitated Green Infrastructure Stakeholder Meeting, and record participants' comment; analyzed thousands of questionnaires from previous Neighborhood Workshops for online distribution.

Neighborhood Redevelopment Plans:
The Neighborhood Redevelopment Plans Project is an action agenda focusing on leveraging private investment into urban redevelopment. I conducted site surveys, updated City GIS data, and created maps depicting current land uses, vacancy, greening, and infrastructure in the Highland Park Community, which was input into the draft neighborhood redevelopment plan and later part of the City policy.

Career medium 04

State University of New York at Buffalo

Master's degree, Urban Planning

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Civil Engineering