• Born December 25, 1971• Honolulu, Hawaii

    education
    The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Architecture, 1997
    University of Utah, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1994
    DIS, Copenhagen, Denmark, Summer Architecture Program, 1992

    exhibits and donations
    Plein Air Austin Exhibition, Doughtery Arts Center, Julia C Butridge Gallery, 2014
    Wally Workman Gallery, Group Shows, 2007-2011
    Austin City Hall - People’s Gallery, Fabric formed plaster sculptures, 2008
    Austin City Hall - People’s Gallery, Bamboo lanterns and 2D abstract painting, 2007
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Gala and Silent Art Auction, 2006, 2007
    Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin, Graphic, 2007

    awards
    • Austin Art Boards, Austin, Texas
    Honorable Mention, “Texas Friendly Painted Here”, 2012
    • Art x Architects, AIA Austin
    Second Award, “My Journey” Sculpture Category, April 2010
    • Art x Architects, AIA Austin
    Second Award, “Under Earth” Painting Category, April 2010
    • Honorary Citizen
    City of Austin, Presented on Jan. 2, 2008
    • Bahá’í House of Worship, Maui, Hawaii
    500-seat open-air temple
    AIA Dallas Project Award 2002
    • Gathering Point of Imagination, Oahu, Hawaii
    600-seat open-air fabric structure
    FabStruct International Fabric Competition Honor Award 1997
    • World War II Air Force Memorial, Ogden, Utah
    Memorial design connecting an air field, hanger, church, and barracks
    Hill Air Force Base WWII Memorial Grand Prize 1994

    teaching
    Studio Ryan B. Coover, Austin, Texas
    Private/Group Watercolor and Sketching School, Since 2014

    The Contemporary Austin, Art School, Austin, Texas
    Faculty, Watercolor Basics and Beyond, 2013

    Graduate School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin
    Visiting Lecturer, Visual Communications & Drawing Discoveries, 2005

    No. 8 Middle School, Yueyang, Hunan, China
    Public School English Teacher for 6th-12th grade, 1998-1999

    University of Utah, School of Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT
    Design Teaching Assistant, Summer 1993

    lectures
    Visual Communications & Drawing Discoveries, AIA Austin Summer Academy, 2006
    Our Childhood Space, The Center for American Architecture & Design, UT Austin, 2005
    The Phenomenology of Space and Healing Gardens, AIA Austin, 2004
    Gathering Point of Imagination, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
    Infinite Threshold, National Bahá’í Center, Oahu, Hawaii, 1997

    publications
    The Good Life Magazine, Shelter, “Everything I Know about Architecture I learned in Kindergarten, Well Almost”, page 40, December 2007
    LUXE Magazine, page 74, Summer 2007 - Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston
    Fabrics & Architecture, page 23, March & April 1997
    Bamboo Arts and Craft Gallery, www.bamboocraft.net

    research
    Bamboo Structures - Independent Research, Bamboo Temple for the Island of Maui, Hawaii, 2006
    Fabric Form Work - Center for Architectural Structures and Technology, University of Manitoba, Canada, Fall 2006
    Bamboo - Independent Research “Created bamboo lanterns from one piece of bamboo, Spring 2000
    Fabric Form Work - The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture with Mark West, Spring 1997

    community affiliations
    Plain Air Austin, Since 2014
    SafePlace, Volunteer, Since 2013
    Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington, Since 2010
    AIA Austin Executive Committee - Facilities/Gallery, 2007-2008
    Wally Workman Gallery, Artist, 2005-2012
    Radiance Bahá’í School, Education Committee Member, 2004-2010
    Bamboo Arts and Craft Network, Artist, Since 2001

    professional registrations & affiliations
    Registered Architect in the State of Texas, 2001-2013
    The American Institute of Architects, 2001-2010

    selected projects
    • www.ryancoover.com
    Creation of web page illustrating artistic works by Ryan B. Coover

    • Brackenridge Field Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin
    Feasibility development study and design

    • Dell Lounge at Macy’s Harold Square, New York, NY
    Design and installation of a retail lounge promoting the release of the new Dell Inspiron computers

    • Welch Hall Courtyard, University of Texas at Austin
    Feasibility study and design

    • Perry Castaneda Library, University of Texas at Austin
    Feasibility study and design for lobby and learning commons

    • 2007 International Bamboo Building Design Competition
    Entry focused on presenting innovative detailing, joint mechanisms, and construction methods

    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
    Feasibility study and master planning of new and existing buildings

    • Radiance Bahá’í Sunday School, Round Rock, Texas
    Bahá’í center renovations, education administration, and teaching

    • Flight 93 National Memorial, Somerset, Pennsylvania
    Design entry

    • Department of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
    New building study for the Veterans Administration Brain Imaging Facility Partnership

    • T. Boone Pickens Ranch, Mesa Vista, Texas
    Collaborated with design team and contractor on model making, interior renderings, and construction documentation

    • Bamboo Lantern, Dallas, Texas
    Researched, designed, and crafted lantern proposed to Crate & Barrel

    • The Mother Temple of South America, Linderos, Chile
    Design proposal for the Bahá’í House of Worship for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Chile

    • City of Murphy, Texas
    Watercolor renderings of new town hall and city center

    • Bahá’í House of Worship, Maui, Hawaii
    Design proposal for a new 500-seat open-air temple

    • Bahá’í House of Worship, Oahu, Hawaii
    Extensive documentation of research and design process for a proposed Bahá’í House of Worship for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the Hawaiian Islands