Ryan Ludwig | Catherine Bonier

Technology & Architectural History Tenure Track Faculty Candidate Lectures


Ryan Ludwig is an architectural practitioner and educator. His current research investigates architecture’s potential to induce physiological effects capable of promoting adaptability through both technological and affective means. These investigations have been published in various scholarly journals and websites including: MIT journal Thresholds 42: Human (2014), MOINOPOLIS Living In the Spatial Shift (2013) and AnimalArchitecture.org (2011-13). He was also a co-editor of the book The Function of Form by Farshid Moussavi (2009). 

Ryan has taught previously at the SUNY Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and most recently at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. In addition to teaching Ryan has continued to pursue independent design work under the pseudonym: AoP (www.adaptationofparts.com), through projects ranging from furniture, to pavilion designs, to building proposals and large-scale international design competition entries. The philosophy of AoP adopts an inclusive approach to design able to foster design solutions capable of generating local specificity while maintaining adaptability in the face of current issues and future change. This type of "soft-modular" approach to building systems allows for fluidity between project types, scales and environments. Ryan is currently working and living in Southampton, NY.

Catherine Bonier a professor of design, history, and theory. Her research spans from the 16th to the 21st century and centers on the shaping of cities and landscapes around water and infrastructures, within the context of ideas of nature and physical and civic health.

She received a BA in European history from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught urban research and architectural design. Bonier was named a Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science (PACHS) Fellow for her dissertation, “American Waterworks: the architectural construction of public space and the infrastructural production of public health.”


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