Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) is thrilled to announce that Melanie Ray, AIA, has been named a 2024 Rising Star in the AEC Industry by Zweig Group! The Rising Star Award honors those who are making a positive mark on the AEC industry through exceptional technical capability, leadership, effective teaching and research, and public service. 

Throughout her career, Melanie Ray has been a fierce advocate for making the architecture field more inclusive, and has focused her efforts on achieving this goal.  Based in Baltimore, Melanie discovered that, despite more than 70 percent of the population being non-white, it didn’t have a chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). In 2017, she led the effort to form Bmore NOMA, the Baltimore chapter, and under her leadership as chapter president, has since grown the chapter to more than 75 members. Melanie has also worked with NOMA National to help more than 120 underrepresented architecture students with top firms across the country through the NOMA Future Faces Fellowship.  Throughout her career at Hord Coplan Macht, Melanie has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership through significant volunteer work promoting diversity in architecture. 


Bachelor of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University 


Ladrey Apartments, Alexandria VA – Project Manager 

Elms Fells Point– Project Architect 

ROOST Baltimore – Project Designer

Professional/Public Service: 

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Baltimore Chapter – founding member 

AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee 

AIA Baltimore Board of Directors – NOMA Liaison 

To read the full announcement from Zweig Group, visit here.