Mr Daniel Ryan

Master of Design Science, Sydney; BArch, University College Dublin, Ireland; BSci(Architectural Science), University College Dublin, Ireland.
Associate Lecturer in Sustainable Design

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3204

Biographical details

My research is inter-disciplinary using methods of architectural science such as thermal simulation, to study the design development and construction of a number of iconic modernist houses. Simulation is mostly used in architecture to help us to predict the future performance of a model, but I am interested in using it to step backwards and explore history, to assess the thermal innovation of particular buildings. I am trying to understand in what way architects at the time envisaged how their buildings would perform and what the environmental theories were that guided them.

In particular, I am interested in the work of the architect Eileen Gray, whose houses along the French Riviera, are some of the earliest examples of modernism to successfully deal with a hot climate. My PhD focuses on the environmental aspects of her work, comparing it to her contemporaries and placing it in the context of theories of hygiene, health and comfort of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

For the past few years, Dr. Glen Hill and I have coordinated the Sustainable Architecture research studio, examining contemporary and future issues for environmental architecture most recently Sea Level Rise. Examples of works may be found here:

http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/CS/postgrad/student_works/index.shtml

Before coming to Sydney University, I was involved with a number of ground-breaking environmental buildings in Ireland. The projects set the standard for green building in the country through innovative design and specification of materials and services.

Professional Experience

  • 2010 | Associate Lecturer in Sustainable Design, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney.
  • 2008 | Casual Academic, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney.
  • 2008 | Graduate Architect, Kennedy Associates Architects, Sydney.
  • 2003 | Architect, Solearth Ecological Architecture, Dublin.
  • 2000 | Internship with Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna.

Research interests

  • Environmental architecture of Eileen Gray
  • Theories of Climate, comfort and health in inter-war European architecture
  • The application of thermal simulation to the study of Architectural history.

Teaching and supervision

  • MARC4002 | Sustainable Architecture Research Studio
  • MARC6101 | Performance Based Modelling in Design
  • BDES1023 | Architectural Technologies 1
  • BDES2013 | Architectural Technologies 2
  • BDES3023 | Architectural Technologies 3
  • DESC9073 | Computer Simulations in Buildings 1
  • Coordinator | Sustainable Architecture Research studio of the Master of Architecture

Associations

  • Editorial Committee | Building Material, Architectural Association of Ireland, Dublin.
  • Member | Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Ryan, D. (2013). Les Schemas D'ensoleillement. In Alfred Pacquement (Eds.), Eileen Gray: Sous la direction de Cloe Pitiot, (pp. 118-121). Paris: Centre Pompidou.

Journals

  • Ryan, D. (2010). Sunshine and Shade in the Architecture of Eileen Gray. Architectural Science Review, 53(3), 340-347. [More Information]
  • Ryan, D. (2007). Desk-Crit with Murcutt. Building Material, Winter 2007(17), 15-16.
  • Ryan, D. (2007). Street Character. Building Material.

Conferences

  • Ryan, D. (2013). The Hygienic Holiday: The Country Women's Association and the Reform of the Queensland House. The 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2013, Gold Coast, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Ryan, D. (2012). Civilising Climate: Tropical Queensland and Geographies of Comfort. Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, SAHANZ XXIX 2012, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, Launceston, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Ryan, D. (2012). Civilising Comfort: 1914-1945. 7th Windsor Conference, London, UK: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings.
  • Ryan, D. (2010). From Eclecticism to Doubt: Re-imagining Eileen Gray. imagining.. The 27th Annual Sahanz Conference (Sahanz 2010), Newcastle: Sahanz.
  • Ryan, D., Hill, G. (2010). Turning the Tide: Researching Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies through the Architecture Design Studio. ConnectED 2010 2nd International Conference on Design Education, Sydney: University of NSW (UNSW).
  • Ryan, D., Hill, G. (2009). Turning the Tide: A Pedagogical Model of a Multi-stakeholder Architectural Design Studio Addressing Sea Level Rise in the Sydney Conurbation. International Symposium - Building Global Cities: Shanghai and Sydney, Sydney: The Confucius Institute, University of Sydney.

