Zoë Ryan is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago where she is building the museum's first collection of contemporary design and expanding its architecture collection. Her recent exhibitions include "Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects" (2012); "Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund" (2012); "Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention" (2011); and "Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design" (2010), the most visited architecture and design exhibition in the museum's history. Prior to working at the museum, Ryan was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute in New York. Ryan received her BA from the University of Sussex, England and her MA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has lectured internationally and authored and edited publications including Building with Water: Designs, Concepts, Visions (Birkhäuser, 2010). In 2012 she was a member of the curatorial advisory team for the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In fall 2012, Fast Company magazine named Ryan one of the 50 people shaping the future of design. Ryan is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a lecturer in the Art History Department of the School of the Art Institute. Ryan is currently curating the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial.
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