Ryan grew up in Southern California, and knew he wanted to be an architect the moment he won his fourth-grade community park design competition. He traded the sun for snow, and earned his degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying between snowboarding trips.
Following graduation, he wanted to get his hands dirty, so he took a job at a cabinet shop making furniture, installing flooring, and honing his craft with finish work. After a satisfying year working with his hands, he was ready to put his architecture degree to work, and chose Seattle for his next move.
Ryan was the first employee to be hired at Board & Vellum, and remains the heart and soul of the company.