Ruy Klein (David Ruy, Karel Klein)


The architecture agency Ruy Klein was founded by Karel Klein, a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who teaches at SCI-Arc, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania, and David Ruy, a graduate of Columbia University and St. Johns College, currently chair of postgraduate programs at SCI-Arc. Ruy Klein’s pluralistic approach lies at the intersection of architecture, life sciences, and technology. The architects draw on the indeterminacies and uncertainty of our “new synthetic world”, where digital and ecological approaches merge, to examine the imbrications of natural and artificial realms. The agency aims to generate an ornamental complexity that resonates with living phenomena to reach a contemporary form of the “sublime”, where the computational approach and experiments on manufacturing processes are combined. Widely exhibited and published, the research of Ruy Klein received the Emerging Voices Award in 2011. Their work is held in collections belonging to MoMA New York and the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire.

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