Daniel Ryan is an historian of architectural science and architecture in the tropics, focusing on Australasia and the Pacific. He is particularly interested in the changing environmental role of the house and its technologies during the twentieth century. His recent PhD explored the translation of climatic ideas from tropical medicine to architecture and their entanglement with colonial politics. He also writes about Eileen Gray’s approach to climate and occasionally lectures about the conservation of her architecture.
Having lectured at esteemed institutions in Australia and abroad, his work has also been recognised with the best paper award at the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science (ANZAScA) conference in 2009, and included in the catalogue for the Pompidou Centre’s exhibition on Eileen Gray in 2013.
As Director of the Sustainable Design program, Daniel Ryan challenges students to question the prevailing understanding of technical performance.
Before coming to the University of Sydney, he was involved with a number of ground-breaking environmental buildings in Ireland, and has practiced with leading firms in Italy and Australia.