An experienced landscape architect and urban planner, Ryan Madson joined the SCAD faculty in 2011 with a passion for preparing students to shape the cities of the future. In addition to teaching, he is the graduate coordinator and thesis chair for the M.U.D. program. In 2013, he led a team of urban design graduate students on a SCAD Design Studio project to revitalize Highway 17 in Brunswick, Georgia, an effort that involved collaborating with local government and citizens to research and design proposals. Prior to his arrival at SCAD, Madson worked as a postgraduate researcher, graphic designer and teaching assistant at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The founder of Madson Modern Workshop, which provides landscape, urban and architectural design and planning services, he received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard, a M.U.D. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in English and Literature from Georgia Southern University. He worked previously at Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Lott + Barber, and as a neighborhood coordinator and planner for the city of Savannah. He is a member of the Savannah Historic Site and Monument Commission.