Ray Winkler

Ray Winkler

William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor

Ray Winkler is a UK registered architect. He is the CEO and design director of STUFISH Entertainment Architects. Ray began his design career as a carpenter and craftsman. He earned his Master’s in Architecture from University College London and became interested in stage design and mobile architecture while doing postgraduate studies at Sci-Arc in Los Angeles California. Ray was – and still is to this day – drawn to the unique ephemeral and transformative nature of entertainment architecture and the experiences and memories it creates for audiences worldwide.

Ray has devoted more than 25 years to designing live touring shows, theatrical projects, and spectacular one-off productions such as the London 2012 Handover at the Beijing 2008 Olympics Closing Ceremony, as well as live TV shows for MTV, VH1 and other TV channels in the USA and the UK. He has worked with some of the biggest names in popular entertainment, including U2, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Beyonce, Robbie Williams, Cirque du Soleil, Disney and Universal Studios. He has also worked extensively in Japan for great artist such as Mr Children, Ai, Yumi Matsutoya, Bz, Universal Studios Japan, Himuro and more recently, Arashi.

Rays ‘other projects include AC/DC Rock or Bust tour, Robbie Williams Swing Both Ways tour, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, One Direction 2014 world tour, Dragon Quest Live and The Rolling Stones outdoor and indoor shows in Australia and Asia as well as the 2017 No Filter Tour and 2022 Sixty tour. Ray is currently working on numerous projects in the Middle East, Africa, and America.

Most recently Ray worked with ABBA in delivering their spectacular new ABBA Arena in London.

His outstanding artistic and creative ability to design spectacles for an audience together with his great leadership skills will ensure that any project is delivered to the highest standards.

MArch, University College London
MArch, SCI-Arc


Spring 2023
Advanced Design Studio: The Future of Entertainment
Neil Thomas, Ray Winkler, Beom Jun Kim