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...As I see it, because of the flux in our cultural perspective, architects have the opportunity to both reclaim their role as creators of culture (and what this means in all of its fullness) to expand our role as leaders and teachers of a better way to live on Earth.

Primarily what designers do is provide physical context and reality to an ideology. We make tangible the ideas for inhabiting Earth. If we use our gifts and training to evolve into a better way of belonging to the Earth, we will make real this way of thinking into a living reality. In order to achieve this cultural transformation the way we approach, conceive and develop our environments must be radically different. We must begin to think of ourselves as not primarily in service to economic development and speculative commerce, not limited to a fixed set of conditions. It is from the perspective of this challenge that I have been thinking of the 4 concepts : poetic cosmos, ecological deep well being, dwelling in place, and ritual and myth.

These interrelated concepts have as much to do with living on Earth as they do design practice. They help us recognize the need to be responsive to the place we live in and the people, animals and plants who share these places with us, that remind us that we are more than the jobs we have, or the wealth that we may command, that our lives do not end at our own limits and our sense of being extends into a world that we may never understand in completely rational terms.

Lori Ryker
notes from AIA Arkansas Lecture 2008


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.

Lori Ryker, Ph.D.

Lori Ryker is the founder and principal of studio ryker. She was educated at Texas A&M University and Harvard GSD. While not a licensed Architect, 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.

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"live" projects prior to 2007 were completed through the studio ryker/nave design


Paradise, outside-in house: Paul Warchol - photographer
Yellowstone River house, Yellowstone River Cabin, Clyde Park, Deep Creek residence : Audrey Hall
Wapiti residence: Matthew Millman