Ralph Stern received his professional and academic education in the United States and Germany. He has held professional licensure in Germany (Berlin) and maintains professional licensure in the United States (New York), where he is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in Canada (Manitoba), where he is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
He has extensive international teaching experience. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Professor Stern taught in the United States and Europe, including at the Technical University Berlin and the University of the Arts Berlin, where he was co-director of the Program for Urban Processes. He served as Visiting Faculty for the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics; the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University; and the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program at MIT. He has also been a Research Associate in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Cambridge and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Bauhaus University Weimar.
He lectures extensively, presenting research in the United States at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, MIT, University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Dallas Architecture Forum. In Europe he has lectured at the Architectural Association London, University of Edinburgh, Cambridge University, American Academy in Rome / Bibliotheca Hertziana, Werner Oechslin Foundation, Art Historical Institute of Heidelberg University, Berlin Academy of the Arts and the Bauhaus University Weimar among many other venues.