Quilian Riano

Quilian Riano

Brooklyn, NY, US


DSGN AGNC Founder and Principal
Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons The New School of Design 
MArch - Harvard University | Graduate School of Design
BDes - University of Florida | School of Architecture

Quilian (pronounced Killian) is a designer, writer, and educator working out of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Quilian founded DSGN AGNC and is its principal. Quilian works with trans-disciplinary teams to research and design proposals that address the complex interactions of social, political, economic and spatial urban processes. This methodology seeks to address issues that negatively affect marginal communities with comprehensive research that can be used to propose a variety of targeted policies, actions, architectures and designs at various scales — from pamphlets to buildings to landscapes.



Quilian's Design Blog on Archinect:

Design and Agency

Thoughts on the built environment, design, agency, and activism.

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Quilian's School Blog on Archinect:

Harvard University - GSD (Quilian)

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Quilian's Featured Articles on Archinect

Gaming the System: role-playing spatial and political change, Thu, Sep 1 '16

"[The] sovereign art, of course, will be the one whose laws rule over the relations among men in their totality. That is, Politics.Nothing is alien to Politics, because nothing is alien to the superior art that rules the relations among men.Medicine, war, architecture, etc. – minor and ...

Gaming the System: role-playing spatial and political change

UpStarts: WORKac, Tue, Sep 18 '07

The one thing you will not find in school--or even on Architecture Registration Exams--is a course on how to get work, yet it is one of the most basic needs of any design practice. In fact, if you don't have an equal ability to experiment in getting work as you do in doing work you would be ...

UpStarts: WORKac


DSGN AGNC, DSGN AGNC Founder and Principal

Jan 2009 - current

The New School, New York, NY, US, Part-Time Assistant Professor

Jan 2009 - current

City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY, US, Lecturer - Urban Design Studio

Jan 2010 - May 2016

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, Adjunct Professor

Jan 2010 - Aug 2010

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Design Studio Instructor || Researcher

May 2004 - Apr 2010


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2009

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Bachelors, Architectural Design

May 2001 - Apr 2004


Venice Biennale Exhibitor and Featured Project, Other

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