Ryan Lovett is Director of Urban Design and Development at SHoP Architects in New York City, where he leads the firm’s large-scale urban projects including the Rice University Midtown Innovation District in Houston, Texas, the 8.7M SF Schuylkill Yards Master Plan in Philadelphia, PA and a 3M SF mixed-use innovation hub across from the Cornell Tech campus in Long Island City, NY. Through his experience at SHoP, Ryan has combined his backgrounds in design, planning, and real estate to become an emerging industry leader in the creation of innovative urban master plans. He has extensive experience working with large stakeholder groups, including a variety of governmental, institutional and private development entities across the globe. Under his leadership, SHoP has developed a novel, performance-based approach to master planning and consensus building by leveraging cutting edge 3D technologies and a holistic, goal-driven approach to life-cycle planning in service of creating a smarter, more transparent framework for executing large scale development.
Prior to working at SHoP, Mr. Lovett established a reputation as an internationally recognized emerging urbanist, having placed in numerous international design competitions including AECOM’s Urban SOS, The Rauch Foundation’s Build a Better Burb, Sci-Arc’s LA Cleantech Corridor, LA Forum Dingbat 2.0, Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100, and A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles. Mr. Lovett’s independent work has been cited in such publications as the New York Times, LA Times, Architect’s Newspaper, Architecture Magazine, among various other publications. Mr. Lovett’s has also held a teaching fellowship at Columbia University, contributed to Autodesk’s Building Information Modeling Curriculum, and was a member of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP).
Mr. Lovett is a graduate of the Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) and Masters of Science in Real Estate Development (MsRED) at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design and the 2012 AIA Heritage Ball Scholarship. He also holds a B.A. in Architecture and Ecological Design with High Honors from the University of California Berkeley where he was awarded the Raymond L. Watson Prize as well as the Alpha Rho Chi award. He is a member of the American Planning Association (AICP #29564) and lives in Dumbo, Brooklyn, with his wife, Vanessa.