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Curriculum Vitae


High School Diploma – Yukon High School in Yukon, Oklahoma 2003

Emergency Medical Technician / Municipal Fire Training / Emergency - National Registered Emergency Medical Technician - Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Campus (2005)

Associates Degree – General Engineering – Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City 2008

Bachelor of Science - Architecture with a Minor in Art History - Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Campus 2013

Fine Art & Gallery Shows

“Provocations” - RAW Natural Born Artists - Vanguard - Tulsa, OK (2012)
“Artist of the Year Finalist” - RAW Natural Born Artists - Vanguard - Tulsa, OK (2012)
“En Masse” - RAW Natural Born Artists - Life Studio in Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2013)
“Panorama” - RAW Natural Born Artists - Lizard Lounge in Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2014)

“3rd Annual Artist vs. Architect Collaborative Event” - One Arts Plaza in the Art’s District - Dallas, TX (2014) *(Selected as one of four AvA Founder choices)

“JM Gallery of One Art’s Plaza” - JM Gallery One Arts Plaza in the Art’s District - Dallas, TX (2015)
“Futures” - RAW Natural Born Artists - GAS Monkey Live - Dallas, TX (2016)

“For the Love of Kettle” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2016)

“For the Love of the Artists” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2016)

“Bishop Arts - Art Garden Project Preview” - Bishop Arts Gallery - Bishop Arts - Dallas, TX (2016)      

“For the Love of Kettle” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2020)

“For the Love of the Artists” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2020)
“Studio Works Collections” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2020)

“Studio Works Collections” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2021)

“Studio Works Collections” - Kettle Art Gallery - Deep Ellum - Dallas, TX (2022)

Individual & Team Awards

“Runner-Up Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest” - Architectural Record (2018)

“Finalist - Professional Travel Sketch Category” - AIA KRob Delineation Competition (2021) - The Alamo Travel Sketch - Watercolor and ink

“Finalist - Professional Travel Sketch Category” - AIA KRob Delineation Competition (2021) - Morocco Travel Sketch - Watercolor and ink

“Finalist - Professional Travel Sketch Category” - AIA KRob Delineation Competition (2022) - Seattle Travel Sketch - Watercolor and ink


Architectural Awards Received while at HKS Inc. (not at Ryan Rankin Art, LLC.)

2022 18th Annual Hospitality Design Award - Midscale Hotel - Austin Marriott Downtown

2018 Maryland AIA Chapters - Excellence in Design Awards - Potomac Landmark MGM National Harbor

2018 - 57th Annual Downtown Denver Award - Le Meridien AC Hotel

2017 NAIOP DC/MD Chapter, Award of Excellence, Best Master Plan / Mixed - Use Project - Potomac Landmark MGM National Harbor




Architectural Record 2018 Cocktail Napkin Contest

Meet Ryan Rankin - Voyage Dallas Interview Meet Ryan Rankin - Voyage Dallas Interview - Voyage Group of Magazines LLC DMCA Agent



Overland Partners - Senior Designer - Dallas, TX - Hospitality, Sports, and Entertainment (2022 - Current)


Ryan Rankin is a Senior Project Designer with Overland that has a demonstrated background in world travel, art, emergency medical services & municipal fire protection, and an array of highly complex mixed-use and hospitality architectural projects all over the world. Graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2013 with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Art History, Ryan quickly began to discover his interest in the symbiotic relationship between art, travel and architecture. 

Ryan also has a passion for learning about new countries and their customs, and enjoys spending time talking to locals to get a better understanding of their way of life. Ryan loves to document his travels through watercolors and photography, and hopes to one day share his stories with others in order to inspire them to explore the world for themselves.


With key interests in the user experience and how a project connects to its context and community, Ryan has designed many complex projects all over the world. While all of these projects are made up of huge teams of highly skilled individuals; his most notable previous projects include the MGM Hotel & Resort in National Harbor, the Austin Marriott Downton, the Renaissance Dallas at Legacy West Hotel in Plano, the Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront in Portland Maine, and several international projects throughout Mexico, Brazil, China and the Middle East.    

Ryan is always looking for new and innovative ways to express his love for travel, art, and people. He is constantly exploring new mediums and techniques to push the boundaries of his craft. Ryan currently resides in Dallas with his wife and a son and loves cycling, machines, fishing and hiking. 

Fine Art - Freelance Artist (2011 - Current) & Ryan Rankin Art, LLC - Dallas, TX - Artist and Owner (2019 - Current)


Watercolor Artist Job Description


Watercolor Artists job description includes creating 2-D representations of realistic or abstract scenes or items with paints that are not oil-based.

Watercolor Artist includes combining knowledge of color, texture, perspective, space and other visual design principles with creative and technical abilities to create compelling or evocative works of art.

Art Studio Owner Job Description

The primary role of this position is to build and maintain the artist’s archive, execute art handling/storing, and manage the administrative aspects of the studio. Displays managerial experience in the arts; experience with detailed database management; ability to operate under pressure from ongoing exhibition, event and press deadlines; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to prioritize, solve problems and be resourceful.

