Ryan Klinger

Ryan Klinger

Chicago, IL, US



Ryan attended Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After graduation he moved to Huntington Beach, Ca. for 2 years where he worked as the Senior Solar Designer for a company specializing in installing residential solar photovoltaic systems in Southern California. He decided to continue his passion for architecture by returning to his home state and pursuing a post-professional M.S. of Architecture degree at IIT. He is currently researching an argument to establish the validity of the single family home as a continuing building model.

Ryan is interested in building furniture, exploring new cultures and cities across the world, golfing and various activities that get him outside and in nature.


O'Brien Metal, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Detailer/PM

Needs assessment & requirements analysis, On-site field measurements & review of existing plans Professional shop drawings for approval - AutoCAD 2010, Function, aesthetic, and constructability assessments & options, Value Engineering: idea generation & recommendations (materials, finishes, methods), Mock-ups for approval,Finish samples for approval

Working closely with Architects, General Contractors and Clients to provide completed architectural drawings, shop drawings and the final approved custom fabricated project. This role includes, but is not limited to: material selection, sizing and ordering, outsourcing specific parts to our network of local vendors and fabricators throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, researching material qualities and specifications, Coordinating with our shop fabricators the requirements and quality control throughout the fabrication process, and Maintaining active project data to track progress.

Aug 2013 - current

Verengo Solar Plus, Orange, CA, US, Senior Solar Designer

responsible for designing all aspects of roof + ground mounted solar arrays in southern California, completed over 500 designs that are currently operating. My role as Senior designer gave me the opportunity to train and manage an eight person design team, maintain relationships with all planning and building personnel throughout each Southern California city jurisdiction and planning department, become knowledgeable of local/city electrical and building codes, as well as design, correct and submit all required drawings to be approved for permitting.

Dec 2009 - Oct 2011

Somewhere Something, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer

junior designer with a design/build firm. Project scope focused, but not limited to, single-family housing in the greater Los Angeles area

May 2009 - Apr 2010

Shimizu + Coggeshall Architects, Highland Park, CA, US, Junior Designer

explorations through materiality, scale + design schematic design through construction documents engaging in physical scaled models

Mar 2006 - Nov 2009


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, Masters, Architecture

Aug 2011 - May 2013

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2004 - May 2009


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