Mr Daniel Ryan

MDesSc(SustDes), The University of Sydney; BArch, National University of Ireland, Dublin; BSc, National University of Ireland, Dublin
Lecturer PhD Candidate

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3204

Biographical details

Daniel Ryan is an historian of architectural science and architecture in the tropics, focusing on Australasia and the Pacific. He is particularly interested in the changing environmental role of the house and its technologies during the twentieth century. His current doctoral research explores the translation of climatic ideas from tropical medicine to architecture and their entanglement with colonial politics. He also writes about Eileen Gray’s approach to climate and occasionally lectures about the conservation of her architecture.

His work has been recognised with the best paper award at the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science (ANZAScA) conference in 2009, inclusion in the catalogue for the Pompidou Centre’s exhibition on Eileen Gray in 2013 and invitations to lecture at esteemed institutions in Australia and abroad.

As a teacher primarily of sustainable design, Daniel Ryan challenges students to question the prevailing understanding of technical performance. His teaching pushes students to consider the possible experiences that technology can offer. He also is interested in the role of assessment in driving learning and is part of the University of Sydney’s assessment scholars’ network.

Before coming to the University of Sydney, he 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. He has also practiced with leading firms in Italy and Australia.

Research interests

  • Theories of climate, comfort and health in 20th century architecture
  • History of tropical architecture
  • The application of thermal simulation to the study of Architectural history
  • Environmental architecture of Eileen Gray

Teaching and supervision

  • MARC4002 | Sustainable Architecture Research Studio
  • DESC9147 | Sustainable Building Design Principles
  • BDES1023 |Architectural Technologies 1
  • BDES2027 |Architecture Studio 2A (History/Theory)

Associations

  • Member | Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand

Awards and honours

2013 Nominated by Faculty Education Committee for the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Teaching Award

Ryan, Daniel, Marinel Mabelle Dator, and Katie Yeung. "The Hanging Cloud." In Tower in Gothic Quarter Barcelona 2011 Competition. Universidad Abat Oliva, Barcelona: Arquitectum, 2011.
Ryan, Daniel James, and Glen Hill. Turning the Tide. Swansea, Lake Macquarie, NSW: Swansea Centre, 2009.

Related newspaper, radio and TV coverage to Turning the Tide exhibition: Radio 2HD interviews (2/12/09), ABC local radio interviews (2/12/09), NBN TV News (2/12/09), "The Herald" (2/12/09, p. 20), "Indesign"

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. Paris: Centre Pompidou.

Journals

  • Ryan, D. (2015). Kissing Point Huts. Architecture Australia.
  • 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. (2015). Tropical Panoramas. SAHANZ 2015 Architecture, Institutions and Change: the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Australia: Sahanz.
  • Ryan, D. (2014). Triumph in the Tropics? Surveying the thermal environment of the Queensland house 1905-1926. 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World, Windsor, UK: NCEUB Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings.
  • 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.

Visual Art

  • 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.

Design or Architectural Works

  • 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.

Exhibitions / Events

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

2015

  • Ryan, D. (2015). Kissing Point Huts. Architecture Australia.
  • Ryan, D. (2015). Tropical Panoramas. SAHANZ 2015 Architecture, Institutions and Change: the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Australia: Sahanz.

2014

  • Ryan, D. (2014). Triumph in the Tropics? Surveying the thermal environment of the Queensland house 1905-1926. 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World, Windsor, UK: NCEUB Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings.

2013

  • Ryan, D. (2013). Les Schemas D'ensoleillement. In Alfred Pacquement (Eds.), Eileen Gray: Sous la direction de Cloe Pitiot. 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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