Emily Ray

Emily received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas, where she also served as a teaching and design assistant. She studied historic preservation and participated on the student team for the Peterson Prize Competition, assisting with the research, drawings, and detailed documentation for the North-Evans Chateau which received the First Place Award.

Prior to joining Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) Emily was at HBRA Architects in Chicago where she worked on a range of project types, including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Renovation in New Haven, CT, the Chicago History Museum Auditorium Renovation in Chicago, and several private residences.

Emily was also a key member on the project team for The National Renovation, which involved reconfiguring all twenty floors of the historic Daniel Burnham tower for tenant build-out, restoring the lobbies and adapting the ground floor into the Revival Food Hall.

She is a visiting critic for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Undergraduate and Graduate Design Studios and is currently on the project team for a school campus expansion on Chicago’s north side, and a private residence along Lake Michigan in Highland Park.

Emily, a native of Austin, TX, enjoys reading outdoors and cycling to work. She lives in Chicago’s culturally rich Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

2010                    . BArch, University of Texas
Professional Experience
2017-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
2012-2017 HBRA Architects, Chicago IL, Project Architect
Academic Experience
2015-2017  Visiting Critic, Undergraduate and Graduate Design Studio’s, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2011  Teaching Assistant, Architecture and Society with Larry Speck, Undergraduate Design
2009  Design Assistant, Undergraduate Design Studio with Elizabeth Danze, University of Texas
Professional Affiliations
2016-present American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Individual Honors
2011 Peterson Prize Recipient, Historic American Buildings Survey Documentation, the North Evans Chateau