Molly RyanAIA | Education
With an interest in art and a childhood filled with playing Sims and drawing, Molly always knew she wanted to be in architecture or art in some capacity. She didn’t know where to start but eventually found her way to the architecture program at UW-Milwaukee, where she acquired her degree and was exposed to many building types through internship at PRA. Today, she is a Project Designer and Associate at Plunkett Raysich Architects. As a Project Designer, she is involved throughout the project process, from facility assessment to pre-referendum services to conceptual design and design development. She has her hand in helping clients identify facility deficiencies, listening to their vision(s), and then developing innovative solutions that address both. Molly thoroughly enjoys building lasting relationships with clients. Solving problems and developing design ideas together, is her favorite part of the project process.
When Molly started at PRA, she was exposed to a variety of project types, including religious, senior living, corporate/mix-use, and residential. Where she found her niche was in K12 education. Lessening the daily obstacles for educators and providing students with safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments is her goal for every project. Molly is inspired by the dedication and passion she sees in educators and district administrators, so much so, their mission and “Why” becomes her own. What she enjoys the most about school design is the surreal moment when she revisits the buildings, and she can see the positive impact it has on its users.
Aside from changing the future of education, Molly loves spending time with her family, being outside, reading, painting, and working on various projects—like renovating her 5-acre farmette!