With Masters’ degrees in both Architecture and Business Administration from Kent State University and with a passion for music, Ryan Croyle brings a unique sensibility to Desmone. “The acoustic properties of a space are often overlooked in our field, and in many ways, this is one of the most crucial aspects of design,” he observes. “A space should not only address visual, but also aural aspects.” Along with communicating and coordinating with consultants, contractors, and clients, Ryan assists project managers in creating proposals and feasibility studies, taking a project from schematic level through construction documents.
Since his 2015 arrival at Desmone, he has worked on an addition and new building for the Offices at Baum. “Our schematic design study helped the client get a sense of the ‘best use’ of their property,” he adds. He’s also involved with a new pavilion for St. John and Paul Church, adding an outdoor space for social events and a lower level for additional storage and offices; and South Hills Village Apartments, 300 units located close to major shopping and public transportation, which required “careful scrutiny of the unit mix and attention to the local market.
“I love that the little sketches we start with can turn into hugely complex drawings that enable someone to go out and actually build something. Once that design is built, we’ve created a permanent, physical change in our environment.” Not surprisingly, Ryan also serves as the organist at a major downtown church, “so most of my time after work is spent practicing, rehearsing, choosing music, and preparing for services. I consider musical ‘design’ to be an integral part of my creativity in the office.”