Tyler Survant is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Project Director at Sharon Davis Design, a New York City-based design practice centered on institutional projects in the Global South. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at SHoP Architects in New York and in Gaborone, Botswana where he was involved in on-site Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and construction administration for the Botswana Innovation Hub, a $75 million USD tech incubator for Botswana’s Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology. Tyler is also founder of the furniture company Scratch Studio. In 2019 his furniture was featured by LaunchPad at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDesign, New York’s celebration of global design presented with Design Milk.
Concerned with the social impact of the built environment and architecture’s political potential, Tyler’s research has ranged from zoopolitics in the work of the Sixties-era countercultural practice Ant Farm to the synthesis of parametric design processes and vernacular building practices. His essays have appeared in Project Journal, ArchDaily, Horizonte, and Log. A 2015 symposium at the Goethe Institut in Kigali, Rwanda, organized with Yutaka Sho of Syracuse University, addressed land politics in Rwanda with an emphasis on affordable housing.
Tyler received a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a registered architect in the state of New York.