Ryan Church (concept artist)

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Ryan Church
Born (1971-07-18) July 18, 1971 (age 44)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Education B.S. Art Center College of Design
Occupation Concept designer, industrial designer
Years active 1998 - present
Website www.ryanchurch.com

Ryan Church (born July 18, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is an American concept designer best known for his designs of vehicles, planets, and architectures as a concept design supervisor on George Lucas's Star Wars Episode II, Episode III, and of the tripods in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.[1][2]

He worked on James Cameron's Avatar (2009) and is responsible for the updated design of the USS Enterprise in J. J. Abrams's Star Trek films.[2][3]

Church graduated with honors in Transportation Design with emphasis on Entertainment Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.


Video games[edit]

  • Star Citizen (2015): Church creates concept art of spaceships for the upcoming PC game:[4]
The Bengal Carrier
The RSI Aurora[4]
The RSI Constellation[5] and its deployable fighter[6]
The Idris Frigate[7]
The Retaliator Bomber[8]
Ship interiors are designed so that spaces and elements are fully functional while fitting logically within the shape of the spacecraft and often have features appropriate to the scale of the ship, for example sleeping areas.[6][8]


  1. ^ Church, Ryan (13 July 2005). Otherworldly Concept Designs of Ryan Church. Animation World Network. Interview with Ellen Wolff. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Anders, Charlie Jane (10 June 2008). "Ryan Church, Master Of Creatures And Robots". io9. Design Geniuses: 10 Hollywood Designers To Watch Out For. Kinja. Archived from the original on 14 June 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Big Reaction To New Enterprise – New Designer Responds". TrekMovie. SciFanatic Network. 12 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Reahard, Jef (27 April 2013). "Star Citizen's Aurora revealed, Roberts explains further crowdfunding goals". Massively. AOL. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Dammes, Matthias (16 November 2012). "Star Citizen: RSI Constellation Mk3 im Detail vorgestellt" [Star Citizen: RSI Constellation Mk3 presented in detail]. PC Games (in German). Computec Media. Archived from the original on 25 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, Chris; Church, Ryan (15 November 2012). Star Citizen: Ship Design and Star Wars Fantasies. IGN. Interview with Anthony Gallegos. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Reahard, Jef (30 June 2013). "The best bits of Star Citizen's 24-hour livestream". Massively. Stick and Rudder. AOL. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Roberts, Chris (7 January 2015). Star Citizen: Crowdfunding’s Final Frontier. Red Bull Games. Interview with Rich Wordsworth. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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