Say “hello” to Ryan Meyer, a University of Cincinnati alum and die-hard Browns fan. As a LEED-accredited architect, Ryan is always conscious of integrating the structure of a building with its energy infrastructure. Here’s what he had to say about working on parks projects, and why — if he were going on an architecture tour — Sydney is the first place he’d go.
How would you describe your design style?
Contemporary, clean, connects to the outdoors, sustainable, innovative.
What do you like about designing outdoor/parks projects?
The design is generally more flexible in terms of program and aesthetics. Usually, clients are more open to contemporary design, and there can be a significant connection between the indoors and the outdoors.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
There was a book about I. M. Pei and it had something like, “The design process is a spiral. It starts very big and broad, but by the time you get to the end of the project, it is much more refined and dialed in.” It helps me not get caught up in details too early in a design process. Something a previous employer taught me was that the best designs design themselves. The goal is to come up with a diagram that’s so simple, all the pieces fall naturally into place. You don’t have to try to design anything because everything inherently works together.
What sets Axis apart from other architecture firms?
The range of scale and types of projects we work on. We design everything, from single family homes to park shelters to office buildings. Axis also has a rare preference toward contemporary design.
You’re going on an architecture/design tour. Where are you going?
Internationally, Sydney. Their contemporary designs have strong connections to the outdoors. In the U.S., New York City. There is always something new.