Ryan Brooke Thomas graduated from Stanford University with Honors, majoring in Modern Thought & Literature. Following graduation, she attended Columbia University GSAPP’s Introduction to Architecture program and interned at an architecture office in New York, before heading back West to UCLA, where she earned her Master of Architecture. In her first year at UCLA’s School of Architecture & Urban Design, Thomas was one of ten students selected to exhibit student work as part of a research exhibition led by architects Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid for the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. In her final year, Thomas received the annual "Best Design Studio Project" honor for her Thesis work.
Both in New York and Los Angeles, Thomas has worked as a Project Lead, Design Director and Partner with multiple firms, including Belzberg Architects, AvroKO, and Architecture at Large/Rafael de Cardenas. The breadth of her architecture and design experience has spanned from exhibitions and temporary installations, to private residences and ground-up buildings, to retail environments, hospitality, and office spaces, as well as object and furniture design.
In 2012, she became the first Director of Architectural Design for the multidisciplinary design firm 2x4, where she oversaw diverse teams of architects, designers, and strategists while leading design for a wide array of project executions. While at 2x4, Thomas worked with renowned brand clients, creative influencers, and cultural institutions all over the world, with projects ranging in scale from a new fragrance bottle for Prada to a multi-level brand exhibition flagship for Hyundai in Moscow. In this role, she honed an expert understanding of creative strategy, branding, environmental and interactive design, as well as the unique facility in merging these skills with architectural design process and methodology.
Thomas has been an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture and is currently an Adjunct faculty member at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. She is a regularly invited design critic and has participated in juries for graduate and undergraduate architecture programs including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Syracuse, Pratt, Parsons, NJIT, Rice, UCLA, and SCI-Arc. Thomas is also an active member of the New Practices New York committee at the Center for Architecture and her office is a certified Women Owned Business.