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Ryan Scavnicky

Ryan Scavnicky

Scottsdale, AZ, US

 

About 

Ryan Scavnicky is the founder of Extra Office. The practice investigates architecture’s relationship to contemporary culture, aesthetics, and media to seek new agencies for critical practice. He studied at L'Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and DAAP in Cincinnati for his Masters of Architecture, and received his Masters in Design Theory and Pedagogy with distinction from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Ryan currently serves as the Visiting Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture at Taliesin, an experimental graduate school located in the Arizona desert. He has previously held appointments at the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, and SCI-Arc.

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Ryan's Featured Articles on Archinect

Get F*^king Paid, Mon, Jun 17 '19

Unpaid internships are a systemic issue, not an architectural one. They are a symptom of the relationship between markets, labor, and value. Calling for an erasure of unpaid internships is calling for ethics inside a system that rewards exploitation. How can we change this? What tools do we have ...

Get F*^king Paid
 

Extra Extra: Meow Wolf Transmogrification, Sat, Jun 1 '19

“It is art, just like sci-fi and fantasy is literature” — George R.R. Martin on Meow Wolf Everyone knows that most interstellar spacecraft visiting Earth prefer landing in New Mexico. UFO’s consistently enjoy the remote landscapes, fresh cuisine, and picturesque scenery of the ...

Extra Extra: Meow Wolf Transmogrification
 

Extra Extra: Desert Dispatch, Fri, May 3 '19

Soon I will finish my appointment as the Visiting Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture at Taliesin. I thought it would be fun to share a bit of what is happening here. We are wrestling back the legacy of American modernist Frank Lloyd Wright’s radical dedication to progressive ...

Extra Extra: Desert Dispatch
 

Extra Extra: Shaving the Shawarma, Tue, Apr 16 '19

Everyone is criticizing the Vessel and I want to join in on the fun. But I have never been to the Vessel. So instead of relaying the experience I will discuss it through what I’ve learned about it on the internet: it looks like a shawarma. Let’s not talk about the Vessel itself but the digital ...

Extra Extra: Shaving the Shawarma
 

Extra Extra: A Sprinkle of Defense of the Museum of Ice Cream, Fri, Mar 29 '19

The Museum of Ice Cream kicked our ass. It beat architecture to a project for a contemporary image-conscious culture in an era of social media. This is a shame considering architecture has a long history of staging the image of social life. From the success of the grand escalier at l’Opera ...

Extra Extra: A Sprinkle of Defense of the Museum of Ice Cream
 

Extra Extra: Fake Buildings, Tue, Mar 19 '19

Architecture mustn't try to compete with the attention economy, but belong to it. So far, I have written about developing techniques to utilize time better in architectural renderings in addition to my own project of finding different ways of issuing architectural criticism. In such a temporally ...

Extra Extra: Fake Buildings
 

Extra Extra: My BIG Beef, Fri, Mar 8 '19

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: My BIG Beef
 

Extra Extra: Presentation Shmesentation, Mon, Feb 18 '19

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: Presentation Shmesentation
 

Extra Extra: I Have Been Reposted By..., Fri, Feb 1 '19

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: I Have Been Reposted By...
 

Extra Extra: Kanye, the SCI-Arc Dropout, Tue, Jan 15 '19

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: Kanye, the SCI-Arc Dropout
 

Extra Extra: #PleaseLoveTheseThings, Wed, Jan 2 '19

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: #PleaseLoveTheseThings
 

Extra Extra: L o n g I m a g e , Fri, Dec 14 '18

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: L o n g I m a g e
 

Extra Extra: Cultural Warfare, Mon, Nov 26 '18

Extra Extra won’t focus on memes but try to illustrate problems through them. To that end, the looser conditions of a column allow for visible cracks in my positions. Unanswered questions are welcomed. Criticisms formed on a mimetic hunch can be built up. Nothing here is too polished, neither is ...

Extra Extra: Cultural Warfare
 

Mutant Authorship. Agency, Capitalism and Memes., Tue, Sep 11 '18

The role of Archinect’s series Cross-Talk is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity—if there can be one. Cross-Talk attempts—if to only say ...

Mutant Authorship. Agency, Capitalism and Memes.
 

Education 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Masters, M S Design Theory and Pedagogy

Sep 2016 - Aug 2017
 

University of Cincinnati, MArch, MArch

Aug 2011 - May 2014
 

Areas of Specialization