Shawn Rickenbacker

Rickenbacker is Associate Professor and Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures, City College of New York where he leads a multidisciplinary team of design researchers, professionals, industry leaders and community members who are dedicated to identifying, understanding, and solving some of the unique challenges of urbanization. Previously he was Favrot Chair of Architecture at Tulane University, Gensler Distinguished Professor at Cornell University and Lead Researcher at Futures Lab, a Motorola Solutions funded research lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Rickenbacker is a published and award-winning designer, entrepreneur and educator, in the design, technology and real estate fields. As an experienced creative and technologist, he continues to work at the convergence of urban data and physical space, leveraging their power to to inform policy and design. His work concentrates on the research, design and use of urban data to facilitate the development of more equitable and just environments that productively enhance human and social interaction and advancement. Through data fueled insights and high impact innovations, Rickenbacker seeks to contribute high value, compelling solutions to intractable problems.

Rickenbacker has emerged from a diverse geographic as well as professional background having held design positions in the U.S. and London, lecturing in Waterloo, Helsinki and Tokyo and conducting research in South Africa and Ghana. His work has been exhibited internationally and featured on Fast Company Co.Exist, CNN, The New York Times and GA Global Architecture.

Rickenbacker earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University School of Architecture and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.