William Chyr

William Chyr
Lecturer in Media Arts and Design


William Chyr is an independent artist and video game developer whose work combines mathematical and scientific concepts with playful design. He is the Creative Director of William Chyr Studio and the designer of Manifold Garden, a first-person exploration puzzle game that reimagines physics and architecture in a world of impossible geometry. Originally released in 2019, Manifold Garden was nominated for Best Debut at the BAFTA Game Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards. It has since been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, VGA Gallery, and the Design Museum in London. 

Before his foray into game development, Chyr created large-scale balloon installations inspired by nature. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in Physics and Economics and serves as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. He is currently working on a new game with his studio.


  • Videogame Level Design (Winter 2023; MAAD 14350)