Ray co-founded Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture with Jim Plunkard in 1987 as a studio of versatile architects who combine great design talent with excellent client service. During his nearly 30-year career, his experience has spanned a range of building types – from residential and hospitality projects, to commercial office, retail, and healthcare buildings. Ray is a recognized leader in multi-family housing, having led the design of more than 25,000 residential units of varying scale and scope for the full range of living environments.
He is also an expert in historic preservation and adaptive re-use projects, having revitalized hundreds of existing vintage and historic properties and placed numerous buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. His work includes the Florsheim Building preservation, the landmarked Medical Dental Arts building, and Uptown Square.
Ray serves on numerous panels with professional and civic organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the City of Chicago, the National Multi-Housing Council, and the Urban Land Institute. He has written on topics such as community development, historic preservation, entitlement and zoning, and building codes. His community service includes pro bono services for The Second Chance School, The Friends of Lincoln Park, and The Piven Theater Workshop.
Ray earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.