This week’s episode features a conversation with Baltimore architect, Melanie Ray, of Hord Coplan Macht. We cover her journey into the profession, the impact NOMA has had on her career and various tips for students pursuing architecture.


Bio: Melanie Ray

Melanie is a licensed architect and Associate in the Affordable Housing studio at Hord Coplan Macht in Baltimore, MD. Since graduating from Penn State’s architecture program in 2015, she has worked on various market-rate and affordable mixed-use housing projects, as well as community development projects in Baltimore city and beyond. She is the 424th living black woman licensed in the US to practice architecture and seeks to be an active mentor to promote the goal of doubling the number of licensed black architects by 2030. She currently serves as the President of Bmore NOMA, the Baltimore Chapter of NOMA, the Northeast University Liaison for NOMA National, and on the Board of Directors for AIA Baltimore. In addition to her work at HCM, Melanie is a regular volunteer for pro bono design projects through such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and The Neighborhood Design Center, the latter of which she received the Volunteer of the Year Award in June 2020 and also currently serves on the board of directors. Melanie is a certified Fitwel Ambassador and LEED Green Associate.


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