Chris Ryan


Chris Ryan works as a designer living in Boston. After growing up in New England, he moved to Colorado, where he earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvd) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, he worked designing rock climbing facilities around the country, as well as executing several private architectural commissions.

Moving back east for graduate school, Chris received his MArch from the Harvard GSD. In addition to working on private commissions and self-initiated projects through his own design studio (, and teaching at Northeastern, he is the Chief Development Officer for Brooklyn Boulders, working on a variety of rock climbing facilities.

His work focuses on the relationship of digital and analog practice; from imaging and model making to fabrication and construction, in an effort to direct the relationship of structure and materiality to space and form. He has placed in national and international competitions, and his work has been displayed online, as well as in galleries and museums in New York and Boston. When not working, he can be found climbing, surfing, skiing, and traveling with friends and family.

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Architectural Communication
  • Housing and Aggregation
  • Urban Institutions
  • Project Case Studies 1 + 2
  • Master’s Research Studio


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