Ray Kimsey, AIA, LEED AP


By constantly challenging the team and pushing people to think outside their comfort zone, Ray has played a pivotal role in developing and maintaining the firm’s worldwide reputation for excellence. He is actively involved in strategic planning and focus on NBA’s vision and development for the future.

A licensed architect in 20 states, Ray has been active in all facets of the firm’s architectural practice. He led the firm’s efforts on two major California projects and two LEED Gold projects along with numerous large scale planning projects in China. Ray has frequently spoken before industry and professional groups regarding accessible housing and design of student housing.

The Tennessee native received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from Yale University and joined NBA in 1981. Ray currently serves on the Federal Architecture Task Group for the American Institute of Architects and has represented the National Apartment Association and the National Multi-Housing Council on the ANSI A-117 Accessibility Task Force. He has been active in the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Architects and served on ULI Atlanta’s Livable Communities Council and ULI advisory panels for the California State Capitol, the Port of Los Angeles and Patterson, N.J. He recently stepped down as chair of Leadership Buckhead and the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni, having served on the Alumni Exchange Task Forces that visited Australia, Japan, Turkey and China. As former president of the Buckhead Business Association, he was the lead facilitator in a planning and design charrette for Atlanta’s premier business and retail neighborhood.