Ryan Swanson

Executive Director
The Urban Conga

Ryan is a creator, designer, place maker and the Founder / CEO of The Urban Conga, a multidisciplinary design firm that promotes community activity and social interaction through play. They achieve this by creating interactive installations and environments that spark creativity, exploration, and free-choice learning into a variety of spaces. The work ranges from their playable products such as musical public park benches, public ping pong tables, sound sculptures, touch sensor murals to custom immersive environments for both public and private clients. Their work has achieved a multitude of international design awards and publications.

Along with running The Urban Conga, Ryan is also a visiting professor at The University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design. Where he is working with students on exploring the importance of different scaled interventions within the urban infastructure. He also was selected by The British Council as a part of fifteen exceptional Creative Producers from all over the world, encouraging a new kind of conversation with creative communities, citizens and city authorities.

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