(written from a Production point of view)
Ryan Michael Church (born 18 July 1971; age 43) is a Hollywood film concept artist who worked on Star Trek. As the film's concept designer, Church was the one primarily working on the updated design for the USS Enterprise.  He worked on Star Trek from April 2007 through January 2008. 
Born in Long Beach, California, Church was taught how to draw by his industrial designer father when he was a child. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) while honing his design skills by taking night classes at the Art Center College of Design. In 1994, he began attending the Art Center full-time, ultimately graduating "with honors as a Transportation Design major with emphasis on Entertainment Design". 
From June 1998 through April 2005 Church was Senior Art Director at Industrial Light & Magic. While there, he supervised concept designs for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and did creature designs for the remake of War of the Worlds. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he did design work on the Transformers movie (which, like Star Trek, was written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci). He also did concept art for the film Outlander, starring Ron Perlman.
Star Trek will mark the second time Church has worked with fellow concept artist James Clyne. The two previously worked together on James Cameron's Avatar, which also stars Zoë Saldana. He also worked on Transformers 2, and is currently working on John Carter of Mars, slated for release in 2012.