Anthony Vanky, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has previously held appointments in urban planning and technology at the University of Michigan and urban design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Trained as an architect (Tulane University), urban designer (MIT, S.M.), and urban planner (MIT, Ph.D.), he focuses on inclusive, technology-based practices in urban planning and design. Vanky’s research considers the use of digital data, urban technologies, and human-computer interactions in designing, planning, and evaluating urban environments and spans the disciplines of urban design, urban technologies, computational social science, innovation studies, and public health.
Vanky has experience building innovative practices within the university, having helped shape the urban technology degree at the University of Michigan and developed MIT designX, an academic accelerator dedicated to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in design, cities, and the built environment, as its first academic program manager. He was also a research lead at the MIT Senseable City Lab, a multidisciplinary research group. He bridged the lab’s engagement with industry and the public as the Lab’s partner and outreach strategist.
Vanky has consulted and widely presented on topics of design, technology, and urbanism, including at Harvard University, the British Government, and several dozen private and public organizations worldwide. His design work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Dutch Design Week, the Detroit Month of Design, New Orleans DesCours, and the Gwangju Design Biennial, among others.