Professor Ryan is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy. Ryan's research focuses on emerging urban design paradigms, with a particular focus on postindustrial cities and neighborhoods. His book Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, was published in 2012 by the University of Pennsylvania Press and was selected by Planetizen as a Top Ten Book of 2012. Ryan has worked as an urban designer and city planner in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. He was previously Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as co-director of the UIC City Design Center. Ryan has published in edited volumes including The City After Abandonment and the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning as well as in the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of the American Planning Association, Urban Morphology, Journal of Planning History, and Urban Design International. Ryan received his B.S. degree in Biology from Yale in 1991, his M. Arch. from Columbia in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from MIT in 2002.