Brian Deal

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2002

Room 228 Temple Buell Hall 611 Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Phone: 217.333.1911
Fax: 217.244.1717

Brian Deal teaches courses in physical planning, sustainable planning theory, energy systems in planning, and a multi-disciplinary workshop on the application of sustainable planning principles. He also teaches course material on-line that contribute toward a better understanding of sustainability in planning and the USGBC's LEED rating system. His research activities have focused on developing and deploying planning tools that engage the profession of planning and ultimately help communities make better decisions. His current research includes urban land use transformation and modeling, the development of useful decision support tools, and research into energy systems and planning for climate change. He is the Director of the Land use Evolution and impact Assessment Modeling (LEAM) Laboratory and the Co-Director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. He is also one of the primary authors of the University of Illinois' climate action plan (iCAP), is a faculty mentor to the Student Sustainability Committee, and chairs the facilities committee for campus sustainability planning efforts.

Previous positions have included a decade of professional practice in architecture and as a senior researcher with the Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), where he focused on issues of sustainable design and development utilizing spatial simulation modeling techniques for military facilities. Professor Deal received a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois with a specialization in land use planning, modeling and analysis. He also holds a Master's degree and professional license in architecture.

Ongoing Research Projects

Primary research areas are sustainable planning and decision support systems.

Current work include follow up and implementation planning for the campus climate action plan, a look at how urbanization is affecting rural amenities in Korea, and the technological advancement of a next generation, ‘sentient’, decision and planning support system.

Selected Publications

Deal, B. and V Pallathucheril. 2009. "Sustainability and Urban Dynamics: A Determination of Development Stress on Local Resources." Sustainability Journal.

Deal, B. and A Chakraborty. 2009. "Cyber-physical Planning Support Systems: Advancing Participatory Decision Making in Complex Urban environments." International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management.

Deal, B., JH Kim, and A Chakraborty. 2009. "Growth Management and Sustainable Transport: Do Growth Management Policies Promote Transit Use?" Journal of Public Transportation 12 (4):.

Deal, B. and Z Sun. 2006. "A Spatially Explicit Urban Simulation Model: Landuse Evolution and Impact Assessment Model (LEAM)." In Smart Growth and Climate Change: Regional Development, Infrastructure and Adaptation, edited by M. Ruth, 181-203. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Deal, B. and V Pallathucheril. 2007. "Developing and Using Scenarios. In Engaging the Future: Forecasts, Scenarios, Plans, and Projects," edited by L D Hopkins, M A Zapata, 222-42. Cambridge MA: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.

Deal, B. and V Pallathucheril. 2008. "Simulating Regional Futures: The Land-use Evolution and impact Assessment Model (LEAM)." In Planning Support Systems for Cities and Regions, edited by Richard Brail, 61-84. Cambridge MA: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.

Deal, B. and V Pallathucheril. 2009. "A Use-Driven Approach to Large-Scale Urban Modeling and Planning Support." In Planning Support Systems: Best Practice and New Methods, edited by S Geertman and J Stillwell, 29-51. New York, NY: Springer.

Deal, B., C. Farrello, M. Lancaster, T. Kompare, and B. Hannon. 2000. "A Dynamic Model of the Spatial Spread of an Infectious Disease, Environmental Modeling and Assessment," 5, pp. 47-62.

Deal, B. Sept-Oct. 2001. "Ecological Urban Dynamics: the Convergence Spatial Modeling and Sustainability," The Journal of Building Research and Information, Vol. 29, No. 5.

Deal, B. and D Schunk. 2004. "Spatial Dynamic Modeling and Urban Land Use Transformation: A Simulation Approach to Assessing the Costs of Urban Sprawl." Journal of Ecological Economics 51 (1-2): 79-95.

Wang, Y, W Choi, and B. Deal. 2005. "Long-Term Impacts of Land-Use Change on Non-Point Source Pollutant Loads for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area." Journal of Environmental Management 35 (2): 194-205.

Aurambout, J P, A G Endress, and B. Deal. 2005. "A Spatial Model to Estimate Habitat Fragmentation and its Consequences on Long-Term Persistence of Animal Populations." Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 109 (1-3): 199-225.

Fournier, D, and B. Deal. 2007. "Toward an Energy Efficient Future: The Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Program." The Journal of Green Building 2 (3): 52-59.

Choi, W, and B. Deal. 2008. "Assessing the Hydrological Impact of Potential Land Use Change through Hydrological and Land Use Change Modeling for the Kishwaukee River Basin." Journal of Environmental Management 88: 1119-30.

Presentations and Invited Lectures

2005. Understanding Sustainability. Invited presentation, Edison Electric Institute Users Conference and Assembly, 18 October, Dallas, TX.

2006. Tightly Coupled Land Use and Transportation Modeling: The LEAM/TransEval Experience in St Louis, MO. Invited presentation, Midwest Transportation Engineers Annual Conference, 6-7 April, Kansas City, MO.

2006. Dynamic Spatial Modeling of Complex Urban Systems. Invited lecture, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Application, University of Maryland, 27 November, College Park, MD.

2007. Use-Based Dynamic Modeling. Invited paper presentation, Workshop on land use modeling, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 19 September, Cambridge, MA.

2008. The Future of Sustainable Land Use Planning. Invited presentation, US EPA Brown to Green: Sustainable Redevelopment Workshop, Kansas State University, 9 September, Manhattan, Kansas.

2008. Integrating Dynamic Land Use Modeling with Transportation Planning. Invited lecture, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), 11 September, Chicago, IL.

2008. What Would Daniel Do? With Regional Dynamic Spatial Models. Invited lecture, On the Eve of the Centennial: Daniel Burnham, Big Thinkers, and the Future of the Metropolis, event organized by the Chicago Metro Section of the American Planning Association, 20 November, Chicago, IL.

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