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Quilian Riano

Quilian   Riano

Part-time Lecturer

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  • Email: rianoq@newschool.edu


  • Quilian Riano is a designer, writer, researcher and part-time faculty member of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, The New School for Design. Quilian teaches design studios at Parsons The New School for Design in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Design Strategies and at Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development. Quilian has also taught architectural, urban and transdisciplinary design studios at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the City College of New York. Quilian attended University of Florida for a Bachelors of Design (BDes) in Architecture and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for a Masters of Architecture (MArch).

    Quilian founded DSGN AGNC and is its principal. DSGN AGNC (Design Agency) is a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art & activism. In practice and academia, Quilian works with community groups and trans-disciplinary teams to create engagement projects and comprehensive research that can be used to propose a variety of targeted policies, actions, and designs that seek to increase agency at various scales — from games to pamphlets to structures and landscapes. Quilian has recently received the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise as well as awards and residencies from the Institute for Public Architecture, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, Boston Society of Architects, Harvard University, and the Queens Museum. Quilian's work with DSGN AGNC has been featured at the Venice Biennale, Harvard University, the World Urban Forum, Cornell University, New York’s Center for Architecture, The Van Alen Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, The Queens Museum, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Boston Society of Architects, among others.


    Recent Publications:

    [BOOKS]
    Mostafavi, Mohsen, and Gareth Doherty. “GSD: Ecological Urbanism Blog.” Ecological Urbanism. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Mu¨ller,
    2010. Pages: 630-39.
    [Quilian Riano and Dan Handel started a student blog to comment on the Ecological Urbanism conference; later published in
    the Ecological Urbanism book]
    Hee, Limin, Andrew TenBrink, Thomas Schroepfer, Quilian Riano, and Christian Wethmann. TRANSURBAN CASE STUDY 03:
    VALDESPARTERA. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2010.
    Hee, Limin, Andrew TenBrink, Thomas Schroepfer, Quilian Riano, and Christian Wethmann. TRANSURBAN CASE STUDY 04:
    SARRIGUREN. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2010.
    Rebirth of the Tajo River. Ed. Carl Steinitz, Christian Werthmann and Quilian Riano. Cambridge: Harvard U Graduate School of
    Design, 2008.

    [JOURNALS]
    Riano, Quilian. “Which Public?” Ed. Janette Kim. ARPA JOURNAL - Columbia University GSAPP. Issue 1 (2014):
    [http://arpajournal.gsapp.org/which-public/]
    Riano, Quilian. “From Affirmations to Disruptions: Understanding Design as a Political Act.” QUADERNS JOURNAL (2013):
    [http://quaderns.coac.net/en/2013/11/design-as-a-political-act/].
    Riano, Quilian. “On The Question of #whOWNSpace.” Ed. Iker Gil. MAS CONTEXT 13 (2012): 72-79.
    Riano, Quilian. “Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed.” Ed. Nancy Levinson. PLACES JOURNAL (2011):
    [http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=29558].
    Riano, Quilian. “Relearning the Social: Architecture and Change.” Ed. Nancy Levinson. PLACES JOURNAL (2010):
    [http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=19128].
    Riano, Quilian. “A City in Search of Good Fortune.” Ed. Nancy Levinson. PLACES JOURNAL (2009):
    [http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=11847].

    Research Interests:

    -Political Theory

    -Game Design

    -Urban Production

    -Power Mapping and Cartography of Complexity

    Awards and Honors:

    AWARDS
    [2014] Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Design
    [2014] Mojdeh Baratloo Urban Urge Award Finalist
    [2013] Top 100 Global Public Interest Design List | from Public Interest Design
    [2012] Next City’s Vanguard in Design and Advocacy
    [2010] Boston Society of Architects Research Grant
    [2008] American Society of Landscape Architects Student Award | Project in Talavera de la Reina, Spain

    ?RESIDENCIES AND FELLOWSHIPS
    [2014] TOTAL RESET - Housing Fellowship | Institute of Public Architecture | New York City
    [2014] OfficeUS Outpost | Venice Biennale 2014 American Pavilion | New York City and Venice
    [2012] Critical Activism Residency | Austrian Cultural Forum | New York City
    [2011] Social Practice Queens Residency | Queens Museum and Queens College | New York City

    EXHIBITIONS
    [2014] “Investigating Public” Spontaneous Interventions | Governor’s Island, New York | July and August
    [2014] “ShareWhat?!” IPA’s Total Reset with No Longer Empty | Harlem, New York | July and August
    [2013] “#whOWNSpace” Spontaneous Interventions | Chicago Cultural Center | May thru June
    [2013] “Corona Plaza” Queens Museum | Corona Queens, New York | January and February
    [2012] “Critical Activism” Austrian Cultural Forum | New York City | June
    [2012] “Urban Intervention Camp” Spontaneous Interventions | Venice Biennale 2012 | August
    [2012] “#whOWNSpace” Spontaneous Interventions | Venice Biennale 2012 | August
    [2011] “Facatativa’s Flowers” Queens Museum | Queens, New York | August
    [2011] “Facatativa Housing Project” MoMA PS1 Book Fair | Queens, New York | November
    [2011] “City Sessions” Urban Design Week | New York City, NYC | October
    [2011] “New City Reader: Classifieds” (as part of #LGNLGN) | The New Museum | New York City | January
    [2010] “Grounded Ecologies: Tijuana Project” Harvard Graduate School of Design | Cambridge | August
    [2009] “Politics & Architecture: Cuban Stadiums” Harvard Graduate School of Design | Cambridge | January



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