Quilian Riano, Director of Strategy and Research




As Director of Strategy & Research at NYDesigns, Quilian Riano designs and oversees the implementation of research and strategic plans for NYDesigns to fulfill its mission. To do this, Quilian creates relationships, applied research, programs and events around new ideas and proven methods that can help our community achieve their goals. Quilian is trained as an Architect with over ten years of experience in design research, critique and practice.

Quilian holds a Masters of Architecture (MArch) from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Design (BDes) from University of Florida.

His professional experience includes the design of various architectural typologies including housing and temporary structures such as pavilions as well as the design of larger urban design and trans-design strategic plans. Quilian also works in academia, teaching studios that spouse trans-disciplinary design principles for civic engagement at many New York City design undergraduate and graduate programs.

Quilian is originally from Bogota, Colombia and grew up in Hialeah, Florida.