Mary-Ann Ray, born in 1958 in Seattle, Washington received her Masters degree in Architecture with honors from Princeton University in 1987, and the prestigious Rome Prize of 1987-1988. Ms. Ray's professional experience includes work with Michael Graves, Architect, and Richard Meier and Partners where she assisted with the design, modelling, and construction documents for the new J.Paul Getty Center and Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Since 1987, she has served as a Principal of STUDIO WORKS in Los Angeles where she has acted as Principal-in-Charge and Project Manager for numerous building projects.
Among the signifigant projects comprising Ms. Ray's experience are the 1998 award winning Milwaukee Montessori School of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Grand Center Master Plan for the City of St. Louis and Grand Center, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, a Plan for Santa Monica Boulevard for the City of West Hollywood, Programming and Planning for the University of Southern California School of Music, Casa per Anziani in Ronciglione, Italy, Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios in Hollywood, California, the Perris California Civic Center (1991), and the Play Spaces project in Des Moines, Iowa of 1989.
Most recently, the Rose and Alex Pilibos School in Hollywood, and two new facilities for the Los Angeles Unified School District- Marshall Primary Center and Central L.A. Area High School #2 (one of the largest new schools in Los Angeles) have received appreciation from their clients and in the popular press (Los Angeles Times, Cover of Calendar Section) as being inspiring state of the art 21st Century buildings for education.
Ms. Ray has lectured widely, has taught at Rice University and Yale University as visiting faculty, and continues as a graduate design studio and seminar faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Ms. Ray also served as Chair of the Environmental Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles during the late 1990's.
Ms. Ray also carries with her 15 years of exprerience in designing and managing projects ranging from furniture to buildings to urban design. These projects are known for holding to extremely strict budgets and timelines. Ms. Ray has led projects, in productive collaboration with many client types- private to public and institutional- through the various processes of design, cost control, consultant coordination, approval agencies including the Division of the State Architect, California Department of Education, and numerous Building Departments to successful completion through construction supervision.
In 2002, the two partners of the firm, Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray were awarded the prestigious Chrysler Design Award for Innovation and Excellence as exemplified in an ongoing body of work in a design field.