Founder of Rayleen Hill Architecture + Design (RHAD Architects), 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. Within months of starting up her small practise, she won a prestigious design competition for the Victoria Park Speed Skating Pavilion, propelling the office to grow. 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 occasionally teaches and critiques design studios at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture, as well as other universities.
Megan joined RHAD as an Intern Architect in 2016 after receiving her Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Before completing her MArch, Megan also received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Dalhousie, 2014), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (NSCAD, 2012). Throughout school, Megan received numerous awards including the Alumni Memorial Award, the William P. Lydon Memorial Scholarship, the Lezlie Oler Prize in Community Design, the Green Building Solutions Scholarship as a visiting student to the Technical University of Vienna, and the Bruce & Dorothy Rosetti Travel Scholarship for which she travelled throughout the Netherlands and Denmark studying amphibious architecture and urban climate change adaptation strategies. Since graduating, Megan has become certified as a Passive House Designer and is keen to continue working in the intersecting realms of modern architecture and sustainable design.
Maegan joined the RHAD team as Office Manager in January 2018. Her multi-faceted role includes: planning and organizing new technology and training in the office; managing the studio's time, budgets, website, business development plan, and project coordination while also ensuring client satisfaction through communications and invoicing. Prior to joining RHAD, Maegan spent four and a half years teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea. Outside the office, she is still committed to Education and tutors newcomers to Canada through the Halifax Public Libraries. Prior to her adventures in Asia, Maegan worked as a Studio Coordinator for YogaTown, an eco-friendly yoga studio in Ottawa, while she pursued her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa which she received in 2012. Having had other management positions in the retail and service industries, Maegan's diverse experience paired with her interest in design and the environment have made her a great addition to the RHAD team.