T.W. Ryan Architecture is a design-led practice based in Northern California and active throughout the United States.


We work with cultural, institutional, hospitality, and private clients on projects at a variety of scales, with a particular focus on arts-related commissions.


We are committed to the making of buildings that endure because they are thoughtful, human-scaled, and attuned to their natural, historical, and cultural landscapes.


Recent honors include two Record House Awards in 2020 and 2023, and inclusion in the AN Interior Top 50 firms in the US, and Wallpaper* Architects Directory, an annual global index of emerging architectural talent.


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Thomas W. Ryan, AIA, NCARB

Founder and Principal


A native of North Carolina, studied Visual Arts at NC State University (BA) and Architecture at the Architectural Association, London and NC State University (MARCH). Apprenticed in Ticino, Switzerland with Franc Sidler (2000), and worked in New York as a Designer with Richard Meier and Partners (2005-2007), and as an Associate with Christoff Finio Architecture (2007-2013). In 2013 established T.W. Ryan Architecture in Brooklyn, New York, now based in Mill Valley, California. 


Ryan is 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, Virginia Tech, NC State University, The Architectural League of New York, and Yale University. He is the recipient of the Faculty Design Prize and Henry Kamphoefner Fellowship from the NC State College of Design, and the Deborah Norden Prize from The Architectural League of New York. 


He is licensed to practice in New York #036445, Wyoming #C-3735 and California #C-39783.