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Mary-Ann Ray

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Before joining the Taubman College faculty in 2007 as the Taubman Centennial Professor of Architecture, she held visiting professorships at various universities, including the University of Michigan, Rice University, SCI-Arc and Yale University. With her partner Robert Mangurian, she was twice named Taubman College's Eliel Saarinen visiting professors. She has also served as the Chair of Environmental Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and as an Interim Director at SCI-Arc. She has received numerous Progressive Architecture design awards and citations. Ray and Mangurian received the prestigious Chrysler Design Institute's Award and the Stirling Prize for the Memorial Lecture on the City presented at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the London School of Economics. Additionally, Ray held the Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 1987–88. In 2005 Ray and Mangurian established BASEbeijing, an experimental laboratory for design, architecture and urbanism. They have conducted research focusing on alternative informal human habitats and hybrid urban-rural environments in Turkey, China and India. In 1985 she joined Robert Mangurian as a principal at Studio Works in Los Angeles. Their projects have ranged from speculative activities of a purely conceptual nature to large building commissions. The work occurs at a variety of scales, ranging from clothing-like personal shelters to interventions of furniture into rooms and streets, reconfigurations of urban houses and storefronts, and rehabilitations of large utilitarian buildings in mega-cities. Its cultural range extends from high and conceptual art to pop and the everyday, and it is situated both locally and globally. Their conceptual studies have extended to the American 'vernacular,' everyday forms of architecture in Los Angeles, such as service stations, single-family houses, commercial storefronts, and streets. These have led to provocative, visionary proposals. Rather than the typical grand gestures of large scale planning efforts, they favor small interventions that foreground existing structures and relationships, enhancing and celebrating the juxtapositions and discontinuities of existing urban fabrics.