What’s your favourite DIALOG project?
Having always felt comfortable working in cities and urban contexts, working on the Williamette Falls River Walk with Snøhetta and Mayer / Reed introduced me to new ways to design with landscape, topography, and hydrology, and opened new creative avenues in my work going forward.
What’s one skill (outside of work) that you’d like to learn?
I would love to try to make some furniture, but unfortunately, I am not handy enough in a workshop yet!
What’s in your office snack drawer?
Some dark chocolate and an espresso cup I brought back from Switzerland.
What's one quote you live by?
“Simplicity is complexity resolved.” – Constantin Brancusi

Ryan joined our team in 2012 as an architectural and urban designer. He is passionate about creating functional, elegant designs that are specific to each project’s unique culture, local community, and environment.

Ryan was raised in Vancouver, and spent eight years in Toronto completing his education before returning to Vancouver to join us. He has worked in the US and Germany on international projects, and is experienced in mixed-use, office, residential, and master planning projects.

​​​​​​​Ryan is committed to design innovation, research, and collaboration with both clients and colleagues. In 2016, Ryan received a grant to deepen his studies and pursue his interest in mass timber and freeform timber design and construction in Europe.

Ryan is currently immersed in our growing portfolio of mass timber projects, most notably as the project designer of 2150 Keith Drive, a 10-storey mass timber office building located in Vancouver, BC. The project’s innovative structural system is undergoing small-scale and full-scale structural testing at Queens University and the University of Alberta, which will help inform future tall wood projects.

Ryan is a member of The City of Vancouver’s Mass Timber Advisory Committee, and is continually seeking to evolve his work through new creative avenues.

I believe that in the seemingly ordinary, with creativity and hard work, there is an opportunity to do something extraordinary.
Ryan McClanaghan

Education

  • Master of Architecture University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Toronto

Awards

2011 Young Leaders for Future Cities, Goethe Institute

2012 Irving Grossman Prize, University of Toronto

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