Cyrus Peñarroyo is a Filipino-American designer and educator whose work examines the urbanity of the Internet: how networked technologies shape urbanization and how media spheres influence built environments. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he was the William Muschenheim Fellow in 2015–16. He was a Visiting Critic at Syracuse University in 2020 and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University, and Princeton University. Peñarroyo was awarded a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2022–24, ACSA Faculty Design Awards in 2019 and 2020, and the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers in 2019, among other honors. His work has been exhibited in international venues, including the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture in Shenzhen, The Parsons School of Design in New York, and Materials & Applications in Los Angeles. Peñarroyo’s book Shaped Places of Carroll County New Hampshire, co-authored with McLain Clutter, was published by ORO Editions in 2022.
Peñarroyo received a B.S. in Architecture Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.Arch from Princeton University. Before Taubman College, he worked at LTL Architects and Office for Metropolitan Architecture in New York and Bureau Spectacular in Chicago. He was Project Lead on Manual of Section, published by Princeton Architectural Press and Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook, published by ORO Editions. He is a partner in the Ann Arbor-based design practice EXTENTS, with McLain Clutter.
Photograph by Tommy Kha