Alain is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD). He is the Programme Director of the Master of Urban Design. He is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD). Alain has taught design studio at the AA, MIT, Columbia GSAPP, and the Berlage Institute.
His research interests are in “how to measure urban design” i.e., spatial configurations of urban qualities. He is the lead author of the 3D spatial design network analysis software (3D sDNA) used by urban designer and researcher worldwide. sDNA provided more than 400 built environment variables for the biobankUK leading to award-winning health research. sDNA is a 3D network science-based analytics software of urban morphology. 3D sDNA enables human centred volumetric urban design configuration analytics providing unique cognitive morphometrics to understand urban form impacts on communities economic, social, health, wellbeing and environmental performance.
He has directed large-scale spatial policy analysis, urban design policy formulation and evidence-based spatial and innovative urban design in major cities including London, Paris, Boston, Shanghai. He advises on urban design innovation leading international urban design practices and developers.