Ray, an Alabama native and graduate of the Auburn University School of Architecture, joined McALPINE in 1999. The first phase of his career took him north to New York, where he spent successful tenures in the offices of such distinguished design talents as John Saladino. Ray returned to the south as a partner in McAlpine’s interior design firm with his former professor, Bobby McAlpine. These days, Ray has what many consider the best of both worlds: he divides his time between the firm’s Nashville office and the expanded New York office, which allows him to keep one foot in the city and other in his native south. Ray’s work has received national recognition from the most prestigious publications. Architectural Digest featured Ray’s own Nashville residence as well as other projects in New York and Baton Rouge; Elle Décor has covered his projects in Montana and Mexico; and Veranda has published homes he designed in Charlotte and Nashville. With an undimmed passion and desire for beauty, Ray shares his life and homes in New York and Nashville with partner John Shea.