The design profession has captivated Ryan since he was a child. As early as he could
hold a pencil, he would diligently sketch every detail of his family’s home in his mind’s
eye. Ryan’s ability to analyze a space and decide its full potential is a talent stemming
from this early exposure to creative thinking, which he cultivates through a career in both
the design and real estate spheres.
For Ryan, capturing the essence of how people live and understanding the requisite
design techniques, aesthetics, and strategies of how to improve upon one’s quality of life
through design is a life-long obsession. He feels it is the job of a designer to expose a
client to a myriad of new and interesting possibilities for their space so clients feel
engaged and empowered by their design selections, not just content for meeting the status
quo. He often views himself as a “design intuitive” seeing the beauty of what could be in
the otherwise banal of what is.
Throughout his career Ryan consistently advocates for sustainable or sustainably sourced
materiality and responsible construction. He prides himself on the integrity of not only
the aesthetics of a design but also its quality. It is a belief of Ryan’s that great design can
be achieved by everyone and within any budget.
Ryan’s proudest moment as a designer thus far has been having the opportunity to design
a space in the 2017 D.C. Design House to benefit Children’s National Health System. As
lead designer and project manager for his firm, he was responsible for the project from
inception to fruition.
When he’s not designing for clients, you can find him at one of his favorite Virginia
wineries with his dog Bentley at his side, or teaching himself a new language. Ryan is
fluent in French and is studying Italian and German.
- Bachelor’s degree in Architectural History with a minor in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture