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Ryan Crooks

2783 Ashburn Lane, Atlanta, GA 30341, United States of America
Ryan Crooks is an architect and professor at Georgia State University in the United States. He has taught and practiced for over 20 years, focusing on human existence and interaction in commercial, institutional, interior, and landscape design.

Beyond Vision


Expressing Meaning with the Senses

Beyond Vision


Expressing Meaning with the Senses
Creating a richer architectural environment through the senses beyond vision.
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  • New areas of operation

We are not able to be present in our physical space, not fully existing in the real world and preferring our own thoughts and the environment of social media. But, our own perspective as well as the internet and its many forms can only provide a limited presentation of reality, limited to the visual and occasionally, audio. Where is the tactile and aromatic, where are the flavors and warmth? The real world allows communication in ways other than words and visual cues--our senses are the pathways to understanding other entities, people, and objects. Architecture must actively use the senses beyond the visual, not simply pay them lip service. We can communicate through all of our senses; we must improve our structures and the built environment by providing sensory cues through the many forms of touch, as well as smell, taste, and sound, when we design and specify the materials and features of a building and its context. Some things cannot be represented through a pretty picture.


Beyond Vision


Expressing Meaning with the Senses

Beyond Vision


Expressing Meaning with the Senses
Creating a richer architectural environment through the senses beyond vision.
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

We are not able to be present in our physical space, not fully existing in the real world and preferring our own thoughts and the environment of social media. But, our own perspective as well as the internet and its many forms can only provide a limited presentation of reality, limited to the visual and occasionally, audio. Where is the tactile and aromatic, where are the flavors and warmth? The real world allows communication in ways other than words and visual cues--our senses are the pathways to understanding other entities, people, and objects. Architecture must actively use the senses beyond the visual, not simply pay them lip service. We can communicate through all of our senses; we must improve our structures and the built environment by providing sensory cues through the many forms of touch, as well as smell, taste, and sound, when we design and specify the materials and features of a building and its context. Some things cannot be represented through a pretty picture.



Idea by

Ryan Crooks
2783 Ashburn Lane
Atlanta, GA 30341
United States of America
Ryan Crooks is an architect and professor at Georgia State University in the United States. He has taught and practiced for over 20 years, focusing on human existence and interaction in commercial, institutional, interior, and landscape design.