“Buildings may look cool, but are a culture’s values and ideologies built in?” This question will be at the heart of Ryan Beitz’s (M.A. ’16) research as a Fulbright grantee in Finland this year.
“I want to use architecture to actually generate new ways of living,” he says. “Philosophy generates the ideas.”
During his time as a philosophy graduate student at Loyola Marymount University, Beitz attended all departmental colloquia, was a Rains Research Assistant for professors Theresia De Vroom and Eric Perl, and was awarded a graduate assistantship at LMU’s Marymount Institute Press. Beitz also presented his papers at eight conferences worldwide, from Canada to Poland.
With his many accomplishments, it comes as no surprise that Beitz was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant for the 2016-17 academic year. He plans to research philosophy and architecture in Finland from August until June, and then attend Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to pursue a doctorate in philosophy. He is excited to complete his research that will examine human physicality in spaces.
“Architecture and philosophy together can open new possibilities for the world,” he says.
Learn more about LMU’s M.A. in Philosophy graduate program.