Ralph Spencer Steenblik has lectured, published, exhibited, and curated globally. His work exhibited at Art Basel, VERGE 19, Site Santa Fe’s Design Lab, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and in London, Berlin, Barcelona, and Wenzhou, China, focuses on the crossover between analog and digital processes. He spoke at Tongji University's CAUP digitalFUTURES, CAADRIA, CAAD Futures(Korea), ACADIA(MIT), AIANY; and as a keynote at a symposium at Yonsei University. His work is published prolifically. An invited peer-reviewer for The International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), he also oversaw the masterplan for a rural Chinese village, published as "A Manifesto for Xinwu Village".
A professor at Kean University's School of Public Architecture, he has taught at Pratt Institute, NJIT, CUNY, and has sat as critic on juries at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Pratt, CUNY, FIT, Parsons, NJIT, NYIT, Wesleyan University, Kean University, University of Hartford, and ISU (ID). His influence has been felt at design offices such as Asymptote and is a founding member of an innovation platform at Pelli Clarke Pelli. Some projects of note include The Hudson Yards Masterplan, The Ping An International Finance Centre (second tallest building in China), The Beinecke Library renovation at Yale University, Arizona State University Business School in Tempe, USA, and renovation at the World Financial Center, New York. He founded his interdisciplinary project, phi architecture, with clients such as Google, Huayi Space, and Venture Anyway, in 2004. He holds a masters from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture).
Steenblik acts from the philosophy that interdisciplinary collaborations infuse spaces with nuanced solutions, and is interested in creating urban complexity and intricacy on the macroscale and inspiring, interactive spaces on the micro scale. Incorporating advanced digital tools and sustainability offers new opportunities to this ongoing project.