After qualification at Cambridge and University College, London, Nicholas Ray worked in London for the Shankland Cox Partnership on housing and for Colin St John Wilson and Partners on the British Library. On returning to Cambridge in 1973 he practised within Hughes and Bicknell Architects, where he became an Associate and later Partner, before founding Nicholas Ray Associates in 1989. His most prominent building in Cambridge is the Quayside Development, on the banks of the Cam opposite Magdalene College. He has been responsible for new and refurbishment projects for numerous Colleges, as well as buildings and projects for other colleges and universities. He is the author of five books, including monographs for Yale University Press on Alvar Aalto and Rafael Moneo, and is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, having retired as Reader in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, but maintains a full-time engagement with the practice.