Associated with the firms network

State of California, Department of Public Works, Division of Architecture, Van der Ryn, Sim, State Architect; Van der Ryn, Sim, Architect

Professional History

State Architect, State of California, Sacramento, CA, 1976-1983; Van der Ryn was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Director, State of California, Office of Appropriate Technology, Sacramento, CA; Professor, University of California, Berkeley;

Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, c. 1966; Goff Chair of Innovative Architecture, University of Oklahoma, 2001;

Architectural Consultant, California State Office of Economic Opportunity, c. 1966; Van der Ryn worked with the Office of Economic Opportunity to develop "instant architecture," temporary communities for migratory workers in the state. Founder, Farallones Institute, 1970s; founded the Ecological Design Institute (EDI);

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1971; Commendation for Excellence in Technology, American Institute of Architects, California Council, 1981; Nathaniel Owings Award, California Council American Institute of Architects, 1996; Rockefeller Scholar in Residence, Bellagio, Italy, 1997; Fellowship, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 1997; President's Award for Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Colorado Chapter) for the Arbolera de Vida Master Plan, Albuquerque, NM, 1997.


B.Arch., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI;


Van der Ryn left Holland during World War II, living first in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, NY, and then moved to Great Neck, NY, also on Long Island. Van der Ryn left New York for Ann Arbor, MI, to attend the University of MI.

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