The Exploratorium - Director, Studio for Public Spaces
Shawn Lani is the founding Director for the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces (SPS). The Studio for Public Spaces (SPS) is an interdisciplinary design group that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, art and informal education in support of educational equity. SPS is an R&D center dedicated to working with communities to transform public spaces into culturally productive places of inquiry and learning.
As a Principal Investigator, Mr. Lani recently completed the multi-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project Ciencia Publica, Co-Creating Public Outdoor Learning Spaces with Latino Communities. The project was a proof of concept collaboration project between the Exploratorium and the Boys and Girl’s Club. The main goal of this project is to co-develop STEM exhibits and programs in public spaces focusing on observation and culturally-grounded urban environmental sustainability within the Latino.
Mr. Lani is also an accomplished regional artist with large scale water sculptures in downtown San Francisco and pieces on permanent display in over forty national and international venues. He has participated in multiple exchanges as an artist in residence to research universities, museums, and other public service organizations.
In 2009, he was awarded a design award from the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects for his work with fellow Exploratorium artists on a monumental kinetic building façade, “Wind Wall.”