Ryan Welch's work provides critical feedback early in project development, enabling design iteration and addressing issues of shading, heat transfer, ventilation, operational energy, and environmental impact.
As a Researcher at KieranTimberlake, Ryan focuses on analysis, simulation, and performance modeling, primarily through the development of new software tools. A building physics and data visualization specialist, he develops new workflows and ways of envisioning data to solve architectural problems. His current projects include Tally®, a custom LCA application for Revit that allows architects to calculate the environmental impacts of their building material choices during design. Ryan acted as software, database, and user experience lead developer for the app.
For a campus planning study at Rice University, Ryan developed a custom interactive plugin for studying future build-out scenarios with regard to budgetary, programmatic, and environmental considerations. For the new US Embassy in London, he led development of custom digital workflows for modeling envelope thermal transfer and photovoltaic output potential. Additionally, he also led development of custom apparatus for evaluating glazing optics under natural light.
Ryan has previously worked for Ziger/Snead Architects and has taught architectural design at Yale School of Architecture and at Princeton School of Architecture with Alejandro Zaera-Polo. He has also taught workshops with Billie Faircloth at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, University of Minnesota's School of Architecture, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and is presently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.