Jonny Ryley

Jonny Ryley

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I am a multidisciplinary architectural designer based in Brooklyn, NY, with a love for reaching people at an individual level in the built world. I received a First Class degree with Honours in Architecture from the University of Nottingham in the UK, after which I spent a year working at COOKFOX Architects in New York City. I then returned to the U.K to complete my Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, where I was nominated for the best film/ model/animation award in my final year, and internally nominated for the RIBA prize. I am now based in the US and have full work authorization. 

As a designer, I have experience of many different areas of design, having become familiar with a vast range of mediums in my 7 years of architectural education, and also posses a wide skill set not limited to real-time rendering, 3d design, photography and graphic design. My aim as a designer is to design spaces, objects, or experiences that positively affect and benefit the human at an individual scale, using the skills I have learnt to approach the design of ‘space’ from many different angles. 

I would love to join your team, and I am a fast learner, contagiously positive and hard working. Please get in touch with me if you have any further questions or concerns. 



COOKFOX, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern / Junior Designer

I joined COOKFOX for 1 year after completing my BArch in Architecture. I was fortunate enough to work on a large variety of projects during my year there, and hone a lot of different skills. This ranged from making physical models (including design development and final presentation models), to completing interior and exterior renders, contributing to construction documents, as well as assisting on site visits.

Sep 2017 - Sep 2018


Royal College of Art, London, GB, MArch, Architecture

My time at the RCA was spent in two different design studios - ADS3 and ADS5.

With ADS3, I explored a research-led project that investigated the UK’s Hostile Environment Policy and it’s existence in the physical tangible world, as well as on paper. The project looked at creating a system that would act as a legal trojan horse to help Asylum Seekers stuck in limbo due to the Hostile Environment Policy find work and community, whilst simultaneously enabling the rebuilding of a once hostile architecture, the Martello Towers, that line the South East coast of England.

In my final year with ADS5, I completed a design and intuition-led thesis project, 'The Urban Monastery', exploring the question "what creates a space of stillness and contemplation". I tackled the project in reverse to how traditional design is completed, first designing a building, and then designing a programme. The reason for this was to allow for adaptable and generic spaces to be created for a more useful building lifetime, as well as allowing more time to focus on the design stage to make sure each detail is thought out before becoming distracted by the programme requirements. I was nominated for best film/animation for my final presentation, that was in the form of a meditative journey through the space created in Unreal Engine.

Sep 2018 - Jul 2020

University of Nottingham, Nottingham, BArch, Architecture

My BArch was a well rounded experience, where I felt I found my purpose! I was nominated for portfolio of the year in my first year, and graduated with First Class with Honours.

Sep 2014 - Jul 2017

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