Email: avanky (at) umich (dot) edu
Orcid: 0000-0001-7951-4124

Assistant Professor
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Anthony Vanky, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College, focusing on the use of technology-based practices in city-making and urban planning. He has previously held teaching appointments at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, Anthony 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, Anthony additionally 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.

Anthony’s own research considers the use of digital data and pervasive sensing technologies in designing, planning, and evaluating urban environments, and spans the disciplines of urban design, urban technologies, innovation studies, and public health. Anthony has widely presented on 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.

Trained as an urban designer and architect, he has worked on projects across the United States, and his design work has been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Biennale, the Dutch Design Week, the Gwangju Design Biennale, and New Orleans DesCours. Anthony has also previously served in national leadership capacities on each of the five governing organizations of the architecture profession in the United States, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and as National Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Anthony also launched two non-profit youth advocacy organizations, which are still active today in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.


tl;dr: Anthony Vanky is an urbanist and researcher in data-centric processes and sensing technologies. He is currently teaching at the University of Michigan Taubman College, and previously affiliated with the Columbia University GSAPP, MIT Urban Studies and Planning, MIT designX, and the MIT Senseable City Lab. Anthony looks at data, design, and cities, and keeps busy otherwise.

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