Ryan Donaghy, AIA

Ryan Donaghy, AIA

Brooklyn, NY, US



Donaghy is a registered architect practicing at SHoP Architects in New York. He has led the design and execution of custom high performance building enclosures for many high profile, large scale projects, including commercial and residential towers in New York, Detroit, and Sydney, and the global corporate headquarters for Uber in San Francisco. 

Donaghy holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in structural engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan where he graduated with distinction and thesis honors. An educational background in both structural engineering and architecture lends him a unique perspective for collaboration and the generation of integrated design solutions.

He has taught as an assistant visiting lecturer at Princeton University, as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, and has participated as an invited design critic for architectural studios at various other universities including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.



DRYY Studio, Brooklyn, NY, US, Co-Founder, Principal Architect

Mar 2019 - current

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP)

Sep 2018 - current

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

Registered Architect and mentor leading the design of high performance, custom building enclosures.

55 Pitt Street : Managed a team executing all aspects of facade design for a high-end office tower in Sydney, Australia, including coordination with the Sydney based client and consultants and outreach to potential sub-contractors and material suppliers. The project’s facade includes several innovative and ambitious features such as custom bifold operable windows for mixed mode spaces, a long-span cable mullion glass wall at the entry lobby, and ram-pressed curved terra-cotta sunshades.

Hudson’s Site Detroit : Managed two teams executing the design, documentation, and coordination of the enclosures for two flagship high rise buildings with office, event, hotel, and residential spaces from schematic design through construction.

Uber HQ : Led design and coordination of all building enclosure systems for the 423,000 square foot office complex from Design Development through construction. Coordinated enclosure performance criteria, developed system design and details for bid, and worked closely with fabricators in the U.S. and Germany during a collaborative design assist phase and through construction.

9 Dekalb Avenue : Guided enclosure system development and design for the 73-story residential tower and commercial podium from schematic design through project bid. Conducted design studies, developed details, and directed production of the drawing set for bid of the project’s custom curtain wall.

Other Projects : Varying levels of facade design, system detailing, and construction administration for FIT New Academic Building, Nassau Coliseum, Midtown Center DC, Intel SRR3, 360 East 89th, Q-Arena, Botswana Innovation Hub, and 461 Dean Street modular tower.

Jun 2012 - current

HWKN, New York, 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