Donna Hines Rayson

Donna Hines Rayson

Ottawa, KS, US



Experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the Architecture & Planning industry.
     Donna has over 30 years of experience, 25 years as an Architect Licensed in Kansas, with experience coordinating projects from inception to completion. She began her career at a small firm of 2 to 5 employees, gaining a broad base of experience in many building types. Donna has gained expertise in renovations and adaptive reuse projects. Her more recent experience has focused on Senior Living, Multi-family housing and Office projects.
     An early adopter of technology in general, she began working in AutoCAD in 1984, and has become proficient in Revit over the last 14 years. Keeping up with the changes in regulations, Donna is a long time associate member of the International Code Council, and has served on the City of Ottawa and the Franklin County Building Code boards of appeals. Skills include: Design and Review for Accessibility and ADA Compliance, Fire Code Footprints for State Fire-marshal reviews, and senior living facility requirements.  Working with multi-discipline Engineers on large power projects has given her an affinity for Integration and interference checking of interdisciplinary construction documents.


Schwerdt Design Group, Topeka, KS, US, Architect

Completion of Construction Documents with AutoCAD & Revit coordinating 1 to 3 Interns. Effectively communicated and coordinated with a diverse group of engineers and consultants, from the preliminary phases and through to bid and construction documents. Specifications using MasterSpec, Submittal Exchange, RFI, and ASIs. I was on the team for several Proposals for RFPs to the State and others.

Computer software proficiency: Revit Architecture, AutoCAD Architecture, Windows Office (including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook), Submittal Exchange, Bluebeam, Google Drive, Dropbox, Radmin Viewer, Autodesk 360, and other utility applications.

Mar 2014 - Feb 2019

Devore + Associates, Architects, Ottawa, KS, US, Project Architect

Programming & Preliminary Design, Exteriors Project Architect & Specifications Writer: Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS: Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center including The Blackboard Center for Academic Innovation and Technology, 43,000 sf facility, Projected Cost $10 Million, a collaborative effort of Loyd Builders, Devore + Associates Architects, SFS Architecture, Bartlett & West, Professional Engineering Consultants, Latimer Sommers & Associates, and GLMV Architecture.
Project Architect: Wellsville Manor Retirement Community, Wellsville, KS: Renovation of 1975 building of 16,225 sf 45 resident facility and additions of 14,120 sf Assisted Living and 9,748 sf Skilled Nursing Care Neighborhoods, Cost: $3.3 Million total of 40,093 sf Design Build by D+AA & Loyd Builders
Project Architect: The Layton Center, Paola, KS: Re-purposing an industrial building for offices and clinic spaces, Cost of Conversion: $2.35 Million - 16,650 sf and $80,000 playground
Project Architect: Neosho County Community College Ottawa Campus and Mary Grimes School of Nursing, Ottawa, KS Bellwether Award Finalist for the Council for Resource Development and the Community College Futures Association. Cost: $8.1 Million - 52,000 sf

Nov 2009 - Jan 2014

Treanor Architects, P.A., Kansas City, MO, US, Project Architect

Kansas City, MO, US and Lawrence, KS, US
Project Architect on Justice Projects including the Paola Justice Center, Paola, KS with a team of 4.
Architect on Student Life Projects, college dormitories and fraternity/sorority houses, most usually as a part of a team of 3 to 5. Andy Pitts as the Project Architect.
Became adept at reading through project proposals and program documents, while keeping the relevant codes and regulations in mind to develop preliminary designs, schematics, and master plans for numerous projects. Keeping current with AutoCAD and Revit to produce Construction Documents including details and picking up redlines. Learned more methods for online submittals, RFIs and ASIs including Newforma.

Jun 2007 - Feb 2009

Eby Design, Overland Park, KS, US, Architect

Donna's focus at Eby Design was to finish the Construction Documents for a Senior Living Community. Starting at the point of evaluating the building site, developing the Master Plan and finishing with the Permit Documents. Under the supervision of the Project Architect, using Revit, with one draftsman, completing the documents including construction details, wall sections, building sections, roof plans, all the drawings, schedules, and specifications for successful construction. Attention to Detail.
The primary project:
The Parks at Armour Oaks Senior Living Community, Kansas City, Mo
EBY Design and Straub Construction, Project Architect: Jeff Kazmaier
Construction Documents Architect:
Master plan for 25 acre campus and new Independent Living Apartments facility
48 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, two elevators, commercial kitchen with dining area and attractive common areas on each of three floors. Outdoor patio, fireplace and sitting area,
Cost: $9 Million

Mar 2007 - May 2007

Black & Veatch, Overland Park, KS, US, Project Architect

Overland Park, KS, US and Ann Arbor, MI, US

Power Division: "Clean Coal": Coal Fired Power Plant Flue Gas Desulfurization Unit Buildings
Duties: ADA and IBC Code Compliance, Interference Checking between disciplines, Primavera submittals tracking and coordination,

Dallman Station FGD CWLP ; City of Springfield, Illinois

Cardinal Power Plant/ AEP & Buckeye Power; Brilliant, Jefferson County, Ohio Between 2005–2010, flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) equipment were installed to all three units at Cardinal with Units 1 and 2 costing $300 million to construct. The FGD equipment would reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 98%. See less

Nov 2005 - Mar 2007

Devore & Associates Architects, L.L.C., Ottawa, KS, US, Architect

Devore & Associates Architects typically had from 2 to 5 total employees. Donna started working for Earl Devore as an Intern after receiving a BArch from the University of Kansas in 1988. Earl was her mentor throughout the NCARB Intern Development process and she completed the Architectural Registration Exams in September 1994. Donna continued as an Architect with DAA through 2004.
A more complete list of the projects Donna worked on during those years is quite extensive.
In addition to architectural work, Donna learned the fine points of in-house publishing for blueprint and copier. Keeping up with the developments in computer technology, CAD, and plotters has always been a point of pride.

May 1988 - Oct 2004


The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, US, BArch, Architecture

Jun 1979 - May 1988


Bellwether Award Finalist for the Council for Resource Development, Other

Bellwether Award Finalist for the Council for Resource Development and the Community College Futures Association

Neosho County Community College Ottawa Campus and Mary Grimes School of Nursing, Ottawa, Kansas D+AA & Loyd Builders
Professional Services: 2009 - 2010 Construction: 2010-2011

State of the art college building complete with a simulated hospital, occupational therapy lab, biology labs. The learning center: computer labs, group and private study areas. General education classrooms, faculty offices, campus bookstore, break room, and auditorium.
Also included in services: Master Plan for the 27 acre site for future expansion and additional structures.
Cost: $8.1 Million - 52,000 sf


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