Bryan Boyer is cofounder of the architecture and strategic design studio Dash Marshall, as well as Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture and Director of the new Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology degree at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Boyer’s professional background mixes design, technology, and government innovation. At Dash Marshall he runs the studio’s strategic design practice, working with clients such as Google, Sidewalk Labs, IKEA, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Museum of Modern Art to understand and envision the ways in which technology enables urban ways of life. Previously Boyer was cofounder of Helsinki Design Lab, a design team within the Finnish Innovation Fund and one of the first design teams working at a national level, with a focus on policy issues such as carbon reduction, education, welfare services, and economic development. He started his career in technology by designing and programming user interfaces and for a number of early stage startups.
Boyer’s publications include LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (2016), Brickstarter (2013), Helsinki Street Eats (2012), Legible Practices (2013), and In Studio: Recipes For Systemic Change (2011). During 2019-2020 Boyer was the Eliel Saarinen Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Planning 2019-2020. He serves on the board of directors for Public Policy Lab in New York City and is based in Detroit, MI. For more information on Bryan, visit his website.
Meghana Tummala is a sophomore at the University of Michigan and will be graduating in May 2023. Her career interests include architecture, graphic design, product design, animation, and more.
Anthony Vanky, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College, focusing on the use of data-centric practices in city-making and urban planning. He has previously held academic appointments at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, Vanky was a founding team member and the first academic programs manager of MIT designX, an academic accelerator dedicated to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in design, cities, and the built environment. He was also a research lead at the MIT Senseable City Lab, a multidisciplinary research group. At the Lab, Vanky also served as the Lab’s partner and outreach strategist, where he connected companies’ and governments’ interests in smart cities to the research of the Lab and MIT.
Vanky’s own research considers the use of digital data and pervasive sensing technologies to design, plan, evaluate urban environments, and spans the disciplines of urban design, urban technologies, innovation studies, and public health. Alongside his academic work, he is co-founder of Social Studies, a multidisciplinary strategic consulting and research and analytics firm that offers innovative perspectives on 21st-century cities to government, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Anthony has widely presented topics of design, technology, and urbanism, including at Harvard University, the British Government, and several dozen private and public organizations. Anthony holds prior degrees from MIT and Tulane University. For more information about Anthony, see his website.
Christian Wong is a Computer Science student at the University of Michigan, whose mind is set on making the planet a better place through technology. He has interests in sustainability and business and hopes to use his passions to develop solutions to the world’s problems such as the climate crisis and world hunger.