Ryan Swanson

Creative Director
The Urban Conga

Ryan Swanson is a designer, lecturer, and founder / creative director of The Urban Conga, an international award-winning multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Ryan’s work is focused on exploring the idea of a “Playable City” as an ecosystem of multiscale playable opportunities intertwined within the existing urban infrastructure. His work investigates how these often once overlooked or underutilized situations can turn into inclusive, stimulating creative outlets sparking creativity, exploration, and free-choice learning within the built environment. Through this work, Ryan has collaborated with communities, organizations, businesses, governments, and universities worldwide, delivering permanent public installations, pop-up playable interventions, workshops, lectures, development plans, and public policy recommendations. The Urban Conga was recently named one of the 2021 Architizer A+Firms of the Year and 2020 ArchDaily Best Young Practices.

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