One day Ryan was asked to dinner and asked "do you know anyone with this skill set" and he said "No, I know two guys with the skills and experience you want who could do this, but the only person i know who could do what you want is me and I'm not looking for a job". After a bite to eat and a crazy contract offer, he was now the global managing director of an architecture firm with offices in 3 countries (UK, Thailand, China) and 400 people depending on me for their future.
He had no architecture training, but that wasn't the job. The job was taste and opinion, while it became more and more apparent he was seen as someone who would bring a sense of reality and the future into architecture.
Most architects design for the next client, not the one they have as they always want the next client and most don't design in the perspective of anything buy design. While what he always instilled was the concept of living.... airflow, where will the sun hit in the morning, lighting, the height of a chair to the table, the size of a door, how a kitchen would be used in operations for a restaurant, how the building surface would affect both the interior and the impact on the view of the public etc.
This all lead to a request, for Ryan to attend and speak at the national stadium in Beijing (The birds nest stadium), on the future of Urban design. "I was only supposed to speak, but after getting to know all of my colleagues, they asked me to give the key note at 33 years old and my peers all being at least 15 years my senior, I was a little shocked and very honoured. What they didn't expect was for me to criticise architects using the phrase green design, without definition. I think it went well as I was then offered two guest professorships in Shanghai and Beijing, which I turned down and asked to speak on the Shell Future cities program."
Ryan advised 3 states on the future of Urban design.
When speaking on the Shell Future Cities panel in Bangkok, Ryan was in a public debate next to the Shell CEO (Thailand) and a professor, who was Shell's global political analysis. The debate was heated and lively, with Ryan bringing a new direction of future planning to the table, in regards to energy and the relationship of infrastructure and energy (Gov. and Private).