Cynthia Ray, NCIDQ, WELL AP

Interior Designer / Senior Associate

Many of Cynthia’s earliest memories involve architecture: vying with her brother to be first to spot Nebraska’s State Capitol on the way back from vacation, admiring the Swedish Gothic architecture of her grandmother’s church in Wakefield, Nebraska, visiting her dad at his I.M Pei-designed office in Lincoln and working her first job in Philip Johnson’s Sheldon Art Gallery. With this underpinning, it isn’t surprising that Cynthia went on to study Interior Design and Art History at UNL, later earning a Master’s of Architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. While in L.A., she worked as a special event designer in the entertainment industry, creating experiences for clients such as Gucci, Universal Studios and the Emmy Awards. Since then she has worked in interior design, marketing and event planning, always seeking to create memorable spaces and moments. Cynthia is also one of BVH’s education design leaders.

Outside of work, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children, making their passions her own. Whether it’s a speech meet, football game or show choir competition, she is there cheering them on. Finding time for church, regular yoga practice and walks with her dog are always a priority.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
I have a love for all things Scandanavian and spent a summer living in southern Sweden in college. My home away from home is Los Angeles.

What inspires you?
I am continually inspired by the talents and passions of people. One of the best things about design is partnering with a business or organization, learning everything about their culture and unique genius, then pouring that inspiration into their space

What are you reading right now that is sparking your interest?
I love reading biographies. Right now I’m reading the biography of Andrew Jackson. It doesn’t necessarily provide architectural inspiration, but reading about people who have done great things is challenging in so many ways: work ethic, following your passions, taking risks, and serving others.

Who is your favorite architect and why?
I am a fan of Alvar Aalto’s work. I love his form-making, materials palette, and furniture designs.

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