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Ray Kinoshita Mann


(413) 577-0943

Principal, RK Studio Architecture

Design Building Room 334

Educated at Harvard-Radcliffe (B.A. Environmental Design) and The Harvard Graduate School of Design (M. Arch I), Professor Ray Kinoshita Mann has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 1995, and was awarded tenure in 2001.  Her award-winning projects include the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the MIT Media Lab ‘Brain Opera’ and Salamander Restaurant in Boston. As principal of RK Studio Architecture she received a Progressive Architecture Young Architects Award in 1993 for the innovative nature of her practice, and she continues to work with a variety of new materials and unusual design applications.

Over the years she has taught a variety of courses from architecture and interior design studios to building physics, universal design and research theory, and she has been an active participant in a Mellon-funded Five College Bridging Grant to bring together Liberal Arts and professional architectural pedagogies. She has served on a variety of local and national boards.

Research Areas

  • Systems Theory for Architecture
  • Human-centered Design
  • Ecological Design
  • Design/Build and community empowerment
  • Bridging Liberal Arts and professional architectural education


  • Young Residence, Nantucket, Massachusetts, renovation, 2016-present
  • Socrates Park Folly/Function Competition 2017, Honorable Mention.
  • Nipmuc Design for Empowerment, Public Service Endowment Grant, planning & design-build process $12k, 2016-present.
  • Dickinson Meadow House 3, Amherst, Massachusetts, new construction, 2016-present.
  • Design engagement workshop with the Nipmuc Tribe, BSA Foundation Grant, May 1, 2016.
  • Seelig Residence, Amherst, Massachusetts, new construction, completed 2016.
  • Nipmic Native American Tribe—Structures of Empowerment design/build (w/ M. Sutter) 2015-present.
  • Matsuda Residence, Leverett, Massachusetts, energy-efficient new construction 2014-present.
  • “A House You can Live With,” book in progress.
  • “Dickinson Meadow Homes, Amherst, Massachusetts, net-zero prototype, (2010-present).
  • Systems Thinking at the Get-Go”, in progress article to present at ARCC conference, 2015.
  • Hampshire College Roos-Rohde House, energy-efficient new construction, design/build, 2013-2014.
  • Mann Residence, Amherst, Massachusetts, net-zero new construction, 2009-2011.
  • Carlisle Lavoie Residence, energy-efficient new construction, 2008-2010.
  • “Greening the Valley”, University Gallery Exhibition, invited participant and speaker, 2010.
  • Welsch Residence, North Andover, Massachusetts, high-performance new construction, 2006.
  • Cooperative Research Program Grant ($59k) –Terrazzo Cracking at Logan Airport, Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Scott Civjan, Co-principal Investigator: Associate Professor Ray Kinoshita Mann 2006.

Awards and Accolades

  • Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, University of Massachusetts, Fall 2009.
  • Federal Design Achievement Award, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 1995.
  • Progressive Architecture Young Architects Award, 1993.
  • Women's Rights National Historical Park, Federal Competition, First Place, 1987.
  • American Association of University Women, Selected Professions Fellowship, 1987.
  • Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Traveling Fellowship, First Place, 1986.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Arch 403, Design V, Fall 2014
  • Arch 501, Graduate Design II, Spring 2015
  • Arch 620, Building Physics II, Fall 2014
  • Arch 670, Research Forum, Spring 2015