Thomas W. Ryan, AIA, NCARB
Founder and Principal
Prior to founding TWRA, Tommy Ryan was a Designer at Richard Meier & Partners, and an Associate at Christoff Finio Architecture in New York. While there, he led award-winning projects for institutions such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Socrates Sculpture Center, The Brooklyn Historical Society and The Philadelphia Art Museum in addition to completing a number of private residential commissions.
A registered Architect in New York State, Ryan studied at the Architectural Association in London and received his Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Master of Architecture from the College of Design at North Carolina State University. There, he was co-editor of The Student Publication and was awarded the Faculty Design Prize and Henry Kamphoefner Fellowship for highest graduate achievement.
Ryan is a recipient of the Deborah Norden Prize from The Architectural League of New York, and a Design Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has been an invited juror at the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, N.C. State University, The Architectural League of New York, and Yale University.
Work of the Practice has been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue, Art Forum, Art News, The SF Chronicle, Cultured and Monocle among others.
T.W. Ryan Architecture is a design-led studio based in San Francisco and New York. The practice works on cultural, residential and commercial projects at a variety of scales, with a particular focus on arts related commissions.
Our interests lie in an architecture that is self-evident, aware of its history and autonomy. We are excited by the elemental beginnings of architecture and the exchange of fundamental questions and ideas across generations.
We embrace an economy of means and clarity of concept, seeking innovation through a distortion of the familiar. Our work speaks a contemporary language without rhetoric, pursuing apposite strategies rather than styles. We believe in the meaningful making of spaces, and that only when the client and context are thoughtfully and critically engaged, can the project find true success.
We acknowledge that architecture is conditional and that a tolerance for time, weathering and change is fundamental for any project to have a lasting impact. We engage with construction and craft as essential means to establish presence and shape experience, embracing both technology and tradition as equally valid tools to employ in this pursuit.
Ultimately, we believe in the power of architecture to alter the lives of people and places they inhabit.