Quilian Riano is the founder and principal of DSGNAGNC, a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art and activism. Riano is also the Director of Strategy and Research at NYDesigns, a residency, fabrication and research program for designers and tech at the City University of New York (CUNY). In practice and academia, Riano works with community groups and trans-disciplinary teams to create 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 pamphlets to architectures to landscapes. Riano holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and currently teaches design studios at Parsons, The New School for Design and Pratt Institute of Technology. Riano has recently received the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise as well as awards and residencies from Boston Society of Architects, Harvard University, and the Queens Museum. DSGNAGNC’s work 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 of Art, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Boston Society of Architects, among others.