Ryan Gorrie is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation on Lake Nipigon). He is a licensed architect in Manitoba, is a Senior Associate of Brook McIlroy, and he leads the firm’s Winnipeg office and Cultural Place Making Studio.
His innate ability to listen to the client, identify user needs and source sensible solutions, allow his design to develop organically and sensibly. Ryan played a key role as a designer and artist of the multi-award winning Spirit Garden on the waterfront in Thunder Bay. The Spirit Garden was conceived through a series of workshops with representatives from Indigenous communities in and around Thunder Bay.
Ryan brings a keen sense of detail and design excellence to his work and has been involved in a variety of design projects for communities, organizations and individuals. Descended from the Red Rock Band, Fort William First Nation and Rocky Bay First Nation, Ryan has a strong sense of identity. He strives to ensure the perpetuation of Indigenous culture through creative opportunities ranging from the crafting of traditional items for ceremonial use to large-scale landmark architecture such as the Spirit Garden.