Quilian Riano
DSGN AGNC Founder and Principal
Assoc. AIA
Parsons The New School of Design, Part-Time Assistant Professor
Masters of Architecture – Harvard University | Graduate School of Design
Bachelors of Design (Summa Cum Laude) – University of Florida | School of Architecture

Quilian (pronounced: Killian) is an architectural, strategy and urban designer, researcher, writer, and educator working out of Brooklyn, New York. Currently, Quilian is a Senior Urban and Strategic Designer/Researcher to support a more equitable built environment in the Office of the Chief Architect at New York City’s Department of Design and Construction. 

Quilian is also the founder and principal of DSGN AGNC, a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism and art.

In practice and academia, Quilian works to create forensic research models into policies that affect urban spaces, often alongside local stakeholders and trans­disciplinary teams, that in turn can be used to propose a variety of spatial designs, targeted policies and actions that seek to increase local agency. This process has been used for public plaza, garden and park projects with groups such as the Queens Museum of Art, the Van Alen Institute, the Design Trust for Public Space, Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden, often working with immigrant and other underserved communities.

Quilian is committed to design education as a part-time Assistant Professor teaching architectural and urban design studios at Parsons, The New School for Design. Quilian has also taught architectural and urban design studios at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Carleton University, Syracuse University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the City College of New York. Quilian received a Bachelors of Design (BDes) Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. QUILIAN’S TEACHING CV.

Quilian has won awards from the Vilcek Foundation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University, The Boston Society of Architects, Next City and his work has been featured at the Venice Biennale, Queens Museum of Art, Harvard University, Parsons The New School of Design, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New Museum, The Austrian Cultural Forum, among others. Quilian has received fellowships from the Queens College, The Institute for Public Architecture, the J. Max Bond Jr. Center for the Just City, and the Design Trust for Public Space, among others. Quilian and DSGN AGNC’s work has been written about on the New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Architect Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, Harvard Design Magazine, Archinect, among others. Quilian also collaborates on a variety of architectural, urban, design and research projects with other groups, including Estudio Teddy CruzArchinectPlaces Journal#lgnlgnHarvard UniversityParsons The New School for Design, the Queens Museum of Art and the non-profit Architecture 2030. These projects often cross disciplinary boundaries and are located in Africa, Europe and North, Central and South America.
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