M.Arch, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design; B.A., Stanford University
Ryan Brooke Thomas is a designer, educator and principal of Kalos Eidos, a New York-based office focused on creating environments and exploring possibilities for living, working, socializing and engaging culture through design. Overlapping a foundation in architecture with other modes of design, creative practice and cultural research, the office takes an expanded approach to architecture practice that looks beyond the building envelope to encompass a range of outputs spanning between the artifact and the city. Her research interests center around the intertwined spatial, experiential and cultural conditions of interiority and urbanism as well as the speculative agency of alternative practice models in shaping architectural discourse.
Thomas has taught design studio courses at Pratt Institute, The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, as well as previously at Syracuse University. Prior to launching her practice, Thomas was Director of Architectural Design for the multidisciplinary office 2x4, where she ran the architecture studio and led diverse teams of architects, strategists, graphic and interactive designers on a wide array of project executions world-wide.
She is Co-Chair of AIA New Practices New York at the Center for Architecture which recognizes and develops critical dialogue around emerging architecture practices in the city. Her firm is part of WIP Collaborative, which pursues collaborative research and built projects as a collective of women in practice, as well as Design Advocates, which is a network of designers committed to community advocacy through design.
Thomas earned her Master of Architecture degree from UCLA Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design with a Graduate Fellowship in Architecture. While there she participated in the Venice Biennale’s U.S. Pavilion and was awarded “Best Thesis Studio Project” in her final year. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University where she graduated with Honors in Modern Thought & Literature.