Steamboat architect Marsden named Young Professional of the Year |

Steamboat architect Marsden named Young Professional of the Year

Ryan Marsden won the Navigator Award
John F. Russell

— On a wall above Ryan Marsden’s cubicle is a rendering of a five-bedroom mansion in Truckee, Calif., an innovative project in which the 25-year-old architect takes pride.

But outside the professional realm, Marsden has taken his creativity into the community, using his passion for his hometown of Steamboat Springs as the motivation for significant involvement in drafting its future.

Ryan Marsden, a founding member of the Young Professionals Network of Ste­­­am­boat Springs, will be presented today with the Navigator Award for Young Professional of the Year.

“It’s a huge honor to get this award,” Marsden said, “that my peers and community thought I’ve had a positive impact.”

Marsden will be presented with his award during the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s annual meeting and luncheon today. The Navigator Awards are co-sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

While attending college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Marsden never imagined he’d return to his hometown.

Before graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, Marsden was granted an interview with Kelly & Stone Architects and was offered a job right out of school.

He’s been with the company ever since, working out of a comfortable cubicle with his dog, Rocky, at his feet.

Now a designer and project manager at the local firm, Marsden couldn’t imagine living in — or being involved in the prosperity of — any other community.

During his participation in Leadership Steamboat 2010, Marsden was instrumental in planning and designing the Community Roots Garden on Oak Street, presenting renderings to the City Council and helping build the individual flower beds.

With the Young Professionals Network, Marsden is chairman of the Fresh Air Committee, which plans events for YPN members to get outdoors and be involved in community activities.

“They’re the future of the community, the future leaders,” Marsden said about the role of young professionals in Steamboat. “It’s important for us to be involved and engaged with the community and other professionals, because as the older generation phases out and the younger generation phases in, we’re the ones that are going to keep Steamboat a vibrant place to live.”

In a recent news release from YPN, Stacy Huffman, chair of the YPN board of directors and a past Young Professional of the Year honoree, said the honor is fitting of Marsden’s community commitment.

“He represents the heart and soul of what YPN means to the Yampa Valley, being an active member of not only YPN but the community as a whole,” Huffman said. “As a board member of YPN, a graduate of Leadership Steamboat and an active volunteer in the community, Ryan is constantly striving to find new ways to make his hometown grow and prosper. We are extremely fortunate to have him as a member of YPN.”

Tim Stone, principal architect at KSA, was one of those who nominated Marsden for the award.

“We’re thrilled,” Stone said. “And he’s incredibly deserving of the award. He’s been an exemplary member of the community for as long as he’s been employed here. His commitment to Steamboat is an incredible example to the community.”

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