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Ryan Bloom

Project Architect at The Dobbins Group; Associate AIA; LEED Green Associate

Greater Chicago Area
Architecture & Planning
  1. The Dobbins Group
  1. FGM Architects,
  2. ToastingDesign,
  3. Illinois Institute of Technology
  1. Illinois Institute of Technology
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The Dobbins Group

The Dobbins Group

Project Architect

– Present

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"If there's a way to do it better...find it." - Thomas Edison

I want to solve problems to improve lives!

I am an energetic individual passionate about using design, collaboration, and problem solving to create innovation. I am an advocate for sustainability, efficient and effective design, and the positive affects design can have on people and process. My career goals are aimed at utilizing design innovation and excitement to enhance the lives of others by enhancing built environments, work spaces, and products. In other words...see my beginning statement!

After working several summer internships, developing a design/construction project of my own, and now working in an architecture firm in Chicago, I am excited to continue to spread my wings in architecture through work opportunities, networking, and continued learning. I am looking forward to working with architects, engineers, contractors, and clients to create functional, efficient, and sustainable architectural solutions that help to better the lives of those touched by my design.

I am seeking any kind of opportunity in architecture, design, sustainability, building systems, construction, management, graphics, and more!

Specialties: - All levels of Architecture Production (schematic design and construction drawings, presentation material, free hand sketches and renderings, model-making, etc)
- Proficiency in AutoCAD, Revit, Google SketchUp, Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Microsoft Office
- Working Knowledge in 3ds Max, Prezi


LEED Green Associate

– Present


Project Architect

The Dobbins Group
– Present (7 months)Chicago, Illinois

I provide technical and BIM support associated with production of all contract documents. I use my passion for quality design solutions to coordinate architectural and engineering drawings with the goal of ensuring quality documentation that exceeds client objectives.

Architect I

FGM Architects
(2 years 5 months)Oak Brook, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois

AIA:NEI Riverwoods Design Charrette - April 5th, 2014
AIA:NEI Repositioning Participant- March 2014
2014 Emerging Professionals Summit Participant - January 24-26, 2014
AIA Illinois Annual Conference, "Through Architecture", Attendee - November 8th, 2013
Professional Development Committee Member - Summer 2013 to present
AIA:NEI Panel Discussion Commentator - September 10, 2013
Rebuilding Together Aurora Community Block Rebuild - April 2013
AIA:NEI Architecture Week Task Force - April 2013 and 2014
Rebuilding Together Aurora Design Charrette - January 2013

Provide various levels of architecture and design work including design development, schematic and construction documents, project coordination, design iterations, shop drawings and submittals, construction administration, proposals, and anything else that I can tackle.

Key Projects:
Valparaiso University Residence Hall (Valparaiso, IN) - Model for interview, SD through CD

Co-Founder, Designer, Innovator

(2 years 7 months)Greater Chicago Area

As co-founder of ToastingDesign, our small group comes together to discuss various problems and compete in occassional design competitions. We also work to support each other in our various professional endeavors.

Architecture Intern

FGM Architects
(5 months)Oak Brook, Illinois

As an architecture intern at FGM, I work on various levels of drawing production (SD and CD) in both CAD and Revit. I participate in coordination meetings and site visits as necessary.

Sustainability Reporting Coordinator at the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability

Illinois Institute of Technology
(3 months)Greater Chicago Area

Coordination and documentation of final STARS submission report and other sustainability initiatives at IIT

STARS Implementation Coordinator at the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability

Illinois Institute of Technology
(9 months)

Coordination for the IIT application submission for the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) for higher education.

Architect / Project Manager

(4 months)

Design, management, and construction of addition and renovation to my parent's house. 800 square feet of total renovated space including basement and first floor addition, kitchen renovation, new bathroom, multi-room renovations, electrical, plumbing, HVAC. Design and permit drawings, managed on-site operations, coordinated with general and sub contractors, construction work.

Green Projects Coordinator at the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability

Illinois Institute of Technology
(7 months)

LEED requirements organization and Green Building Action Plan Coordinator for the IIT Sustainability Plan

Architecture Intern

DRS Architects
(9 months)

Responsibilities (construction drawings, layouts, and corrections, scale model, site visits, measurements of existing conditions, meetings, design)
Project Types (higher education, hospitality, commercial, multi-family residential)
Project Scopes (new construction, renovation, master planning)

Architecture Intern

Gerald Lee Morosco Architects, P.C.
(4 months)

Responsibilities (organize/update architectural library, CAD drawings, site measurements)
Project Types (residential, light commercial/retail)
Project Scopes (renovations)


Feek Your Imagination Furniture Design Competition(Link)

The FGM Chicago entry was awarded 1st Place in the "Feek Your Imagination" furniture design competition!

Trendway Corporation, exclusive dealer of the Feek North America furniture line asked architects and interior designers to participate in the “Feek your Imagination” competition. Teams were asked to design a unique Feek piece.

Our team was inspired by the idea of multi-use furniture in the constraint of the 4’x4’x5’ cube. We were then inspired by the tangram, a Chinese wooden puzzle that started as a cube and could be taken apart and put back together. Our concept statement expresses the rest:

“In the late eighteenth century, the tangram, a Chinese wooden puzzle, fascinated the human mind. It consisted of multiple pieces that could be assembled into many shapes, one of which was a cube. Fast forward to modern times. And apply that concept to foam furniture.

The modern lifestyle begs for practicality, temporality, and flexibility. In order to encourage creative thought, working, studying, lounging, and hanging out also must prove adaptable and unconventional. The compact and space efficient "tanakube" responds to this need with the ability to fit together like the ancient Chinese puzzle.

