The work of Polytechnica explores the relationship between technology and the built environment. An interdisciplinary design studio born from a background steeped in art, architecture, engineering, and economics, Polytechnica provides architectural services, design consulting, conducts research, and is developing data-based architectural and urban planning tools. Polytechnica and is led by Quang Truong and Anna Shakotko and is based in Portland, Oregon.
Quang Truong, AIA is an architect, writer, and educator. Quang spent over a decade of professional architectural practice in the offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Richard Meier, Steven Holl, Rick Joy, and Lever Architecture before co-founding Polytechnica. Quang is the author of a forthcoming book from Birkhauser tentatively titled “Advanced Materials and Technology in Architecture.” He has designed and completed museums, skyscrapers, and high-end residences, and has professionally deployed advanced materials and technologies such as FRP composites, mass timber, and aerospace-specific parametric software in architecture. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, having previously taught at Yale and been an invited critic at Columbia, Pratt, Parsons, NYIT, and NJIT. Quang received a Master’s in Architecture from Yale University, studied Art and Engineering at Dartmouth College, and is a registered architect in the states of New York and Oregon.
Anna Shakotko is an economist with over a decade of professional experience providing economic analysis in issues involving branding, consumer goods, and technology. Before co-founding Polytechnica, she spent her youth in the Ivory Coast and Kenya, received an MBA from INSEAD in Paris, France, and has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Chicago.