Brian Deal teaches courses in physical planning, sustainable planning theory, energy systems in planning, and a multidisciplinary workshop on the application of sustainable planning principles. He also teaches course material online 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 Director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). 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 PhD 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.
Primary research areas are sustainable planning and decision support systems.
Current work includes 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.
- PhD in Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
- Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
- BS in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, School of Architecture
Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Chen, S., Kwak, Y., Zhang, L., Mosey, G., & Deal, B. (2021). Tightly coupling input output economics with spatio-temporal land use in a dynamic planning support system framework. Land, 10(1), 1-17. . https://doi.org/10.3390/land10010078
Kwak, Y., Deal, B., & Mosey, G. (2021). Landscape Design toward Urban Resilience: Bridging Science and Physical Design Coupling Sociohydrological Modeling and Design Process. Sustainability, 13(9), . https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094666
Mosey, G., & Deal, B. (2021). Optimizing Multi-Family Building Massing for Affordability and Envelope Performance: An Investigation of the Trade-Offs Implicit in Low Rise Residential Buildings. Buildings, 11(3), . https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11030099
Yang, T., Pan, H., Zhang, X., Greenlee, A., & Deal, B. (Accepted/In press). What determines city's resilience against epidemic outbreak: evidence from China's COVID-19 experience. Sustainable Cities and Society, 70, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.102892
Zhang, L., Cong, C., Pan, H., Cai, Z., Cvetkovic, V., & Deal, B. (2021). Socioecological informed comparative modeling to promote sustainable urban policy transitions: Case study in Chicago and Stockholm. Journal of Cleaner Production, 281, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125050