Compass Agent | Urbanist | Designer


Ryan works with buyers and sellers to achieve their San Francisco real estate goals through deep understanding of his clients’ needs and a structured, market data-oriented approach to his business. His properties have spanned the city from the crooked curves of Lombard Street to the heart of the Mission, and he finds a particular joy in helping people discover new gems of neighborhoods and unique homes within them.

Ryan has had a lifelong love for finding and creating beautiful spaces for other people. Coming from a family of real estate agents and title insurance officers, Ryan’s childhood weekends were often spent repairing apartments for tenants, visiting new properties, or contributing to works-in-progress. These formative experiences gave him an appreciation for both the joys and challenges inherent in real estate, and how to help his clients avoid the latter.

Prior to Ryan’s real estate career, he was a successful architectural designer and holds Masters of Architecture and Masters of City Planning degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a globally top-ranked school in both disciplines. As an architect, Ryan’s work spanned the globe from San Francisco to Shanghai to Siem Reap and ran the gamut from high-end residential and commercial projects to conceptual entries for highly prestigious design competitions. His design training allows him to imagine new possibilities and potential in properties that others overlook, and to be realistic about the feasibility of achieving them. Ryan is a member of SPUR (SF Planning & Urban Research Association).


Ryan has had a long-time commitment toward using architecture and real estate to benefit others, including designing a pediatric hospital wing in Cambodia and a community health center in New Orleans. In this spirit, he donates a portion of his proceeds from every real estate transaction to support the building of homes for needy families in Guatemala through the non-profit Home for a Home.

© 2013 by Ryan Richard.