Ben Rydal Shapiro defended his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Design as a member of the Space, Learning & Mobility Lab at Vanderbilt University. 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. Ben previously studied architecture and is committed to collaborating with others across the fields of education and design. 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 where he helped build collaborations with the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Melbourne in Australia and co-founded Vanderbilt’s Design for America Studio.