Ryan Ludwig

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Ryan Ludwig, RA, NCARBAssistant Professor of Architecture

Contact Information

x3655rludwig@rwu.eduAR 257

Areas of Expertise

Architecture / Design / Theory


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, M.Arch
Cornell University, AAP, B.Arch

Ryan Ludwig is an NCARB certified licensed Architect, educator, and writer. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University and has previously held teaching positions at Syracuse SoA, SUNY Buffalo a+p and Cornell AAP. Before teaching he worked in a variety of diverse architectural offices such as MOS, Cannon Design, Blaze Makoid Architecture, and SPAN Architecture, and currently maintains his own design research practice: Ludwig-ArchOffice (L-AO).

His professional and academic research are focused on the intersection of architecture, ecology, and social equity in the built environment, exploring alternative approaches to design capable of engendering co-productive relations between them. He holds the strong belief that, in the face of a rapidly transforming planet, architects must challenge status quo processes of development and take an active role in fostering change toward a more ecologically and socially equitable built environment.

In 2018 Ludwig received a prestigious MacDowell fellowship; while in residence the following year he focused on writing the book Beyond Sustainable: Architecture’s Evolving Environments of Habitation published by Routledge (2021). The book reconceptualizes the relationship between human beings and the constructed environments of habitation they create living in the Anthropocene. Through a critical examination of disciplinary narratives of “green” design it accepts that human-beings have reached a moment beyond climatological and ecological crisis, offering three alternative conceptual approaches: Technological Mediation, Environmental Identification, and Biophysical Interaction, for how we might cope and adapt to ongoing changes in the earth-system. Ludwig is also a co-editor of the book The Function of Form by Farshid Moussavi, published by Actar Press (2009/2020).

As an active member of The-Architecture-Lobby (TAL) Ludwig is currently a co-coordinator of the TAL Green New Deal Working Group which focuses on organizing for liberatory principals and ecological justice as they relate to architectural labor, the built environment, and sustainable futures for all.

His work has been supported by an Art Omi: Architecture Residency Fellowship (2021), Centrum Artist Residency (2018), DAAP Faculty Development Grant (2020 & 2021), the Pogue Wheeler DAAP Faculty Travelling Fellowship (2021) and he was an Enterprise, Rose Architectural Fellowship Finalist (2016). Ludwig holds a professional Bachelor’s degree from Cornell, AAP (’04) and a post-professional Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (’09).

Web Links
Beyond Sustainable
The Function of Form


Beyond Sustainable: Architecture’s Evolving Environments of Habitation, Routledge | Taylor & Francis Group, New York, London (2021)

The Function of Form, by Farshid Mousavi, with Editors Daniel Lopez, Garrick Ambrose, Ben Fortunato, Ryan Ludwig and Ahmadreza Schricker, Actar Press, Barcelona (2009, 2020)

Essays & Papers:

“Rewriting the Dream: Sub-Urban Living and the Potentials of the Productive Landscape” paper, peer reviewed, ACSA 109th Annual Meeting Conference, St. Louis, MI (2021)

“Of Life and Death: The Interior Atmosphere-Environments of the Greenhouse and the Gas Chamber” paper, peer reviewed, ACSA 108th Annual Meeting Conference, San Diego, CA (2020)

"Formation and Variation: Woltereck's Concept of Reaktionsnorm and the Potentials of Environment" journal article, peer reviewed, Thresholds 42, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press (2014) “Models in Development: The Problem of Form and the Primacy of Vision” journal article, peer reviewed, MOINOPLOIS: Living in the Spatial Shift 01 (2012)


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