Ryan J. Simons
Ryan is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, researcher, designer, and sometimes construction worker—a modern hyphenate. His interests lie at the intersection of architecture, art, and contemporary publication. He runs 24/7/FOREVER, a blog (and aphorism) focusing on architecture, art, photography, and the modes of representation found within each field.
During his collaborations with Christoph a. Kumpusch, he has conducted research for Detail Kultur: If Buildings Had DNA, Case Studies on Mutations, edited Idea(L), Idea_utopsy, and the catalog published on the occasion of the Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action exhibition at Pratt Institute in which he was also a part of the Design and Curatorial team. He held a leadership role in the construction and fabrication of the Earthwave, a project designed by Lebbeus Woods and Christoph a. Kumpusch with Adam Orlinski. He most recently worked on the demolition, design, and construction of an office space for an architecture atelier in the East Village.
Ryan has written for Hyperallergic, 32BNY, and his most recent piece, “New Centers, New Peripheries, and the Scale of Hope,” appears in Urban Hopes: Made in China by Steven Holl (Lars Müller Publishers, 2013).
He has served as a teaching assistant for First Year design studios (Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012) and the initial Detail Kultur seminar (Fall 2012) with Christoph a. Kumpusch and Technics (Fall 2010, Fall 2011) with Frank Gesualdi. I have otherwise edited the text of Williamsburg New York Streetscape Territories by Kris Scheerlinck and voice over texts for several furniture videos. He has also worked on Christian Wassmann-designed installations for House of Waris. He has sat on juries at Pratt Institute, Columbia University’s GSAPP, Cornell’s AAP, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ryan is currently working on several publications focusing on contemporary urban conditions, the architectural representation of metaphysical phenomenology, and a smaller publication series titled #VIBES.