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Daniel J. Silver

Co-Founder & CEO

Daniel Silver is an Architect, Urbanist, Technologist, and Entrepreneur.  He has lectured in Europe, America, and Asia on Urban Design, Blockchain, Cyber Physical Systems, Parametric Design, Applied Topology, and Building Information Modelling.   He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and a regular juror at Columbia, Harvard, and Cornell. 

 

Mr. Silver received his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design and Art History from Columbia University and Vassar College. At Rice University, he was awarded the Eloise Ellery Thesis Prize for his application of biological mechanics to architectural design.  Upon graduation he patented a truss system for hyperbolic structures and applied his technical skills to resolve building envelope geometries and construction details for the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg, the U.S. Air Force Memorial, and the EDF Tower at La Defense. 

 

Shortly after receiving his professional licensing, Daniel founded Silver Architecture, an urban design office focused on community centric, sustainable solutions worldwide.  In 2017, he launched Citispire with fellow architect Kenny Liu.  It is a multi-disciplinary consortium bridging technology, design, and science to create more responsive and responsible built environments.  Citispire leverages blockchain enterprises and special purpose vehicles to build global communities founded on platform economies.  

 

Daniel was raised in Columbia, Maryland, the first planned city in the United States designed to be socially progressive, commercially vital, environmentally sustainable, and politically autonomous.  These humanistic planning principles continue to anchor his work.

Kenny is an architect, humanist, and futurist with 17 years of experience in fields covering design, technology, and the built environment. Since graduating from Cornell University in 2000 with an Architecture degree, he has designed and spearheaded numerous international award-winning design projects, large-scale developments, and technology investments across Asia and the USA. 

As an effort to bridge humanistic technology with the built environment, he and Daniel Silver founded Citispire as cross-disciplinary companies in diversified design, real estate, investment, and technology headquartered in the US and China. Citispire is an expanded practice for global ecologic reclamation that relies on the world’s brightest minds and most effective technology.

Citispire facilitates the convergence of devices, data, and AI with the built environment to provide for comprehensive sustainability through increasingly conscious environments.

Kenny’s inherent passion for design, technology, and innovation has led him to pursue additional coursework from MIT and his Masters of Science in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology from Hong Kong Poly. He is proactively building a promising urban smart future that is empathetic, sustainable and community-driven. 

He loves to share his enthusiasm for a bright future with the community through teaching, lectures, and forums. He was honored to have been a guest lecturer at ULI, TED, China Green Building Council, Yunnan University, and Tsinghua University.

He is a USA Registered Architect with LEED Certification and long-time member of the American Institute of Architects.

Kenny Liu

Co-Founder & President

Saad Alayyoubi

Director of Digital Design 

Saad is a Renaissance man - architect, digital artist, UI & UX designer, and businessman.  He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Pratt Institute, Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business. 

Saad's work has been featured in CG Society, Zbrush Central, Architectural Association of NYC, among others. He has lectured at various design conferences most recently including Silicon Valley Virtual Reality, the Design Gurus Summit, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.

At Citispire, Saad provides direction for projects involving UI development, augmented environments, or virtual reality.

Dragana is a thoughtful and thorough design director.  In practice she privileges indigenous ecology, cultural context, morphological systems, and conceptual narratives.

 

She is a Registered Landscape Architect and Architect in New York State.  She received her Masters of Architecture Degree from Columbia University and her B.A. in Architecture from the  College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley.

 

She is actively engaged in education and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and participates regularly as a design juror at Columbia University, Cornell, UPenn, NY City College, UC Berkeley, SCI-Arc, Parsons New School, NJIT, RPI, and Yale University.

 

Dragana Zoric

Director of Landscape Design