ADC Awards

The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now in its incredible 102nd year, these awards celebrate the very best in advertising, digital media, graphic and publication design, packaging and product design, motion, experiential and spatial design, photography, illustration and fashion design all with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship.

ADC102 Architecture / Interior / Environmental Design Jury

Ryan Swanson

Founder / Creative Director

The Urban Conga

Brooklyn, United States

Ryan Swanson is the founder / creative director of The Urban Conga, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. His practice is focused on sparking community activity and social interaction through open-ended play. The studio explores the idea of creating more “Playable Cities” as an ecosystem of multiscale playable opportunities for all demographics intertwined within our existing urban infrastructure to spark more healthy, social, and equitable spaces and places within our city fabric. To achieve this, his practice utilizes play methodologies as a critical component both within the functions of their physical work and community design processes. Ryan received his M. Arch from the University of South Florida, where he later taught as a visiting professor. Through his work, Ryan has collaborated with communities, organizations, businesses, governments, and universities worldwide, delivering permanent spatial interventions, temporary installations, workshops, lectures, development plans, and public policy recommendations.




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