Douglas Fanning graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and has worked at several high profile architecture firms in New York City. He has taught for fifteen years at schools such as Rhode Island School of Design, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts and Parsons School of Design. He is an architect with a penchant for unusual projects as well as an accomplished furniture and lighting designer.

Douglas' journey has been a series of personal desires and roads less traveled. His studio DYAD is his architectural dream; a mixture of design and artist collaborations with architecture at its center. He is as comfortable with large projects as he is with small details and treats both with tireless passion. As for his furniture side he describes his designs "as acts of small architectural challenges". His pieces are studies in architectural ideas and materials, be it a keystone-like joint for two pieces of wood, a cantilevered glass, a skeletal frame or a folded skin. In 2001 he showed six of these designs at New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The response to these new works was immediate. Within a year Troy Halterman of TROY New York, the leading furniture venue in New York City for modern and contemporary furniture selected many of Douglas' pieces and commissioned more for his SoHo store. In the years that followed he introduced with a tubular light prototype and a fluid sculptural table he calls 'Ori' which created such an impact that Metropolis Magazine covered it in their 'In-Production', a coveted section in their issue for new and significant work. He is the recipient of many design awards including the IDNF traveling prize to Japan and Interior Design's Best of Year 2009 Merit Award.

The last decade has seen Douglas continue to create novel designs in architecture, furniture and lighting. Over the years his studio has become distinguished for its minimal modern aesthetic and exceptional craft. Companies as well known as Saks Fifth Avenue, Diesel Jeans, W Hotels, Theory, BpC Worldwide and long list of private clients have all turned to his studio to create their visions. With new and larger projects on the boards, a restaurant on Madison Avenue, a retail concept and the new Wunderbar at the W Montreal, DYAD studio is growing. He is a self-taught welder and his office, situated in a small garage in the industrial neighborhood of Red Hook Brooklyn, houses his architecture studio above and his metal shop below. Entering his office one feels a sense of experiment with heavy steel-shaping machines, raw materials, prototypes in progress and clients' projects all spread throughout the space. His studio is both a place for inventing and a shop for manufacturing.

What separates DYAD from other offices is Douglas' experience as an architect and a manufacturer. He is an accomplished designer who imbues his architectural and construction roots into all of the things he creates. The breadth of ideas, materials and techniques shows the extent to which he challenges himself and tests his imagination.

"My last ten years of building this studio has given me a deeper understanding of my ideas that would not have been conceivable without such a journey. Being an architect and having skills in the world of fabrication I feel stronger as a designer and my ideas are much richer. My contacts and peers in local manufacturing and fabrication bring me a personal design experience grown out of craft studios in Brooklyn. As my studio follows its natural path toward larger architectural commissions, I hope to bring all of these experiences and contacts to my clients. I am grateful for numerous patrons along the way, whom without their support, this would not have been possible. I thank all of them. My studio is immensely fulfilling; it has become a place where ideas, design and fabrication are married in the way I dreamed of as a student."

Being a client you will join his path to new ideas and inspirations.


Metropolis Magazine, New York, NY
Next Generation Competition, Designed, Constructed and Installed Metropolis' Booth for the ICFF, 2003.

Wally Cardona Quartet, New York, NY
Environment in Aluminum and Light. Premiered at Jacobs Pillow Mass, July 2002 and NYC Feb, 2003.

Parsons School of Design, New York NY
Year-End Senior Exhibition for Product and Furniture Design Department. May 2000



1991-1994 -- Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, New York NY
Master of Architecture; Received Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize for Excellence in Design.

1985-1990 -- University of Maryland, School of Architecture, College Park MD
Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Professional Experience

2001-CurrentDYADstudio -- New York NY
Architect, designer and fabricator. DYAD is a workshop. Working with clients on projects that include residential and commercial architecture, store and exhibit design, installations, furniture and product design.

2001 -- Kramer, New York NY
Designer. Worked on concepts and displays for Donna Karan Collections store on Madison Avenue.

2000MAC Cosmetics --  New York NY
Senior Store designer. Worked with MAC Visual implementing MAC's brand identity for all international stores.

1999Gensler --  New York NY
Freelance Designer. Worked under various studio VP's on large scale office interiors and retail projects.

1998 -- Emilio Ambasz & Associates, New York NY
Designer. Worked in small group on design and drawings for Nuova Yardinia Resort and Spa, Italy.

1997 -- Studio Sofield, New York NY
Designer. Worked with team on design and presentation of casework, furniture and displays for Gucci’s new store brand.

1996 -- Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York NY
Designer. Worked with project director and other staff on drawings, presentations and details for new exhibits.

1994-1996 -- Peter Moore & Associates, New York NY
Designed high-end residential apartments and lofts. Prepared project drawings and oversaw construction.

Teaching Experience

1995-Present -- Parsons School of Design- Architecture, Interior & Lighting Design, New York, NY

2007 -- Rhode Island School of Design- School of Architecture, Providence, RI

2006 -- The University of Pennsylvania- Graduate School of Architecture, Philadelphia, PA

2003-2006 -- The University of the Arts- Master Industrial Design Department, Philadelphia, PA

2004-2005 -- Columbia University- Graduate School of Architecture, New York, NY

2001-2002 -- Parsons School of Design- Furniture and Product Design, New York, NY

2001 -- Altos de Chavon- Summer Design Program, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


2009 -- Best of Year 2009 Merit Award; Interior Design Magazine.

2008 -- Issued United States Patent for Lightpole Module 29/225,082.

2008 -- Designs selected for Lark Books 2009 publication 500 Tables (2 entries).

2005 -- Nominated for the German International Design Award 2006.

2004 -- Good Design Award; The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

2004 -- Traveling Prize- Japan Gifu Prefecture/IDNF Design Prize. Artist-in-Residency

2004 -- Biennale Internationale Design 2004, Saint-Etienne France. Two Awards for United States.

2004 -- Keynote Speaker NeoCon East sponsored by Metropolis Magazine and Herman Miller.

2003 -- Metropolis Magazine; 'Design Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation'.

2003 -- Interior Design Magazine; Future Furniture Design Award.

1994 -- Lucille Smyser Memorial Prize for Design Excellence from Columbia University.



Furniture Society

Furniture New York

Brooklyn Designs / Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


Press and Publications

Women's Wear Daily - Sept. 6, 2011 “Saks Unveils Wear Now Floor”

Interior Design Magazine - Mar. 2011 “One Plus One Equals More”

Hospitality Design - Mar. 2011 “Millesime - New York”

boutique DESIGN - Mar./Apr. 2011 “Boutique Buzz”

New York Magazine - Oct. 2009 Was/Is “The Pastoral Porch”

Interior Design - Oct. 2009 Market “Notable Furniture”

Interior Design - May 2007 Market “Notable Furniture”

Surface - August 2006 “Light staffs selected for photo shoot - “High Definition”

New York Times - May 2006 Creative Brooklynite “Light Staffs”

FRAME - April 2005 Shops and Showrooms “Product; Slide Table”

Interior Design - June 2004 The Fashion Issue “Lighting”

Azure - November 2003 Hot Hotels “Creative Display”

Interior Design - November 2003 On The Edge “Breaking the Rules-Private Residence”

Metropolis - October 2003 Architects Pollute “Next Generation Design Entrepreneurs”

Wallpaper - October 2003 Gym and Tonics “Going West, Troy Moves to Chelsea”

Surface - October 2003 USA 2Day “Surveillance Design, Just Sublime”

Hospitality Design - August 2003 Editors Choice Best and the Brightest “Designer Profile”

The New York Sun- March 2003 “Architect Gets a Seat at the Table”