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  • Ryan B. LewandowskiB.S. Arch, University of Virginia, 2008

    M. ARCH I - Advanced Placement

  • Ryan B. Lewandowski83 Fort Greene Pl. Apt 2

    Brooklyn, NY 11217


  • ARCH 402

    ARCH 541

    ARCH 302

    ARCH 301

    2x3.5 Lamp



    urban design
















    extent inquiry method environment


    Project Index







    DIS Copenhagen6



    Last Supperaural garden installation

    community development center

    peruvian transportation hub

    parametric rapid prototyping

    student study center

    light & art kunsthal

    siggraph convention pavilion

    business card lamp shade

    Ennead Architectsnyu langone medical center

    personal observations

  • Home to the outdoor music area and animated by visualizations from animators and filmmakers, the Aural Garden featured an architectural installation designed and built by Ryan Lewandowski, Daria Supp, and Lili Trenkova. One of the new programs at the 5th annual Last Supper Festival, the canopy installation defines a new and more intimate, yet open space within the canyon-like alley of the outdoor area at the 3rd Ward. The black-lit 3000ft of cotton string weaves a net-like surface that shifts in form and definition as the perspective changes. While basing itself off the hyperbolic surface that is created with the spandex shapes suspended above, this fluctuation creates an energy in the space that plays with the music and dance atmosphere, creating a synthesis of the mediums and demonstrating the transformative effects of architecture.

    Last SupperAural Garden Installationw/ Daria Supp & Lili TrenkovaNew York, New York Fall 2010

    ryan b. lewandowski / personal

  • ryan b. lewandowski / personal

    install day 1

    install day 2

    install day 3

    I was the co-creator, lead designer, and coordinator for this project. The on-site fabrication of the installation occured the few days leading up to the Last Supper event, with many co-workers and friends coming out after work to volunteer each night. As expected, the effort of weaving string ten to fifteen feet above the ground proved to be an interesting challenge.

  • ryan b. lewandowski / personal

    After the desired black light effect was conceived, a series of material tests were required to find a string that reacted to black light. A surprisingly diffcult effort, we tested poly-twine, clothesline, nylon rope, and others, until we discovered a locally made cotton mason line that reacted with the perfect glow.

    The installation has since become a permanent fixture at the 3rd Ward in Brooklyn and was featured in the December 2010 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review.

  • ryan b. lewandowski / academic

    Located in the culturally segregated neighborhood of Crown Heights, this multi-function design problem was aimed at understanding a complex past in order to address its current and future potential. Looking to the surrounding urban context, I found inspiration in the unifying visual rhythm of the neighboring brownstones. By reflecting this rhythm at the scale of the buildings program, the intent of the design is to establish a unifying dialogue between community members through its use.

    ARCH 301 ARTS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER Associate Professor William Williams Fall 2006Brooklyn, NY

  • A community kitchen and food co-op are the primary programmatic drivers within the design. Through the personal act of cooking and having a meal together, stories and lessons are shared creating a cross-cultural dialogue that brings the different local cultures together. The table for cooking and eating becomes a symbol for this interaction and is carried throughout the rest of the building to facilitate its many other functions.

    ryan b. lewandowski / academic / 2006

  • ground floor plan first floor second floor third floor fourth floor fifth floor

    ryan b. lewandowski / academic / 2006urban rhythm site plan

  • ryan b. lewandowski / academic / 2006

    3/16th scale laminated basswood and chip model18 x 18 x 22

    Taking advantage of the sectional nature of the design, a physical model was created using laminated layers of chipboard and basswood. The building was constructed in removeable units of a structural band and its accompanied programmatic ribbon to create an interactive viewing experience that allows one to dissect the internal workings of the building.

  • Working in collaboration with COPESCO, the World Bank, and the city of Ollantaytambo, our semester studio was the beginning of a multi-year effort towards studying the threats from increased tourism in the Sacred Valley. The ancient town of Ollantaytambo sits at a critical juncture between the bus and rail system for tourists en route to Machu Picchu and faces growing international economic pressures. Our work intended to propose a schematic master plan and new train station that accommodates international interests and local needs while preserving the towns physical history and cultural ideals.

    ARCH 402MASTER PLANTRAIN + BUS STATIONAssociate Professor Dean Abernathy Spring 2008w/ Scott Mitchell & Sebastijan JemecOllantaytambo, Peru

    ryan b. lewandowski / academic

  • (1:1000)10m 50m 100m

  • personal experience






    machu picchu

    ryan b. lewandowski / academic / 2008

    The devised masterplan proposed relocating the rail line to the opposite side of the river, allowing a new road for the heavy traffic to take its place. With the new rail station located down river near the more modern town of Rumira, the traffic can be rerouted around Ollantaytambo instead of through it and encourages future growth to occur away from the historical town center.

    During our time in Ollantaytambo, we were encouraged to explore new methods of recording our experience. Focusing on the sounds of traffic, water, and music, I recorded numerous video clips throughout the town. This audio experience was then translated into a diagramatic timeline of my trip, inspired by the quipu, a traditional Incan method of record keeping with knots.

    sacred valley diagram


    quipu street sound diagram

    tourist route

  • proposed train route


    proposed station

    existing station

    ancient city center

    proposed pedestrian path

    existing rail line

    existing bus route

    proposed bus route

    ollantaytambo master plan

  • ryan b. lewandowski / academic / 2008

    Designed in collaboration with Scott Mitchell and Sebasitjan Jemec, we sited the train station down river from the town to establish a new node for commercial activity, alleviating traffic through the sensitive Incan sites. Reminiscent of Incan terracing and the local market vernacular, the station is spatially organized by a series of rammed earth walls and glu-lam structures to create a low impact design that integrates itself into the surrounding landscape. The addition of a wide cathedral like stair running the length of the station becomes a place of interaction and provides an open connection to the neighboring marketplace.

    block game siting studiesgame 01 game 02 game 03 game 04 game 05

  • broken roof


    public amenities







  • ryan b. lewandowski / academic / 2008

    bus terminal

  • train station

  • The intent of this course was to learn the underlying principles of parametric modeling and various methods to fabricate these ideas quickly and efficiently. In utilizing Microstations Generative Components, we studied a myriad of pattern making, fractal designs, and complex surfaces. These studies developed into a personal exploration of wrapping a double sin-curve surface around a cylinder. Once acheived, I created a representation through laminating multiple sections of cardboard to produce its form, which has since become a favorite lamp shade.

    ryan b. lewandowski / academic

    ARCH 544PARAMETRICRAPID PROTOTYPINGAssociate Professor Earl Mark Spring 2008

    class geometric & surface explorations

  • physical prototype _ lamp shade

    transaction modelBased "draw the polygon"{ feature drawPoly GC.GraphFunction { Definition = function (Point pointList){ //procedure to draw any closed polygon of unspecified number of points Polygon arbitraryPolygon = new Polygon(this); arbitraryPolygon.ByVertices(pointList); }; }}

    transaction modelBased "graphic function to find Z value given x and y coordinates"{ feature surfProg GC.GraphFunction { Definition = Point function(Point startPoint, double Cscalar, double degr, double resolution, double degrinc){ // Gets sin wave along x-axis and y-axis for z from x and y of startPo