Ilka Ruby is an architect and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts.
She is principal of Textbild, a Berlin-based agency of architectural communication founded by Ilka and Andreas Ruby in 2001. Predominantly committed to contemporary architecture and design, they write essays, design books, curate exhibitions and organize symposia for a wide array of institutional and cultural clients.
Their publications include Urban transformation (Ruby Press, 2008); Of people and houses: architecture from Styria (HDA, 2008/09); EM2N: both and (GTA, 2009); Re-inventing construction (Ruby Press, 2010); Sadar + Vuga: a review (Hatje Cantz, 2012); MRDV buildings (nai010, 2013); and Infrastructure space (Ruby Press, 2016).
They have organised several international symposia and exhibitions on architecture and design, such as the “Min to Max” symposium on affordable housing and the ravelling exhibition (Druot, Lacation & Vassal – Tour Bois le Prêtre”.
They are also the founders of the German architecture debate platform, www.bkult.de and of the award-winning architecture publishing house Ruby Press.
Ilka Ruby studied architecture at University or Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany. After practicing as an architect for some years, she now works as a graphic designer, editor, and writer.