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Mary-Ann Ray

Professor of Practice in Architecture

Mary-Ann Ray is a professor of practice in architecture from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Before joining Taubman College in 2007 as the Taubman Centennial Professor of Architecture, she held visiting professorships at various universities, including the University of Michigan, Rice University, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and Yale University. With her partner Robert Mangurian, she was twice named Taubman College’s Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor. In addition, she has served as 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 and, with Mangurian, received the prestigious Chrysler Design 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 from 1987 to 1988. 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, Ray  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. 

Ray received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.