Riley Triggs earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. While at Rice, he studied the intersection of spatial understanding in film and architecture in his thesis “Reel Houses of Horror: Film, Body and Architecture” in which he investigated the embodiment of human emotions in the architecture of the 1960's films Repulsion and The Haunting.
As a member of the international artist's collaborative spurse, he has worked on proposals for the Augusta Memorial Bridge in Maine, which involved grooved asphalt that produced audible speech, and he contributed spatial circulation diagrams to the spurse urban mapping exhibit at the MassMoCA show The Interventionists in 2004–05.
He is also a founding partner of Urbanoia Design Group, a design, build and research partnership unwittingly founded in 2000 in South Austin, Texas to vigorously engage critical issues surrounding the built environment in both practical and theoretical endeavors. The Group's “Lifespan” bridge entry was published in the AIDS Memorial Grove Competition book, and other architectural competition entries have been displayed in galleries including gardenLAB in Pasadena, California and at the Van Alen Institute in New York City.
Current research interests include the application of rhizomatic ordering filters suggested by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to mid-century railroad traffic flows of the Port of New York through diagrammatic visualizations as an example of the smoothing of stratified/territorialized space. He is also attempting to make use of discarded mobile phone screens as video doorbells.
In addition to courses in the Department of Art and Art History, he has also taught Design and Visual Communications courses in the School of Architecture at UT Austin.