March Design Lecture 2024


When do you stop calling something “architecture”? Join Ryan Gann, AIA as he shares the stories behind recent projects: an exhibit that explores the physical and social impacts of urban tree canopies, the role of monuments in contemporary storytelling, and building trust through community co-creation. Are the edges of practice moving?

Ryan Gann, AIA, NOMA is an Architect and Design Strategist; helping clients become better versions of themselves through design, culture, and prosperity. This work expands beyond architecture and often sits at the intersection of engagement and facilitation, elevating community-centered voices through the built environment.

His professional portfolio ranges in scale from business plans to master plans and visions statements to visionary buildings. Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, Ryan has worked with clients like the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, City of Rogers Arkansas, Google, artist Amanda Williams, WSA, Ross Barney Architects, McDonald’s, and IDEO.

At the core of Ryan’s passion is a partnership between design and service. He most recently served on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors and was chair of the AIA’s Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee. Through this work Ryan has become a leading voice in advancing the profession of architecture toward a more just, inclusive, and resilient future.

Ryan is the recipient of the AIA Associates Award, Schiff Foundation Fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago, and was the inaugural Architect-in-Residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.

This is a hybrid lecture with in person and online options available.  Lunch will be provided for in person attendees.

March 21, 2024
12-1 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Sponsors: Free
Non-Members: $20

Register here.

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