SMArchS, Urbanism :: Massachusets Institute of Technology, 2019 
M.Arch :: Rhode Island School of Design, 2015
B.F.A., B.S. :: Towson University, 2012
Rio is a graphic and architectural designer and thinker from Amherst, Massachusetts, currently studying Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before MIT, Rio was an AICAD teaching-fellow positioned at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught graphic design, architectural design, and foundation studio courses. During his tenure at MICA, Rio's research focused class and racial exploitation embedded in mobile network technologies. His current research(in partnership with Aaron Tobey, YSOA) investigates the relationship between data analysis and urban planning to produce new forms of subaltern or "blackened" citizenship. Their recent work, Bias By Design, was presented at the "Architecture, Natures & Data: The Politics of Environments" conference in Estonia. Rio obtained his Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and his Bachelor of Science in philosophy and Bachelor of Fine Art in graphic design from Towson University.

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With extensive experience in creating visual concepts, both digitally and by hand, I specialize in editorial design, information and data visualization, publication design, and branding. My work emphasizes the social responsibility of designers in the media and aesthetic spaces. I am interested in working with data big and small to raise awareness around unconcious bias.

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Architectural Design

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I believe a teacher is responsible in preparing students to live as capable and informed citizens, who strive for a pluralistic society. An arts education should provide students with a desire for critical thinking and the motivation to produce works, in any medium, that reflect their sensitivity to an increasingly diverse,
global, and technological environment. To encounter these challenges, students in the arts must also develop an appreciation for the liberal arts and humanities. Students who understand the complexities of their discipline and the complexities of others disciplines furnish crucial analytical tools that lead
to life-long learning. Within this teaching philosophy, students often understand there is never one correct answer, but many approaches to social, political,
and ethical issues.

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