The work of Polytechnica is animated by the question: how can art and technology help make better environments? Polytechnica is an interdisciplinary design studio born from a background steeped in art, architecture, engineering, and economics. Polytechnica is led by Quang Truong and Anna Shakotko and is based in Portland, Oregon.

Quang Truong, AIA spent over a decade of professional architectural practice in the offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Richard Meier, Steven Holl, and Rick Joy before co-founding Polytechnica. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University. Quang was born in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Indonesia, studied Art and Engineering at Dartmouth College, received a Master’s in Architecture from Yale University, 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.