Original Creative Work

  • Dator, M., Yeung, K., Ryan, D. (2011). The Hanging Cloud: Lightweight Living for Barcelona. Plaza del MACBA, Barcelona, Spain: ARQUITECTUM. Commercial. Unrealized.
  • O'Brien, B., Ryan, D., Haslam, M., Whiteside, R. (2008). Dzogchen Beara (Spiritual Care Centre) [Dechen Shying]. Garranes, Allihies, West Cork, Ireland, Ireland: Dzogchen Beara Trust. Corporate.
  • O'Brien, B., Haslam, M., Ryan, D. (2005). The Emerald Project. Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland: Cluid Housing Assoc. Emerald Housing co-op. Residential. Unrealized.
  • Ryan, D. (2002). Photos of Eileen Gray's House, 2002. In: Gray's elegy in France - Architecture - Profile - Eileen Gray. The Times March 17, 2002. The Times of London, London, United Kingdom.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Hill, G., Ryan, D. (2009). Turning the Tide. Swansea, Australia: Swansea Library.

2013

  • Ryan, D. (2013). Les Schemas D'ensoleillement. In Alfred Pacquement (Eds.), Eileen Gray: Sous la direction de Cloe Pitiot, (pp. 118-121). Paris: Centre Pompidou.
  • Ryan, D. (2013). The Hygienic Holiday: The Country Women's Association and the Reform of the Queensland House. The 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2013, Gold Coast, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

2012

  • Ryan, D. (2012). Civilising Climate: Tropical Queensland and Geographies of Comfort. Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, SAHANZ XXIX 2012, 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, Launceston, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Ryan, D. (2012). Civilising Comfort: 1914-1945. 7th Windsor Conference, London, UK: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings.

2011

  • Dator, M., Yeung, K., Ryan, D. (2011). The Hanging Cloud: Lightweight Living for Barcelona. Plaza del MACBA, Barcelona, Spain: ARQUITECTUM. Commercial. Unrealized.

2010

  • Ryan, D. (2010). From Eclecticism to Doubt: Re-imagining Eileen Gray. imagining.. The 27th Annual Sahanz Conference (Sahanz 2010), Newcastle: Sahanz.
  • Ryan, D. (2010). Sunshine and Shade in the Architecture of Eileen Gray. Architectural Science Review, 53(3), 340-347. [More Information]
  • Ryan, D., Hill, G. (2010). Turning the Tide: Researching Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies through the Architecture Design Studio. ConnectED 2010 2nd International Conference on Design Education, Sydney: University of NSW (UNSW).

2009

  • Hill, G., Ryan, D. (2009). Turning the Tide. Swansea, Australia: Swansea Library.
  • Ryan, D., Hill, G. (2009). Turning the Tide: A Pedagogical Model of a Multi-stakeholder Architectural Design Studio Addressing Sea Level Rise in the Sydney Conurbation. International Symposium - Building Global Cities: Shanghai and Sydney, Sydney: The Confucius Institute, University of Sydney.

2008

  • O'Brien, B., Ryan, D., Haslam, M., Whiteside, R. (2008). Dzogchen Beara (Spiritual Care Centre) [Dechen Shying]. Garranes, Allihies, West Cork, Ireland, Ireland: Dzogchen Beara Trust. Corporate.

2007

  • Ryan, D. (2007). Desk-Crit with Murcutt. Building Material, Winter 2007(17), 15-16.
  • Ryan, D. (2007). Street Character. Building Material.

2005

  • O'Brien, B., Haslam, M., Ryan, D. (2005). The Emerald Project. Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland: Cluid Housing Assoc. Emerald Housing co-op. Residential. Unrealized.

2002

  • Ryan, D. (2002). Photos of Eileen Gray's House, 2002. In: Gray's elegy in France - Architecture - Profile - Eileen Gray. The Times March 17, 2002. The Times of London, London, United Kingdom.

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