Raymond L. Gindroz, FAIA
Ray, co-founder and principal emeritus of Urban Design Associates, has pioneered the development of participatory planning processes for neighborhoods, downtowns and regional plans. An internationally recognized advocate and veteran practitioner of “architecture as city-building,” Ray leads UDA’s efforts to revitalize cities by transforming inner city neighborhoods and distressed public housing projects into traditional mixed-income neighborhoods and by working with downtowns to attract new development including residential, commercial, and civic uses. Ray also initiated the revival and application of Pattern Books in neighborhood building. Recent projects include both an Architectural Pattern Book and Planning Tool Kit for the Louisiana Speaks Program and an intense public process in New Orleans to design 1,500 units of new housing in the Treme-Lafitte Neighborhoods.
Professional Affiliations and Service
Ray is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a past chair of the Committee on Design. He is the immediate past chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism and led the efforts with HUD in the 1990’s to guide the design of projects in the HOPE VI program. He is former chair of the board of the Seaside Institute, a co-founder of the Seaside Pienza Institute, a member of the board of the Institute for Classical Architecture/Classical American, the advisory board of the Charles Moore Foundation, the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence, and the Western European Foundation. Recently, Ray was awarded the Seaside Prize for Innovation and Revitalizing Inner City Neighborhoods and Transforming Public Housing Projects into Mixed Income Neighborhoods.
Teaching, Lectures, Publications and Exhibitions
For more than 20 years, Ray taught urban design at the Yale University School of Architecture. An engaging, popular speaker in both the U.S. and Europe, Ray has also published prolifically throughout his career, most recently as a principal author of The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book (both published by W. W. Norton & Company). He is a Senior Fellow of the Prince’s Foundation in London which published his book, The Place of Dwelling.
Ray earned Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and a Diploma from Centro per gli Studi di Architettura, A. Palladio, Vicenza, Italy. He received the John Stewardson Award and a Fulbright Grant for study in Italy early in his career and continues to travel extensively to sketch and study urban space. His drawings have been exhibited in the U.S., France, and Italy and his drawings and writings are published annually in a series of books entitled Pages from a Sketchbook.