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Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray Bio

Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, an accomplished architect, speaker of five languages and former administrator of a prominent school of architecture, is director of Bowling Green State University’s School of Art.

Prior to joining BGSU, Ray served as director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her academic career has included teaching in Chicago and London, plus as a visiting professor in the Czech Republic and in Canada and as a graduate reviewer in several schools in the United States and abroad.

Born in the Czech Republic, Ray attended school in England, where she received a professional master’s degree with honors from the Architectural Association and a Ph.D. in architecture in 1998 from the University of London. She earned her Master of Science degree in the history of modern architecture in 1991, and was registered as a chartered architect in 1992. Ray’s Bachelor of Science degree in architecture is from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

She served as co-director and then director of the Diploma (Graduate) School at Kingston University in London from 1989-96 while working as an architect in London, and has taught at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School in the UK.

Ray has won several international design awards, and has participated in numerous art and architecture competitions in the United States and Europe. She has also curated 11 exhibitions and given more than 50 invited lectures on art and architecture.

Ray has served on several editorial boards of architecture and criticism journals and has co-authored five books, nine book chapters, thirteen refereed articles and eight exhibition catalogs. Two more books are forthcoming in 2010.