Ryan Roark

Ventulett NEXT Generation Visiting Fellow 2019-2021


M.Arch, Princeton University, 2017
Ph.D., Cambridge University, 2011
AB/ScB, Brown University, 2005


Historic preservation, intervention, history, old buildings, reuse, augmented reality, urban planning


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 in 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 M.Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Oncology from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

KPF Paul Katz Fellowship, 2017

"The Aftermath of the Human: Forays into Colonial Landscape Painting, Luminism, and Cell Biology" in LIFE FORMS: Essays on the Display, Synthesis and Simulation of Life and Artwork of Andreas Greiner, ed. Carson Chan ( Snoeck Publishing Company, 2020).

"London’s Early Modern Gardens and the Performance of Solitude", Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue 29: Door-Bolts, Thresholds, And Peep-Holes: Liminality And Domestic Spaces In Early Modern England (2020).

“‘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.