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Lori Ryker

Lori Ryker

Bozeman, MT, US

 

About 

...As I see it, because of the flux in our cultural perspective, architects have the opportunity to both reclaim their role as creators of culture (and what this means in all of its fullness) to expand our role as leaders and teachers of a better way to live on Earth.

 

Primarily what designers do is provide physical context and reality to an ideology. We make tangible the ideas for inhabiting Earth. If we use our gifts and training to evolve into a better way of belonging to the Earth, we will make real this way of thinking into a living reality. In order to achieve this cultural transformation the way we approach, conceive and develop our environments must be radically different. We must begin to think of ourselves as not primarily in service to economic development and speculative commerce, not limited to a fixed set of conditions. It is from the perspective of this challenge that I have been thinking of the 4 concepts : poetic cosmos, ecological deep well being, dwelling in place, and ritual and myth.

These interrelated concepts have as much to do with living on Earth as they do design practice. They help us recognize the need to be responsive to the place we live in and the people, animals and plants who share these places with us, that remind us that we are more than the jobs we have, or the wealth that we may command, that our lives do not end at our own limits and our sense of being extends into a world that we may never understand in completely rational terms.

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Education 

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, PhD, Philosophy Subject: Architecture

Jan 1997 - Dec 2000
 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Jan 1989 - Dec 1991
 

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, BArch, Environmental Design

Jan 1980 - Dec 1985
 

Awards 

Professional-in-Residence/Marie M. Bickham Endowed Chair Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture - Louisiana State University, Other

2011
 

National Endowment for the Arts, Grant

2010
 

Artist Innovation Award, State of Montana, Montana Arts Council, Award

2009
 

Merit Award, On the Boards, Wapiti Valley Residence, Residential Architect, (Ryker/Nave Design), Award

2007
 

House of the Year, Organic Style, (Ryker/Nave Design), Award

2005
 

Silver Medal for Professional Practice, Tau Sigma Delta Society, MSU Chapter, 2nd Place

2004
 

Graham Foundation Grant, Co-Recipient with Brett Nave, Grant

2000
 

Tau Sigma Delta Society, Other

1996
 

AIAS National Educator Honor Award, Nominee, Auburn University, Nomination

1994
 

Alpha Rho Chi Award, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Award

1991
 

S.O.M. Traveling Fellowship, Nominee, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Nomination

1990
 

Outstanding Senior, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, Award

1985
 

Outstanding Sophomore, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, Award

1983
 

Areas of Specialization 



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