Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan is a licensed architect with more than 20 years of experience in the profession of architecture. He is senior associate at 3six0 Architecture and—since joining the firm in 2000—has been project architect and designer for more than 20 of the firm’s completed projects. He specializes in transforming abstract design ideas into built form through the development of construction/fabrication methods and architectural detailing. His projects with 3six0 Architecture have been awarded by chapters of the American Institute of Architects more than a dozen times and featured in numerous publications and books, including Architectural Record and Dwell.

Ryan maintains his own independent architectural practice with projects throughout New England and abroad. His design approach embraces the specific limits and conditions unique to each project as the starting point of design exploration. Projects range from the repurposing of large historic structures to the design/fabrication of architectural installations. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ryan led the design, approval and construction oversight of 144 transitional classrooms. The classroom design was the first to receive approval from the Haitian Ministry of Education, and it was adopted by UNESCO as a model classroom design. It was also featured in Architectural Record as part of its “Schools of the 21st Century” series.

Ryan has been adjunct faculty at RISD since 2003, teaching Design Principles, Advanced Architectural Design Studio, Architectural Representation and Analysis. He has also taught Advanced and Graduate Level Design Studio at Roger Williams University, with recent design studios focusing on the creative potential of construction systems and materials in generating architecture. Making is the primary means of exploration in his design studios, through drawing, modeling, material explorations and full-sized mockups. This iterative process of making is the means through which thoughts, discoveries and ideas are transformed into the realm of the physical and measurable.

Ryan received his BArch from RISD and graduated with honors. He was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Silver Medal for Excellence in Design and was a recipient of the X Large Grant for multidisciplinary study in design. Ryan was named Emerging Architect in 2010 by American Institute of Architects – Rhode Island.

  • BARC, Rhode Island School of Design
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


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