Ruy Klein

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 Chair of Postgraduate Programs at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). A frequent lecturer internationally, David has previously held numerous positions at universities and institutes around the world.

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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. Recently, Karel has been investigating possible applications of artificial intelligence technologies for architectural design. Karel currently teaches design studeios at SCI-Arc, Pratt Institute, and University of Pennsylania.

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