Ray Drzymala took a circuitous route to architectural practice management, but once he discovered his natural ability to lead others and businesses to success, he never looked back.
For more than 12 years, Ray has been making a measurable difference in the business of healthcare architecture. As Managing Principal for Altus, Ray’s day-to-day includes managing the Denver office, responding to the needs of Altus clients across the nation, identifying business development opportunities and providing sound strategy and leadership for the entire organization.
As a child, Ray’s earliest aspirations were to become a physician or pediatrician. He grew up in Hawaii, which not only sparked his love of the outdoors but also provided the kind early work experience that builds real character. While serving on the production line of a pineapple factory, Ray learned the value of hard work, the importance of having a sharp knife, and an even sharper sense of humor.
After receiving a B.S. from the University of Colorado, Boulder he moved to Maui where he met his wife Deborah. Eventually, Ray’s creative leanings took him to New York City to study and work in the field of fashion design. While working full-time during the day, he obtained a second degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T)
Moving back to Hawaii to be with family, he found himself in the Technology Industry working at Spirent Communications. In this role, his work took him around the world, opening offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Paris.
His next stop was architecture business management and leadership, which has proven to be Ray’s true calling and passion.
Living and in Denver with his wife and their Silver Labrador Retriever Thor, Ray enjoys active outdoor pursuits such as snowboarding and mountain biking. He is the go-to-neighbor for just about any kind of home repair or remodeling effort, still enjoys creating and sewing clothing for his wife, nieces and friends, likes working on cars (especially fast ones) and is known for being a really good cook, friend and mentor. Ray takes the Altus mission of “helping humanity heal” to heart and is personally gratified by knowing the work done at Altus serves the type of higher purpose that only healthcare architecture can provide.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well- preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
– Hunter S. Thompson
B.S. in Business (University of Colorado - Boulder)
B.S. in Fashion Design (F.I.T - New York City)
Mentor, LEED School of Business
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer, Meals on Wheels