Architecture competition "New York Affordable Housing Challenge" NYB Green award winner - Ryan Anthony Ball

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the NYB Green award of our “New York Affordable Housing Challenge” competition - Ryan Anthony Ball from United States !

NYB Green prize winner from United States

Over the past five years I have worked independently and collectively as an educator, designer, and entrepreneur and am interested in exploring the overlaps and tensions between architectural education and practice. Aside from teaching in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati,I have engaged professional practice at numerous scales and locations, including institutional design at ARC Architects in Seattle, design build under James Hubbell in the Philippines, facade, landscape, and high end interior design for Ministry of Design in Singapore, and various education and commercial projects for Michael McInturf Architects in Cincinnati. Currently I am living in Ithaca, New York.

My personal design work has been recognized in numerous international design competitions including a second place finish in BeeBreeder’s London Internet Museum competition and an Honorable Mention in the Young Architect Competition Post Quake Visions, as well as published online on Archdaily, Bustler, Notcot, and Core77. My architectural work seeks to encourage placemaking while striving for structural and formal simplicity. As conceptual projects, my work oscillates between scale and media. It seeks to push representation by subverting understandings of orthographic projection and perspectival constructions, collapsing perception and inherent realities by drawing comparisons and framing ideas through standard views and strong juxtaposition.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of architect in your society?

To me Architecture is about solving problems. With our education we are equipped with the skill set to balance numerous aesthetic, economic, and social concerns into a coherent effort, and as such I believe that architects must take an active role in our cities and communities. Much like the goal of this competition, I feel that architecture is more than just high end detailing for big budget clients, but that we must constantly consider the spaces we encounter daily, and how they might be improved.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

It is important to question. Too often, standardized practices or routines blind us from potential inquiries. While it is not helpful to re-invent the wheel, I find that architecture vision competitions to be a necessary freedom from this daily reality. In that freedom, it is truly possible to consider anything, and these unbiased visions I feel are essential in realizing our potential. 

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

Ultimately I think that is up to you, I find that getting ideas onto paper can be very therapeutic for the mind.

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ideas COMPETITION
Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Australia’s fastest-growing city

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jun 16
Sep 08
Nov 03
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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2020 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture with the second annual Microhomes competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jun 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
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ideas COMPETITION
Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jun 23
Sep 15
Nov 10
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essay COMPETITION
What is Sustainable Architecture?

Share your opinion on sustainable architecture in the open essay competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 24
Sep 16
Nov 11
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project COMPETITION
Yoga House on a Cliff

Design eco-friendly yoga house in a secluded Portuguese retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 25
Sep 17
Nov 12
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project COMPETITION
Iceland Cave Tower

Design observation tower overlooking the mysteriously beautiful Grjótagjá caves in northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 30
Sep 22
Nov 17
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project COMPETITION
Cambodia Remote Hideout Huts

Design a series of remote hideout huts to be located in Cambodia

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jul 01
Sep 23
Nov 18
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