E-mail: mzordan@sustech.edu.cn

Position: Assistant Professor

Mirna ZORDAN is an architect and a design instructor with a specific focus on data-driven spatial psychology and environment-behaviour performances in complex conditions. Her research replies to the SDGs agenda for good health and well-being and her current projects are centered on 1) psycho-physiological responses to high-density space complexities with a specific focus on stress levels, and 2) human-environment interactions for the aging society. She also has an active interest in exploring design responses for urban villages (Villages in the City) through increased dialogues among local communities and authorities, professional practices, scholars, and multidisciplinary experts. Professor ZORDAN received her BA and MA at IUAV The University of Venice together with her license for practicing Architecture. She holds a PhD from City University of Hong Kong awarded with the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). After working as an architect in Sydney, she taught and was an invited lecturer in several international institutions including IUAV The University of Venice, Atelier Europe China IUAV/CAUP Tongji University, FAB Fabrica De Ciudad (Mexico City), City University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, and ARUP Hong Kong. She was also a research fellow in Venice funded by the European Social Funding Scheme replying to the National Industry Plan 4.0, Italy, with IUAV, RE-VEGA Group, The Science and Technology Park of Venice, Regione Veneto, and Universita’ Ca’ Foscari Venezia. Before joining SUSTech, she was working at The University of Hong Kong while being an active ambassador at the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU). For more information, please see: https://www.mirnazordan.com


Selected Publications

Zordan, M.* and Je, S. (2024) Brain-Load, Stress Levels, and Visual Complexity: Digital Tools for the Detection of Intangible Human-Environment Interactions. XRDS 30, 3 (Spring 2024), 14–19. https://doi.org/10.1145/3652617


Zordan, M.* , Maree, P.J.H. (2024). Visual complexity, stress levels, and restorative environments: 1/f noise analysis for a better understanding of Intangible Human-Environment Interactions. Changing Cities VI: Spatial, Design, Landscape, Heritage and Socio-Economic dimensions, Rhodes, Greece, June 2024.


Zordan, M*.; Tsou, J.Y., Chen, J., Huang, H. (2024).Resilient public spaces under psychological distress: a closer look at high-density urban streets’ vibrancy in Hong Kong. Changing Cities VI: Spatial, Design, Landscape, Heritage and Socio-Economic dimensions, Rhodes, Greece, June 2024.


Yang, Y., Zordan, M.* (2024). Exploring Fractal Dimensions in Shenzhen's Urban Villages: Natural Patterns for Stress Reduction in High-Density Areas. Changing Cities VI: Spatial, Design, Landscape, Heritage and Socio-Economic dimensions, Rhodes, Greece, June 2024.


Zordan, M.*; Tsou, J.Y., Huang, H. (2023). Street Vibrancy and Outdoor Activities under COVID-19 Psychological Distress: Lessons from Hong Kong. Land 12, 1896. https://doi.org/10.3390/land12101896 


Huang, H., Shi, H., Zordan, M., Lo, S.M., Tsou, J.Y. * (2023). Investigating the Spatiotemporal Relationship between the Built Environment and COVID-19 Transmission. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 12, 390. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi12100390  


Zordan, M.* & Tsou, J.Y. (2022). Willingness to experience urban environments, stress levels, and contagion risk perceptions before and after the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong. International Conference on Environment and Human Health: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century, Hong Kong, August 2022.


Zordan, M.*, & Tsou, J.Y. (2020). Mass transitional uses of Public Open Spaces under the spread of COVID-19 and the support of virtual infrastructures. A call for future cities design and planning in Urbanism in the Mobile Internet Era: Proceedings of the 13th Conference of International Forum on Urbanism 2020. Netherlands, 13th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU 2020), Nanjing, China, 9/10/20.


Zordan, M. *, & Tsou, J.Y. (2020). Urban Transitions in Pandemic Scenarios: Insights from Hong Kong. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, vol. 5, no. 17, pp. 55-70. https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v5i17.376 


Zordan, M.*, & Tsou, J.Y. (2020), Behavioural Contagion in Hong Kong Urban Space under Mass Psychological Distress. in MY Abbas, RMA El-Zeiny, MA Kamal, P Atmodiwirjo, M Bisadi, R Gy Hashim, H Zhang & CC Turkyilmaz (eds), Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, no. 14, vol. 5, pp. 303-310, AIVCE-BS-1: AMERABRA International Virtual Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies, 1st Series, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 24/06/20. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5i14.2161 


Zordan, M.*, Talamini, G., & Villani, C. (2019). The Association between Ground Floor Features and Public Open Space Face-To-Face Interactions: Evidence from Nantou Village, Shenzhen. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 24, 4934. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244934


Wang, L., Tosi, M.C., Zordan, M., Villani, C., Maroso, S., Pellizer, A., Aymonino, A., & Talamini, G. (2018). Walkable Cities in High Density China: Livable, Healthy And Sustainable. Tongji University Press, Shanghai.