Portrait of a GFFer: Ryan Wilson

Ryan joined GFF nearly one year ago and is a member of GFF Planning. In reading Ryan’s fun facts, it is clear that he stays busy both both inside and outside the office! If you’ve never heard of a quadcopter, ask this hard working guy. From Frank Gehry to 1966 Mustangs, mountain climbing to baking he has a broad range of interests and surely can provide interesting conversation!

  1. I have spent half my life in Kansas and Colorado. I was born in Kansas, but I prefer to say I from Colorado for reasons I think are implicit.
  2. In the summer I enjoy hiking 14ers: mountains over 14,000 feet, and I have climbed 17 of them to date.
  3. I studied abroad in London at the Architecture Association.
  4. I am legally blind in my left eye.
  5. My favorite book is Ender’s Game and the author who has made the most impact on me is Jane Jacobs who wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
  6. A few friends and I have just bought a quadcopter which I am excited to build, fly, and potentially make epic movies.
  7. I still live like a college student. I sublet a room from a lady I met on Craigslist and do not have regular access to the kitchen. I take advantage of the walkable landscape, something that I advocate. That and the cheap rent.
  8. In my free time I am learning to ballroom dance. I also enjoy meeting up with friends once a week to cook random meals and drink wine.
  9. I have been restoring a 1966 Mustang for nearly a decade. Maybe one day I will be able to drive it down.
  10. I have known that I wanted to be an architect ever since seventh grade when my English teacher had us do a writing assignment on an architect. By chance, I picked Frank Gehry and have been hooked ever since; however, if I fail at being an architect I want to a baker so I can be surrounded by the smell of bread and be responsible for making people happy.