Ryan Bacha

Ryan Bacha

Ryan Bacha, SCAD architecture professor

Ryan Bacha

Assoc. AIA

  • B.S., Fairmont State College, 1995
  • M.Arch., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2003
First year at SCAD:

"My inspiration for teaching stems from the act of making. At an early age, I was awed by the power of constructing something with your own hands; inspired by the capabilities of the tools nature has given us. When I was training to be an architect, this passion guided my design process and I learned the value of a close connection to the physical world. Architecture has two faces, one is the construing or thinking about the making and the other is the actual making. I believe that connecting the two is a critical act in the teaching of future architects."


Designing and building an outdoor classroom with SCAD students for Kennedy Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia

Awards, recognition and honors

Innovation Award, Virginia Tech Solar Decathlon 2003, Washington D.C.; Best in Show Trade Booth, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, Southern Home Show, Savannah; City of Lynchburg, Virginia, Design Charette Award; Bachelor Award, Fairmont State University; West Virginia AIA scholarships


U.S. Green Building Council; International Living Building Institute; American Institute of Architects; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; Savannah Solar; RhinoFabLab; Education Community; Autodesk

Publications and presentations

  • U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon: Request for proposal to National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado
  • Design Methodologies: Teaching Digital Design Fundamentals, ASCAAD 2006, abstract accepted
  • Design Methodologies: Teaching Fundamentals of Electronic Design, ACADIA 2005, conference workshop

Previous Positions

Owner, BKDW LLC, Savannah; associate, Dunay Associates, Blacksburg, Virginia; assistant professor, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia; associate, Brown Drafting Services, Blacksburg, Virginia; teaching assistantship, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia; associate, WYK & Associates, Clarksburg, West Virginia; job supervisor, Bartlett Building Co., Benwood, West Virginia; apprentice carpenter, Leonard Construction Co., Charlotte, North Carolina

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 241 Construction Technology I
  • ARCH 300 Architecture Design Studio I
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III
  • ARCH 341 Construction Technology II
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 405 Architecture Design Studio V
  • ARCH 406 Architecture Design Studios VI
  • ARCH 480 Master Builder
  • ELDS 225 Electronic Design I
  • ELDS 325 Electronic Design II
  • ELDS 330 Visualization in Electronic Design I
  • ELDS 445 Digital Prototyping and Fabrication Methods
  • ELDS 704 Electronic Design
  • ELDS 708 Communication in Electronic Design
  • ELDS 745 Digital Prototyping and Fabrication Methods