Philip Ryan

Founder and Principal

Prior to forming the studio, Philip Ryan worked for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York for fourteen years in design and management leadership capacities before leaving as a Senior Associate in 2012.

His design and construction experience while at the office was extensive including notably the design and construction of the AIA Honor Award winning American Folk Art Museum in New York, the AIA Honor Award winning Skirkanich Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. The experience at Tod and Billie’s studio has equipped him with a deep appreciation for the capabilities of architecture to enhance place as well as a sophisticated understanding of how to innovatively use material and detail buildings of import. 

Teaching is a critical component of the architectural process and Philip is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught graduate and undergraduate studios at the Rhode Island School of Design and City College of New York and has been a guest critic at the University of Texas at Austin, RISD, Yale University, City College, Wesleyan College, and Columbia University.

Philip is a registered Architect in the state of New York and Pennsylvania, a member of the American Institute of Architects and has been certified by NCARB.



Modh is the Gaelic word for method.

This word is a reflection of the studio founder’s Irish and American heritage and underpins an architectural process that is methodical, deliberative, and respectful in its approach to client, building, and place.

This method seeks to find particular answers to design problems through a thorough investigation of all aspects of the design and construction process; emphasizing a respectful engagement with construction professionals and an optimistic examination of the opportunities of great design solutions.

Working with Clients

The best design solutions are those that take full advantage of the circumstances of budget, site, and construction method. These solutions are arrived at through an intimate understanding of the client’s needs to produce designs that are particular to the site or building and reflect the way a client wants to live and work.

The design process relies on an objective examination of how the client lives and works currently followed by the presentation of alternatives that closely respond to the new opportunities the design process can facilitate.

Working with Craftspeople

The best built buildings are those that reflect the skill and experience of the builders. By engaging construction professionals early in the design process, Studio Modh is able to design and document buildings that reflect the local trade capabilities and the knowledge of the local region. This, in turn, streamlines the construction schedule and assists the owner in controlling cost. 


The studio is based in Brooklyn, NY.


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