MArch, Princeton University, 2017
PhD, Cambridge University, 2011
AB/ScB, Brown University, 2005
Ryan Roark is the 2019-21 Ventulett NEXT Fellow at Georgia Tech School of Architecture. As an architectural designer and writer, she focuses on the role of history in building design and urban planning. She was a 2017 KPF Paul Katz Fellow in London, where she studied different typologies of design interventions into old buildings and the attitudes to history they represent. Her NEXT Fellowship research and design work at Georgia Tech will continue this formal, tectonic, and historical investigation as well as examining the role augmented and mixed reality will play in the design of the 21st-century city.
Alongside teaching and design, Ryan writes about the history of historic preservation, the relationship between individual and city from the 16th century through the present, and the history of intellectual cross-pollination between microbiology and architecture. She has forthcoming book chapters on John Ruskin, London’s early modern gardens, and microbial and cellular landscape photography, as well as a forthcoming translation of the 16th-century novel La Mariane du Filomène.
Ryan has previously taught as a studio critic at Rice University and has worked at architecture firms in New York and Los Angeles, including LTL Architects and First Office. She has an MArch from Princeton University and a PhD in Oncology from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.
KPF Paul Katz Fellowship, 2017
“‘Below the Surface of These Unliving Husks’ : On the representation of boundaries, structure, and organization in 19th-century cellular biology and architecture”, Pidgin 25, Spring 2019.
“Stonehenge in the Mind and Stonehenge on the Ground: Reader, Viewer, and Object in Inigo Jones’s Stone-Heng Restored (1655)”, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 77, No. 3, September 2018.
“Spectacular solitude, city, and self in Père-Lachaise Cemetery”, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 38, No. 2, 2018.
Historic preservation, intervention, history, old buildings, reuse, augmented reality, urban planning