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Master of Architecture, Tulane University
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas
Minor History of Architecture, University of Texas
Joined studioWTA in 2014

Ray’s passion for architecture is rooted in the reward that stems from celebrating material honesty and bearing an awareness of design sustainability. Committed to architectural design for more than a decade, Ray has worked on projects of all scales, both locally and internationally with numerous architects.

While earning his Master’s from Tulane University, he was awarded the John William Lawrence Research Travel Fellowship, enabling him to travel to Copenhagen and Malmo. There, he documented the local design community’s response toward the Nordic governments’ progressive disposition against environmental degradation.

Ray’s thesis at Tulane investigated sustainable construction through the redevelopment of an abandoned million-and-a-half square foot naval base in the Bywater neighborhood. Breathing new life into the neglected structure called for proposing a mixed-use development that engaged the surrounding community with new artist lofts, community gardens, a farmers market, and a new maritime museum that welcomed views of the Mississippi River. Upon graduation, Ray’s Thesis was exhibited among a select group of other students’ work at the Ogden Museum.

In addition to working alongside the talented team of designers and architects at studioWTA, Ray also teaches at Tulane’s School of Architecture. When he’s not doing either one of those things, he plays percussive riffs at the helm of a drum set, a passion of his since youth.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography