Quilian Riano, part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design’s School of Design Strategies, is one of the winners of the 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Design. These annual awards honor outstanding contributions of foreign-born scientists and artists living and working in the United States.
Riano, a Colombian-born architect and designer, won the Vilcek Prize in recognition of the unique ways his work uses the tools of design to address today’s pressing social issues. One of his most notable works is the La Prusia project, with artist Teddy Cruz. It involved creating a centralized master plan for the under-resourced Nicaraguan community La Prusia Grenada. Quoted on the Vilcek Prize’s website, Riano says the project taught him “how participation can go beyond a token action during design and become an integral part of a flexible design that changes over time.”
Riano has exhibited his work at influential institutions around the world, including the Venice Biennale, Parsons, and Harvard.. He currently operates collaborative design/research studio DSGN AGNC in addition to teaching at Parsons.