The "tanakube" is a puzzle with limitless solutions. Discover them.”

Our presentation (originally in Prezi presentation format) can be found on YouTube and the facebook link above:

Team members:

Beyond The Box - Affordable Multi-family Housing for the San Fernando Valley (Competition)(Link)

[ 2nd Place Award ]

Hosted by the AIA-San Fernando Valley Chapter, the first annual 2012 National IDP Design Competition focused on the design of a building containing affordable housing in California, primarily the San Fernando Valley. Maximum unit efficiency and utility design coupled with an exciting resident experience became the main focus of the project. These goals were accomplished through the use of moveable partitions, balconies and large openings, central courtyard/playground integration, and circulation around the perimeter of the building. The housing scheme could also expand with the addition of mixed-use retail and community space, giving the project the potential to become an integral node in the community.

The unique characteristics and mixed-use potential of the Beyond the Box project has the potential to serve as a model for affordable housing design within the San Fernando Valley and Beyond.

Team members:

Living Aleutian Home Design(Link)

Developed a practical, affordable and replicable 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom 1,100 square foot home in a very remote community to the imperatives of the Living Building Challenge 2.0. The solution addresses housing costs across the region with reasonable modifications for site variability by being grounded in real, current, and proven technology.

Team members:

(re)fortify 2014(Link)

Calling all designers who grew up making blanket tents, bed sheet shelters, and couch cushion cabins! (re)fortify is a new and exciting local design competition where small teams work with local youths to create amazing feats of textile architecture!

All proceeds (blankets, sheets, towels, clothing) will be donated to keep warm neighbors of ours less fortunate this winter.

Team members:

CANstruction 2014_Chicago(Link)

– Present

Canstruction, Inc. is an international non profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
Visit the Corporate website at

Canstruction was founded in 1992 by the late Cheri Melillo and her colleagues from the Society for Design Administration (SDA). Melillo was first inspired by the notion of Canstruction through trial competitions held in SDA offices in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA. Cheri created a Canstruction New York City chapter and held the first official Canstruction Competition in New York City on November 13, 1993.

Canstruction® has grown from a New York-based competition to an international competition involving the entire design and construction industry in over 150 cities across the world. Every local winner goes on to compete, internationally via digital photography. Official award categories include: Honorable Mention, Juror’s Favorite, Best Meal, Peoples Choice, Best Use of Labels and Structural Integrity. Recognized for our commitment to innovation, hunger relief and collaboration, our work has helped raise over 21 million pounds of food since 1992 and continues to impact communities across the world.

Our Mission: To feed and inspire the world – one can at a time.

Team members:


  • AutoCAD
  • Revit
  • Microsoft Office
  • SketchUp
  • 3D Studio Max
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Model Making
  • Problem Solving
  • collaboration
  • Architectural Design
  • Visual Presentations
  • Leadership
  • Sustainable Design
  • Green Building
  • Construction Drawings
  • LEED
  • Comprehensive Planning
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Illinois Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Construction Management, Architecture and Construction Management, 3.7

honors: Graduated 2011 Cum Laude, Dean’s List (2006-2011) (Major GPA 3.720, Cumulative GPA 3.687)

scholarships: IIT Leadership Academy Full Tuition (2009-2011); IIT Cameras Heald (2006-2009); Samuel Horowitz Memorial (Fall 2008); Thomas Roszak IIT Freshman Architecture (2006); NAWIC scholarship for architectural education (2006)

awards: Two Merit Citation Awards (Leading Edge Design Competition, Spring 2010); Clinton E Stryker Distinguished Service Award (IIT, 2010)

Activities and Societies: leadership: IIT Black Knight, Team Leader for Uganda banda project (nominee for IPRO Student Leadership Award); IIT Leadership Academy Scholar; National Society of Leadership and Success involvement: Elliott Donnelly Youth Center Design Charrette (Fall 2010); IIT Sustainability Forums; Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break (Spring 2010); IIT Strike Force Bowling League; IIT Days of Service; The Big Event 2010; Student Union Board Treasurer (2008-2010)

ECOSA Institute

Summer Workshop Program, June 2009
Environmental Design/Construction Methods and Materials

Honors & Awards

2nd Place in the 2012 National IDP Design Competition

American Institute of Architects, San Fernando Valley Chapter

The Beyond the Box team placed 2nd in the National IDP Design Competition with their project "Beyond the Box - Affordable Multi-family Housing for the San Fernando Valley." (please refer to the "Projects" LinkedIn section for additional project information)

Beyond the Box team:
ToastingDesign group (Aric Austermann, Matthew Abbott, Mark Swingler, Ryan Bloom)
Engineering Professional Marcos Guerrero
Architect/mentor Steve Beck

Additional Honors & Awards

IIT Leadership Academy Full Tuition Scholarship (2009-2011)
IIT $17,000/year five year tuition scholarship (2006-2009)
Samuel Horowitz Memorial $750 Scholarship (Fall 2008)
Thomas Roszak $5,000 Freshman Architecture Scholarship (2006-2007)
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) $1,500 scholarship for architecture education (2006-2007)
Second place - Amphitheater Design Competition (spring 2006)

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Community Rebuild Participant

Rebuilding Together Aurora
(4 months)

Community Design Charrette Participant - January 2013
Community Rebuild Participant - April 2013


Rebuilding Together Warner Robbins Georgia

1 week spring break trip to Warner Robbins, Georgia to assist in renovating multiple homes for Rebuilding Together and a home for Habitat for Humanity

Opportunities Ryan is looking for:

  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Ryan cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Ryan supports:

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