Rayleen Hill Architecture + Design (RHA+D) was founded in 2010 with an initial focus on the design of private homes, residential renovations and commercial interiors. Since its inception, the firm has developed into a multi-disciplinary studio that maintains its residential focus while continuing to pursue new projects, which have included multiple-unit apartment developments, townhomes and civic buildings. RHA+D aims to develop innovative design strategies for engaged clients in a collaborative, studio atmosphere. We approach each project with a commitment that is best described by our mission statement:
"There is great opportunity in architecture to create powerful moments that can be brought into everyday life. The designer needs to understand the unique characteristics of the site; the surrounding landscape, the orientation of the sun, the wind, the topography, the views; and then amalgamate that with the client's goals for what they hope to achieve. This is also the foundation for good sustainable design that needn't be overly complicated. Weaving all these elements, with our team's expertise, found through experience, study, and an optimistic understanding of the power of architecture, brings to life the inherent nature of the project that is classic and timeless."
Founder of Rayleen Hill Architecture + Design (RHA+D), Rayleen received her Masters of Architecture degree in 2006 from Dalhousie University, at which time she was awarded the Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) Thesis Prize. Prior to her graduate studies, she received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 2004, earning CIS Academic All-Canadian status for academics and for athletics (running). She received a Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in 1995. Originally from Nova Scotia, Rayleen has also lived and worked in Alberta. Rayleen worked with architect Niall Savage for six years with a focus on residential and commercial projects, and she became licensed with the NSAA in 2010. She teaches design studios at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture as a sessional instructor.