In both teaching and practice, Ray K Mann has always worked collaboratively with clients, collaborators, consultants, contractors and sub-contractors to seek out the best and most cost-effective solutions to complex problems and conditions.   Increasingly, this has led to community-engaged projects with a strong design-build component.  Successfully completed or ongoing are several projects that bridge academia and the profession.  A frequent collaborator is Matthew Sutter of 4-Mat Design, trained at Yestermorrow and Stone Soup, with a Master of Architecture from UMass with a focus on design-build.