studioryker was established in 2007 to explore the interwoven and interconnected conditions that arise between our expanding global reality and the specific cultural and environmental conditions of place. The belief is that while place is critical to the practice of architecture, it cannot be considered without simultaneously incorporating the prolific wealth of global knowledge available to us, along with cultural cross-over and larger environmental conditions that impacts each place on the planet, small or large, urban or rural, as well as wild.
In response to these beliefs, and in order to refine and develop a critical position for the design of buildings, studioryker undertakes work on three levels: practice, research, and exploratory. Public venues are sought at each of these levels from which the general public can expand their knowledge of design, place, environment and the evolving global condition in which we all live. Furthermore, design and art are explored through multiple disciplines: creation of buildings, jewelry, writing and two-dimensional works in both photography and monoprint, to best express and communicate the creative inspirations of these interconnected conditions.
* design work in the live section prior to 2008 was completed in the partnership ryker/nave design, and the design/build company RN Construction.
Lori Ryker is the founder and principal of studio ryker. She was educated at Texas A&M University and Harvard GSD. Her design work has received national awards as well as being published nationally and internationally. She has received support from the Graham Foundation for the Arts for research undertaken with Brett Nave and the AIA/F among others. She has written three books; Mockbee Coker: Thought and Process, Off the Grid and Off the Grid Homes, and published her writing in national architectural journals. She lectures nationally on the topics of architectural design, sustainable design, her design work and education. She taught at several universities before being awarded Tenure at Montana State University. In 2006 she resigned from Montana State University in order to fully pursue her professional work and educational directives. She currently works in both the professional world and educational arena through studio ryker and Artemis Institute, an educational not for profit she founded in 2003.