Ruy Klein
New York City

Ruy Klein examines contemporary design problems at the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology. Encompassing a wide array of experimentation, projects study the mutual imbrications of artificial and natural regimes that are shaping an ever more synthetic world. The office probes the indeterminacies of 21st century architecture, locating territories in a frontier no longer outside the city walls, but unexpectedly found within the city itself. Despite the spatial uncertainties of the new synthetic world, provocative opportunities are evident as the computational and the ecological movements merge and attention shifts to the sublime horizon that is glowing with feral technologies. The work of Ruy Klein has been widely published, exhibited, and has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing the office as one of the leading experimental practices in architecture today.



David Ruy is an architect, theorist, and director of Ruy Klein. David received his M Arch degree from Columbia University and his BA degree from St. John’s College where he studied philosophy and mathematics. David is currently an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at Pratt Institute, where he is also program coordinator of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Program. A frequent lecturer internationally, David is currently developing a book on aesthetic practices extending from Speculative Realism. David is an external examiner of the Architectural Association in London, and has previously been on the faculty of Columbia, Princeton, and The University of Pennsylvania.  

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Karel Klein is an architect and co-director of Ruy Klein. Investigating craft, precision, and the evolution of design expertise in the digital age, Karel continues to foreground the persistence of the designer in contemporary culture. She received her MArch degree from Columbia University and also holds a BS degree in civil engineering from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Previously at The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design and Pratt Institute, she currently teaches graduate design studios at Columbia University.

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