Jillian is a Registered Architect and urban researcher investigating digital/physical infrastructures and their socio-technical relationships. She has led the design and construction of several civic projects in the New York City metropolitan region, and in Puerto Rico. Jillian founded and currently leads the Dattner Architects R+D Co-Lab, a cross-studio collaboration engaging issues that confront people and cities today, and have the potential to impact the future.
Jillian holds an MA in Theories of Urban Practice from Parsons, The New School; and a B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has guest-lectured and contributed to publications at Columbia, Pratt, RPI, and Parsons; and has volunteered as a Mentor with the ACE Mentoring Program. Jillian is also an active member of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY), where she has organized several public programs with the AIANY Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. As a writer she is focused on theory and analysis, as well as speculative and experimental fiction. Combined with her love of games and belief in the power of gaming experience, she created the blog and podcast “Worlds of Gamespace” to explore the overlaps and productive tensions between video games, architecture, and urbanism.
Jillian’s current work is involved with data justice, socio-spatial justice, and design justice. Her recent research is around cryptoeconomic geographies and inequalities.