RVTR is an experimental design research lab at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning embedded within the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a professional architecture practice in Toronto ON. Our work operates across scales to position design as an active agent in continually evolving ecologies. Our projects range from the visioning of the urban future of regional territories, to high performance building design, to prototype-based research in responsive envelope systems and to digitally crafted objects. These operational scales are tied together through a complex systems approach to design. Since our inception in 2007, the three directors – Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov and Colin Ripley – have worked to integrate design research within practice contexts as a means to advance both professional and disciplinary discourse and the quality of resulting work. Our studio environments operate as experimental think tanks - horizontally organized to engage the full breadth of our team’s input in each facet of project development. RVTR  regularly collaborates with broad multidisciplinary teams of academic, scientific, industry partners and professional consultants - enabling a deep and informed approach to integrated design.

RVTR's work has been recognized with numerous awards including a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in The Practice of Architecture (2011),  R&D Awards from Architecture Magazine (2010, 2016), the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts (2009), the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (2008). The work has been exhibited and widely published internationally. In 2016, RVTR represented Canada at the Venice Bienalle as part of the Extraction project team led by Pierre Belanger.

Current Team

Andrew Kremers (Research Associate / Project Coordinator)

Tithi Sanyal (Research Assistant)

Jiushuai Zhang (Research Assistant)

Josh Kremers (Research Assistant)

Dicle Taskin (Research Associate) 

Han Zhang (Research Assistant)


Jose Uribe (2007), Mauro Carreño (2007), Mark Friesner (2007), Zhivka Hristova (2007), Leila Mazhari (2007), Clayton Payer (2007-2008), Matthew Storus (2007-2008), Maya Przybilski (2007-2008), Lauren Abrahams (2008), Mike Blois (2008), Sonya Storey-Fleming (2008), Jeff Cheng (2008), Mathew Peddie (2008-2011), Zain Abusair (2009-2011), Mary O’Malley (2010- 2015), Din Blankenship (2011), Lauren Shirley (2011), Lisa Sauve (2011-2013), Adam Smith (2011-2013), Dan McTavish (2011-2015), Ian Ting (2011-2013), Richard Tursky (2012), David Weinriech (2012), Charles Gurrey (2012-2013), Hans Papke (2013), Anthony Pins (2013-2014), Caileigh MacKellar (2013-2015), Michael Sanserson (2013), Yunzhi Ou (2013), Wiltrud Simbuerger (2013-2014), John Hilmes (2013), Nick Safley (2014), Eric Meyer (2014), Christina Kull (2014), Andrew Wald (2014-2016), Di Wu (2015), Stefan Cavezzali (2015), Stephen Sarver (2015), Lucien Menair (2015), Jen Ng (2015), Kallie Sternburgh (2015-2016), Suo Ya (2015-2016) Karen Toomasian (2015-2016), Daniel Tish (2015-2018), Travis Crabtree (2016-2017), Lauren Lahr (2017-2018), Peter Watkins (2017-2018),  Kevin Raley (2018), Emine Seda Kayim (2018), Rebecca Smith (2018)