DSGN AGNC, Founder/Principal
Pratt Institute Interim Dean
Masters of Architecture – Harvard University | Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Design (Summa Cum Laude) – University of Florida | School of Architecture


Quilian (pronounced: Killian) is an architectural and urban designer, researcher, writer, and educator.

Quilian Riano is the Interim Dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, working across the school’s architecture, landscape, urban design, planning, and management programs. Quilian also serves as the Vice President for Architecture of the Architectural League of New York.

Quilian founded and leads DSGN AGNC, a design studio exploring new forms of political design, processes, and engagements through architecture, urbanism, landscapes and art. Quilian/DSGN AGNC’s design work has been featured at the Venice Biennale, Queens Museum of Art, Harvard University, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New Museum, the Center for Architecture, the Architectural League of New York, among others. For this work, Quilian has won awards from the Vilcek Foundation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University, The Boston Society of Architects, and the University of Florida and received fellowships from the Design Trust for Public Space, Institute for Public Architecture, and the J. Max Bond Center for the Just City at CUNY, among others.

Over the last few decades, Quilian has taught undergraduate and graduate studios in architecture, urban design, art, and transdisciplinary design at Harvard University, Columbia University, Carleton University, Parsons The New School of Design, The Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the City College of New York, and Kent State University. Quilian is an initiator and core member of Dark Matter University, a democratic network committed to creating new forms of knowledge and knowledge production, institutions, collectivity, practice, design, and community culture.

Quilian holds a Masters of Architecture (MArch) from the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and a Bachelors of Design in Architecture (BDes) with Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida’s School of Architecture.

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EMAIL: quilian @ dsgnagnc . com
twitter: @quilian


DK Osseo-Asare* (Ghana), ’09-’11
Fernando Canteli de Castro, ’16
Miguel Castaneda, ’14
Rena Mande ’11-’14
Danielle Letitia ’09-’14
Nic Ter Meer ’09-’14
Jessica Sanclemente ’12-’14
Scarlett Esion ’13-’14
Matt Uminski ’13
Melissa Frost (NYC) ’11-’12
Philip Grimaldi (NYC) ’11-’12
Amanda Rekemeyer (NYC) ’11-’12
Mark Gusmann (CA) ’10-’11
Zenon Tech-Czarny (NYC) ’10-’11
Rachel Lehrer (NYC) ’11
Howard Chambers (NYC) ’11
Patricia Florescu (Boston) ’10-’11

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