Ray chose to become an architect while in high school and has been shaping his education and career accordingly. Graduating from Pima Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Architectural Technology, he then attended the University of Arizona, College of Architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree (five-year design-school program). After having developed a successful professional career as an architect, Ray returned to academics, receiving a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona.

Currently, a Lecturer at the University of Arizona, School of Architecture, Ray serves primarily as an educator, while having various service roles. Ray became a full-time member of the School of Architecture faculty in 2011 after acquiring a taste for teaching as a graduate teaching assistant and subsequently accepting an invitation to teach at CAPLA. Teaching had been a long-standing career goal previously unfulfilled due to a rewarding career as an architect. Before accepting an opportunity to share a life of architectural design experiences through teaching, Ray’s professional career included a very special partnership with Barg Meeks Barnes, Inc. and then 12 years as the sole principal in the firm of Raymond E Barnes Design Architecture, LLC.

Project management experience includes large commercial projects such as the Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital in Fort Worth, Palomar Memorial Hospital in Escondido, Kuentz Recreation Center in Sun City West, Sun City Summerlin Recreation Center in Las Vegas, Keene’s Point Clubhouse in Orlando, Sun City Palm Springs Recreation Center in Palm Springs, Las Palmas Recreation Center in Mesa, Palm Ridge Recreation Center in Phoenix, Sierra Tucson in Tucson, Miraval in Tucson, Gateway Studio Suites Hotel in Sierra Vista.

Project Designer experience includes the Garden Place Suites Hotel in Sierra Vista, Arizona Sunsites Golf Clubhouse (project) in Arizona Sunsites, Sabino Mountain Recreation Center in Tucson, Shaieb Office Building in Sierra Vista, Sierra Tucson (new construction and renovation) in Tucson, Miraval (remodeling) in Tucson, Town of Oro Valley Town Hall and Police Department (remodeling) in Oro Valley, Four Peaks Recreation Center in Apache Junction, and numerous residential projects around Tucson and Oro Valley.

Ray is a long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD&C). Ray is also a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Specialized interests include geometry, developing exciting, outside-air-based, energy-effective shapes for dwelling, playing the guitar, and collecting evidence that gravity is not space-time-continuum-based, nor tension-based, but rather resulting from star-generated Omnia-rays, probably neutrinos, which push all masses toward one another, yet away from the center of the universe.


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Office Location: CAPLA A203F
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