Ryan Donaghy, AIA

Ryan Donaghy, AIA

Brooklyn, NY, US



Ryan grew up drawing and running cross country in rural West Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, where he graduated with High Honors and a focus in structural analysis and design.

Ryan received a Master of Architecture from Taubman College at The University of Michigan, graduating with distinction in 2011. While at Michigan, he taught architectural structures courses for undergraduate and graduate students, participated in summer travel studios to the Netherlands and Taiwan, and was awarded a Graduate Thesis Prize for the project "Co-Opting the Cloud: An Architectural Hack of Data Infrastructure."

Ryan has performed competition and schematic design work for Leeser Architecture and HWKN in New York, prior to his current position as a project engineer in facade design at SHoP Construction. His current design interests pertain to digital and modular fabrication, the hybridization of social space and utilitarian infrastructure, and the potential architectural overlaps between invasive computing technologies and the physical environment.



SHoP Architects, New York, NY, US, Associate, Enclosure Design

Feb 2015 - current

SHoP Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Engineer

Jun 2012 - Jan 2015

HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Assisted in the development of the winning competition proposal for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Prepared digital models, sourced materials, and coordinated a team for the assembly of two physical presentation models.

Jan 2012 - May 2012

LEESER ARCHITECTURE, Brooklyn, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Worked with a small team on the development of the runner-up design proposal for the renovation of the Moscow Polytechnic Museum in an invited international competition. Performed preliminary and schematic design work for two small scale projects in New York.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Prepared and taught recitation sections, prepared and graded exams, and supervised and evaluated group projects for graduate and undergraduate students in architectural structures courses.

Jan 2009 - Apr 2011

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, US, Structural Engineering Research Assistant

Assisted in the construction and instrumentation of reinforced, high-strength concrete shear walls for simulated seismic testing. Used AutoCAD to produce construction drawings and digital models of test walls. Wrote generalized functions in MatLAB for numerical and graphical analysis of test data.

May 2007 - Sep 2007


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Jun 2008 - Apr 2011

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, US, Bachelors, Civil Engineering

Sep 2004 - May 2008


Graduate Thesis Prize, Award


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