ryan enschede studio ---------->sustainable architecture is the Brooklyn, NY based architectural endeavor of Ryan Enschede, pursuing sustainable building solutions adapted to NYC’s climate and built conditions, with a focus on passive heating and cooling strategies, building forms for climate response, sunlighting/sunshading, envelope design, and climate analysis.
I strive to provide beautiful, poetic design solutions for clients seeking professionally delivered architectural services which incorporate environmental considerations. I offer my expertise to highlight environmental opportunities and costs for client evaluation, working towards “Sustainable” as the ideal of the endeavor.
As an architect, I propose starting with a foundation of best-practice, rapid-payback measures with the goal of maximizing actual environmental performance. I appreciate sophisticated low-tech solutions like window sunscreens calibrated to the sun's path and the integration of plants into buildings.
As an artist, I feel that there is a poetry and pleasure to be drawn from the above which has the potential to return intimacy with “nature,” as valuable as the reduction in environmental impact. I believe that spatial experience and geometry are the deepest foundations of architecture-art and metaphor. Stylistically I was born a Modernist, but I have developed a taste for the Victorian, and although I bring a clear viewpoint to my work I most enjoy working collaboratively to draw the art out of a client’s specific needs.
I offer a full range of architectural services to suit a variety of client needs. Architectural services can range from site, climate, and zoning analysis, to conceptual and schematic design, design development, construction documentation, permitting and Landmarks approvals, bidding and contract negotiation, and construction supervision. I bring my expertise with climate-responsive design, energy efficiency and sustainability to every aspect of these services as "value added" relative to what competitors can offer.
I also offer energy-efficiency and sustainability consulting services to other architects, project teams, and building owners not in need of architectural services. These services have included site analysis, building envelope design, assistance with sustainable and energy-efficient equipment and materials specifications, passive heating and cooling recommendations, and assistance with LEED ratings.
State of New York: licensed, registered architect
Passive House Institute US: Consultant in training
United States Green Building Council: LEED accredited professional
University of Oregon: B.ARCH, 1996
Pacific Northwest College of Art: 1995, 1998
Art Student's League of NY: 2000 – 2005
United States Green Building Council, NYC chapter member: 2007, 2008
United States Green Building Council, NYC existing buildings subcommittee: 2006
AIA NYC, Committee on the Environment, Zhongshan Environmental Design Charette, research, writing: 1999
University of Oregon, guest design critic: 1998
Maryhill Museum, Maryhill, WA, exhibitor "Desert Architecture,": 1997
professional history, representative projects:
Richard McElhiney Architect, NYC: 2002 – 2006
McCarter & English, law offices, Newark NJ
Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry, law offices, Newark NJ
Manhattan Apartment Renovations
Fox & Fowle Architects, NYC: 2000 – 2002
Lehman College Multimedia Center, Bronx NY
Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link, light rail train stations, Newark NJ
Moneo Brock Studio, NYC: 1999 – 2000
Manhattan Loft Renovations
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, Portland OR: 1996 – 1998
The Assembly Building, 21,000 seat auditorium, Salt Lake City UT
Union Station Housing, multi-building housing development, Portland OR
references and CV available upon request.