Ben Rydal Shapiro is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Design as a member of the Space, Learning & Mobility Lab at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education. His research and design integrates approaches from the learning and social sciences, information visualization and architecture to study how people engage and learn in relation to the physical environment and to develop new types of learning environments and experiences. His work has received awards from the computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), computer-human interaction (CHI) and Vanderbilt communities. His work has also been published in other venues including the IEEE Vis Arts Program and the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) Project. People and ideas that inspire him include: the Processing Foundation, Guy Kopsombut, the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, Design for America and LEaRN. He is originally from California and received his B.A. in Architectural Studies from Middlebury College and M.Ed. from Vanderbilt.