HKS Architects - Dallas, TX - Hospitality Project Designer (2013 - 2022)

Internal Leadership & Volunteering   

Immersive Technologies Champion for Hospitality Studios

Top Projects / Internal Review Process

Intern Committee - organize and teach watercolor / graphics course every summer

AIA Dallas Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition – Committee member since 2017

Selected International Luxury Resorts, Urban Hotels, & Masterplans


Hotel & Resort in Recife, Brazil - Schematic Design to Design Documentation

Four Seasons Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Design Documentation (Opened 2018)

Mixed Use Tower in Monterrey, Mexico - Concept Design and Site Planning

Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, Mexico - Schematic Design & Site Planning

MGM Hotel & Resort in National Harbor, MD - Schematic Design to Construction Documents (Opened 2016)

Le Meridien & AC Hotel in Denver, CO - Schematic Design to CA (Opened 2017)

​Renaissance Dallas at Legacy West Hotel in Plano, TX - Design Documentation to CA (Opened 2017)

Live! by Loews Hotel in Arlington, TX - Early Concept and Interior Mural Designs (Opened 2019)

Stonebriar Hyatt Regency Hotel in Frisco, TX - Concept to Open (Opened 2020)

The Otis Hotel, Autograph in Austin, TX - Schematic Design to Construction Documents (Opened 2020)

​Marriott Downtown Austin Convention Hotel - Austin, TX - Schematic Design to Open (Opened 2020)

​Confidential Resort in Hot Springs, AR - Site Remediation, Feasibility, Masterplan, and Renewal Project           

Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront in Portland, Maine - Concept & Design (No AOR work) (Opened 2021)

Confidential Competition in Saudi Arabia - Hyper Luxury Masterplan and Concept Package

Confidential Competition in Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia Dual Family Resort Masterplans and Concept Packages (

Confidential Resort Hotel & Casino in Norfolk, VA - Competition Win to Concept to Construction Documents (Future Opening 2024)

Confidential All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico - Luxury Masterplan Feasibility and Concept Packages     

All Hands Volunteering - Nepal - Earthquake Disaster Relief and Recovery - Design / Rubble Removal (October 2015 - November 2015)

After 15 months in Nepal, All Hands Volunteers has impacted over 20,000 people throughout our response and recovery efforts.  A total of 1,751 volunteers from 72 countries have donated 136,999 volunteer hours toward putting families back in homes and kids back in schools in Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, and Nuwakot. In addition to this core focus, we have been involved in numerous community projects such as masonry training, school reading projects, water catchment systems, and more. After more than a year, the Nepali people are still in dire need. As a result, All Hands Volunteers has focused our efforts on one goal- getting the children of Nepal back to school.



8+ Years of Architectural Design (9+ built projects)

5 Year accredited professional architectural degree from Oklahoma State University

Associates in Engineering

Architectural registration (IDP/AXP) in progress for Texas, currently testing and all hours completed. Current goal is license in 2023

10+ years of experience in architecture illustration, +6 years working with AR/VR immersive tech, and 10+ years in small business operations, art, and various smaller design projects

+10 Years of Volunteering locally and abroad including the rebuilding in Nepal in 2015 after the severe earthquake disaster.

Proficiency in all BIM and Revit software’s

Proficiency in architectural software such as 3D modeling (including Rhino and Grasshopper, Sketchup, Enscape, Yulio VR, HTC Vive, Oculus etc.) and AutoCAD

High proficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and InDesign graphic software

Proficiency in MS Office Suite

Knowledge of AIA Design Excellence + LEED & WELL Sustainability and integrated design guidelines

Knowledge of furniture, furnishings, and equipment (FF&E) and Environmental Graphic process

Experience with the entire project life cycle, through post-occupancy

Strong knowledge of materials, construction techniques and building codes

Strong presentation skills and graphic and visualization skills to communicate design ideas

Strong organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time

Ability to maintain existing client relationships and build new client relationships

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and professional manner both verbally and in writing

Ability to problem solve and apply innovative solutions Ability to work and collaborate in a team environment

Ability to effectively meet deadlines at expected quality


Professional Recommendations and Reviews

KC Hall

Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness at Slalom


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ryan for the past five years and he is a true stand out. He has an infectious energy about him, and it shows in his work. He is proactive in engaging above and beyond his role always looking for opportunities to raise the bar for his studio and office. Ryan is committed to developing his own skill set and acts as a mentor to those in his studio. He is a natural leader with a passion for learning and architecture that will take him far in his career. It’s been an honor to have him as a colleague and friend.


Melissa Voelker

Director of Pre-Construction + Special Projects at Hines


I have worked with Ryan for many years now and find him to be exceptional in all he seeks out. It does not matter what he does - design, watercolor, or anything creative - he far surpasses the expectations. In addition, and above, he is kind and thoughtful with an incredible work ethic. He is an absolute pleasure to work alongside.


Hilda Espinal, AIA, LEED AP

Chief Technology Officer at Cannon Design


I had the pleasure of working with Ryan in the inception of bringing Immersive experiences to Architectural Design and Visualization at HKS. Not only is he an EXTREMELY talented artist, but he also gets the technology and is a pleasure to work with. Likely one of the most culturally sensitive individuals I had the pleasure to work with while in Dallas.


Scott Ewert

SVP - Talent Acquisition / Employer Branding / Innovation


For such a young guy, Ryan is wise beyond his years. He embarked on a journey that took him all over the globe to gain perspective, which has made him a better designer and more in touch with his team and clients. He shares my drive to innovate, and I know he will continue to be an agent of change at HKS. He is also an all-around good dude.



Regan Holton, AIA, NCARB

Visual Storyteller - SB Architects


Ryan is a huge asset for our Hospitality team. On several occasions since he has been with HKS, Ryan has demonstrated a capacity for quick problem solving, excellent design instincts, and a work ethic second to none. I would work with Ryan any time on any project.


Simon Manning

Design Visualization / Freelance Designer / Logitech Design Consultant


Ryan is a catalyst. He excels at bringing the right people to the table. This entrepreneurial skill set makes him well suited to leadership. Ryan’s strengths lie in high impact moves that lead the eye and guide the viewer, much like his dynamic paintings.

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