Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University or Virginia, earning faculty and student-selected awards for excellence in design. After graduation, he worked for two UVA Architecture School professors for six years, collaborating on the design of twelve projects at their estate, and performing all of the fabrication and construction. Upon returning to UVA for a Master of Architecture, Ryan took the opportunity to approach design and documentation purely digitally, in contrast to an analog approach as an undergraduate. He was awarded for the highest academic achievement in his graduate class. This combination of hands-on drafting, modeling, metal and wood fabrication experience, coupled with digital design tools has shaped his approach to detailing and creating compelling spaces.
Upon receiving his graduate degree, Ryan moved to San Francisco to work at Lundberg Design—a design firm with a full metal and wood fabrication shop. There, he worked in both the shop and the design studio, fabricating and installing a number of building elements and furniture, while also managing a range of design projects, including wineries, city bus shelters and ticket kiosks, restaurants, a brewery, residences, offices, and commercial spaces. Before joining Arch11, Ryan worked for Aidlin Darling Design in San Francisco, designing and managing two houses in Napa, an art gallery, restaurants (including In Situ at SFMOMA), and a building on a corporate campus.
A Montana native, Ryan joined Arch11 and is excited to be back in the Rocky Mountains. He enjoys landscape and architectural photography, and his photos have been featured in a number of design publications. As a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, he is fascinated with exploring the connections between architecture and music. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors—snowboarding, hiking, and cycling.