Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray are principals of Studio Works Architects in Los Angeles and founders of B.A.S.E. Studios in Beijing. From 1985 to 1997 they established and operated the Atelier Italia in the environs of Rome. Both Mangurian and Ray are recipients of the Rome Prize.In 2001, Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray of
StudioWorks were the recipients of the prestigious Chrysler Design Award for Innovation, Excellence and Sustained Vision as exemplified in an ongoing body of work in a design field, an honor shared by just 10 other architects including Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne/Morphosis. The groundwork for B.A.S.E. was laid in 1993, when Ray and Mangurian worked with Yung Ho Chang (Zhang Yonghe) to open a branch of the graduate program of SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in China.
Robert Mangurian attended Stanford University and received his diploma in architecture from University of California at Berkeley in 1967. In 1969, Mr. Mangurian founded an architecture, planning, and design group called STUDIO WORKS. Recognized for the high quality and inventiveness of its work, and the wide range of concerns undertaken, STUDIO WORKS is located in Los Angeles, New York and Beijing. The work of Mr. Mangurian and STUDIO WORKS has been published internationally in publications such as LOTUS International, Progressive Architecture, and GA. Many of the constructed and non-constructed projects of STUDIO WORKS have received awards from Progressive Architecture. Mr. Mangurian has participated as a design critic for graduate thesis and studios in schools of architecture throughout the country, including Princeton,Tulane, and Washington Universities,UCLA, and Harvard. He has also served as Visiting Wortham Professor at Rice University. For ten years he served as Director of the Graduate Program in Architecture during its formative years at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Mary-Ann Ray was born in Seattle, Washington, where in 1981, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Washington. She went on to receive a Masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University in 1987, and the Rome Prize of 1987-1988. Ms. Ray's professional experience includes work with Michael Graves, Architect, James Turrell, Artist, and Richard Meier and Partners. Currently, she is a Principal, with Robert Mangurian, at Studio Works in Los Angeles. Studio Works has been involved with projects ranging from furniture, buildings, publications, and urban design to a major work of archaeology- an in progress new plan for Hadrians Villa in Tivoli. Awards, Grants and Honors include PA Design Awards, Graham Foundation and Ford Foundations Grants. Her work has been exhibited at the Gagosian/Castelli Gallery in New York, the Phillipe Uzzan Galerie in Paris, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Ms. Ray has lectured widely, has taught at Yale University as visiting Saarinen Professor, at Rice University as visiting Wortham Professor, and served as Chair of the Environmental Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.