Ray’s appreciation for art and design began when his parents—after discovering he could draw at a young age—enrolled him in art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. This early creative experience would be the trajectory for Ray’s career as a designer. His buildings engage the landscape with choreography and robust forms while his approach integrates architecture, landscape, and interpretive design, resulting in experiences that intimately connect people to the natural and human-made environment.
Ray brings a depth of experience and great enthusiasm to a broad range of building types, leading teams in a collaborative design process to achieve extraordinary, award-winning projects, including civic and cultural destinations, corporate headquarters, academic buildings, retail experiences and private residences across the United States and Canada. Ray is also a curatorial leader within the practice and has been instrumental in the creation of its celebrated monographs, including its most recent publication Gathering. Ray frequently speaks at regional, national, and international design conferences and serves as a design critic at schools of architecture around the country.
EducationVirginia Polytechnic and State University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1994
Professional AffilliationsAmerican Institute of Architects College of Fellows
Arcade Board Member
Society of College and University Planners
Selected Honors and Press
- AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Merit Award, Jackson Residence
- AIA National Housing Award, Kicking Horse Residence
- AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Merit Award, Grand Teton Visitor Center
- IDEAS2 Honor Award, Nu Skin Innovation Center