Casey Ryan

Casey Ryan

Chicago, IL, US

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I am an architectural designer currently based in the St. Louis area with roots in Chicago, New York, and Texas. I am a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where I completed my M.Arch in December 2017. During my time at Washington University, I focused my studies on understanding the urban issues plaguing cities today. My studio work has focused on social impact design, and often looks at architectural problems on an urban scale and vice versa.  I further pursued these interests as a research assistant with Patty Heyda, Professor of Urban Design, where I worked on the Forward through Ferguson grant. Most recently, I completed a fellowship through the Office of Socially Engaged Practice at Sam Fox School, redeveloping a neighborhood park in an LGBTQ neighborhood in St. Louis, the Grove. Currently, I am working with Derek Hoeferlin Design on the Chouteau Greenway international design competition. 

I studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2009-2013 earning my B.S.Arch. I spent my junior year abroad in Versailles, France where I continued my studies with specializations in hand sketching and French architecture. 

I have 2+ years of experience working in offices of various sizes and specialties. My first internship was with FGM Architects, which was a larger office of 40-50 people. I worked in the education sector on a few different projects, including a theater renovation and schematic design for a new high school. I also worked in a small office of 5-10 in Paris, France. There I worked on several renovation projects in housing, education, commercial, and retail. Before beginning my master's education, I worked for 12 months at Partners in Design architects in an office of 10 people. This experience allowed me to work intimately on a variety of different projects. I was able to gain a large amount of responsibility very quickly, and by the end of my time at Partners, I had independently completed full construction document sets. I also gained experience designing full elevations for small projects and managing the construction administration phase. 



Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, Faculty Assistant

Working alongside Jaqueline Margetts, professor of landscape architecture, to
guide students during their Design Thinking research, which prepares them for
their final thesis project.

Jan 2018 - current

Derek Hoeferlin Design, St. Louis, MO, Design Intern

Drawing & mapping design concepts for the Community Engagement group, as
part of the larger TLS Landscape Architects + Object Territories + dhd team entry.

Jan 2018 - current

PGAV Planners, St. Louis, MO, CityStudioSTL Summer Fellow

Worked with neighborhood stakeholders and local officials to design a redevelopment proposal for an underused park in the Grove neighborhood.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, Reseach Assistant

Assisted Patty Heyda, Prof. Urban Design, in her research on the Forward Through Ferguson Grant. Her project entitled “Invisible Cities” maps the disparities in “rebound neighborhoods.”

Jan 2017 - May 2017

FGM Architects, St. Louis, MO, Intern Architect

Drew construction documents, assisted in construction administration & schematic
design of various civic sector projects in the St. Louis region.

May 2016 - Dec 2016

Partners in Design Architects, Riverwoods, IL, US, Architectural Associate

Worked on projects in the healthcare, commercial, and industrial markets from
schematic design through construction administration. Handled communication
between contractors during construction administration.

Sep 2014 - Jul 2015

Archy Architects & Engineering, Paris, France, Intern Architect

Drew construction documents, assisted in schematic design, & cost analysis of
various healthcare, commercial, and residential projects in the Ile de France region.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2014

FGM Architects, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, US, Intern Architect

Assisted with completion of design and construction documents for various
projects in the PK-12 education sector.

May 2013 - Sep 2013


Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, MArch, Master of Architecture | Master of Construction Management

Aug 2015 - Dec 2017

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2013

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture a Versailles, Versailles, FR, Study Abroad Program at Versailles

Aug 2011 - May 2012


CityStudioSTL student grant award winner, Grant

This grant is awarded to one student per year to continue an academic project
with a social impact premise based in the St. Louis area. I used the money to complete a cookbook for a St. Louis neighborhood with an eclectic immigrant population.


Mary Pipken Johnson Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Scholarship


Approach Special Publication, Nomination

Two students per studio are nominated for the “Approach” publication. The annual
publication is used for marketing purposes and documents the best work at the
Sam Fox School. I was nominated for my work in 4/5 of the studios I participated in throughout graduate school.


Gargoyle Honors Society, Nomination

Gargoyle Honors Society is an invitation only architectural honors society. Members are selected based on merit and design skills.


Earl Prize, Nomination

Two students are selected from each studio each semester for outstanding work in design. I was selected for my design of a funerary chapel my senior year.


Lydia E. Bates Scholarship, Scholarship

Merit based scholarship


C. Coucell Memorial Scholarship, 1st Place

This is a merit based scholarship awarded to students entering the Versailles study abroad program at the University of Illinois. Two honorable mentions, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place scholarships are awarded. I received 1st prize.


Pillsbury Scholar, Scholarship

This is a merit based scholarship awarded each semester. I was selected for 4 semesters during my time at the University of Illinois.


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