Quilian Riano is the Assistant Dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, working across the school’s architecture, landscape, and planning programs to develop and manage programmatic and pedagogical projects. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), where he provided strategy and design coordination for the CUDC’s urban design, applied research, publication and academic activities. Quilian has worked in and with public institutions, such as New York City’s Department of Design and Construction as a lead design strategist and the National Park Service as an urban design consultant. Quilian is also the founder and lead designer of DSGN AGNC, a design studio exploring new forms of political design, processes and engagements through architecture, urbanism, landscapes and art. Quilian is an initiator and core member of Dark Matter University.