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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The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Dec 15
Jan 27
Apr 21
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Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Toronto

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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Dec 16
Jan 28
Apr 22
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project COMPETITION
Omuli Museum of the Horse

Reimagine a historical primary school into a museum for horses

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Dec 14
Jan 26
Apr 23
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SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge

Fourth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 17
Jan 29
Apr 23
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project COMPETITION
Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Design a series of sleeping pods for a Portugal yoga retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Dec 18
Feb 01
Apr 27
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Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin

Design a meditation space in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Dec 21
Feb 02
Apr 28
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Spirala Community Home

Create a community home for the Spirala Ecological Village

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Dec 22
Feb 03
Apr 29
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Berlin Techno Booth

Bring back techno music to the streets of Berlin by designing individual dance booths

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Mar 23
Apr 20
Jul 06
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Modular Home Design Challenge 2021

Design a modular dream home

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

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Mar 24
Apr 21
Jul 07
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essay COMPETITION
Essay: Modular Architecture

How modular design has impacted architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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Mar 25
Apr 22
Jul 08
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Hospice - Home for Terminally Ill

Design a safe and supportive space for those struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Mar 30
Apr 27
Jul 13
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Romantic Cabin For Two

Design a romantic and secluded cabin for two in New Zealand

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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Mar 31
Apr 28
Jul 14
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MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
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May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
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Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
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