DSGN AGNC (Founder/Principal/Lead Designer since 2009)



Expanding Bodies: Pedagogical Models for Pluralistic Spatialities. Architectural Design
Design Activism as Continuous Collective Practice Places Journal
Template for a Cooperative Network of Small Architecture Practices as part of The Coop Network Group of The Architecture Lobby
FOLLOW THE MONEY by Vittorio Lovato with Peggy Deamer, Quilian Riano, and Manuel Shvartzberg on behalf of The Architecture Lobby
The Unaccompanied Adult RuleThe Unaccompanied Adult Rule in The Arsenal of Inclusion/Exclusion
Gaming the System: role-playing spatial and political change – Archinect, August 2016.
Which Public?: Conflict as Catalyst – ARPA Journal, June 2014
Identifying the Designer as Worker Essay by Peggy Deamer, Quilian Riano, and Manuel Shvartzberg on behalf of The Architecture Lobby
Essay on #whOWNSpace for MAS Context 
Harvard GSD TransUrban Series -03/04 Valdespartera/Sarriguren (Co-Writer/Editor)
Harvard GSD TransUrban Series 02: Solar City (Researcher/Designer)
Renacer del Rio Tajo – Harvard GSD book (Editor/Designer)
2030 Palette Blog
Ecological Urbanism Blog
trays – Harvard GSD Student Journal 2006-2009 Editor and Founder
Architect’s Newspaper
Baseball Stadiums in Cuba 1946-1991 (University of Florida Research Report)

Quilian Riano
Pratt Institute School of Architecture Dean
DSGN AGNC Founder and Principal
MArch (Advanced Placement) – Harvard University GSD
BDes in Architecture (Summa Cum Laude) – University of Florida SoA

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

Quilian is the 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 the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Harvard University, Columbia University, Carleton University, Parsons The New School of Design, Syracuse University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the City College of New York, Tuskegee University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kent State University.

Quilian holds a Masters of Architecture (MArch) from the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), where he received advanced placement, 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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