Ryan Lovett is the first Director of Urban Design at Lendlease, where he serves a cross-functional role supporting the company’s efforts as an integrated development, construction and investment management firm throughout the Americas region.
In his role as director, Ryan has three primary areas of focus, including (1) working across regions to provide in-house design expertise alongside third-party architects, (2) building up consistency and best practices across the firm with localized design guidelines and (3) developing strategies for the implementation of new technologies into the design and construction process.
Prior to joining Lendlease, Ryan was the Director of Urban Design & Development at SHoP Architects, the globally renowned architecture firm based in New York City, where he led the firm’s large-scale projects. Through his experience at SHoP, Ryan combined his backgrounds in design, planning, and real estate to become an emerging industry leader in the creation of innovative urban master plans. He managed the creation of mixed-use development and master plans for a range of large, complex projects, including Rice University’s 16-acre South Main Innovation District in Houston, Tex and the 8.7 million sf Schuylkill Yards master plan in Philadelphia. Ryan also contributed to the design of some iconic architecture projects across the world, including the Collins Arch in Melbourne, Australia and 111 W 57th St in New York City.
Prior to working at SHoP, Ryan established a reputation as an internationally recognized urbanist, where his independent work has been cited in such publications as the New York Times, LA Times, Architect’s Newspaper, Architecture Magazine, among other publications. He has also held a teaching fellowship at Columbia University, contributed to Autodesk’s BIM Curriculum, and was a member of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project.
Ryan holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Real Estate Development from 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 and the Alpha Rho Chi award. He is a member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects and Urban Land Institute.