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PLANNING
WE DEVELOP SPACE PLANNING AND MASTER PLANNING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR FACILITIES TO HELP MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL, DISCOVER OPPORTUNITIES, AND GUIDE YOUR GROWTH.
INTERIOR DESIGN
A BUILDING'S INTERIOR SHOULD WORK IN TANDEM WITH ITS EXTERIOR REFLECTIVE OF A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP.  WE CAREFULLY WEAVE CREATIVE CONCEPTS,  TECHNOLOGY, CURRENT TRENDS, AND TIMELESS DESIGN PRINCIPLES IN WAYS THAT CREATE MEANINGFUL AND POWERFUL SPACES.
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RUSA SKILLFULLY PROVIDES FULL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES FROM INITIAL PLANNING CONCEPT, THROUGH SCHEMATIC DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION, AND CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION.  WE ARE YOUR ADVOCATE AND YOUR PARTNER THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
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WE ARE PASSIONATE AND RELENTLESS IN OUR BELIEF THAT ART SHOULD PERMEATE ARCHITECTURE IN EVERY IMAGINABLE WAY. WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH ART DEVELOPMENT AND INSTALLATION, BUILDING SIGNAGE, WAYFINDING, AND GRAPHICS. 
RISE UP LEADERSHIP
 

In 2017, Hays was featured by Florida / Caribbean Architect Magazine:

Emerging Professionals Spotlight

M. HAYS LAYERD, AIA

Hays is a Tallahassee native known locally for his bold and creative designs.  A graduate of Auburn University's College of Architecture and Design (2002), he devoted 15 years to growing a Tallahassee based firm where he rose from Design Intern in 2003 to Creative Director, ultimately earning a role as Principal in 2016.  Under his creative leadership that firm achieved significant growth, critical design acclaim, and developed a reputation for design excellence within the community. 

Hays used his passion for story-driven architecture to direct the design for three state of Florida AIA award winning projects:

Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion / Ringling Museum of Art (Honor Award / 2018)

Jim Moran Building / Florida State University  (Merit Award / 2018)

Smokey Hollow Commemoration (People's Choice Award / 2013)

Hays believes the creation of meaningful Architecture is about purposefully seeking out opportunities, developing an evolving dialogue with the community, and responding to challenges with creativity, boldness, and sensitivity.  He brings the ability to empathize client needs, craft story-driven design narrative/imagery that captures client support, and delivers award-winning, spirit-filled design, engaging the community and profession. 

Rise Up Studio Architecture, LLC  |  Tallahassee, Florida  |  2018  |  FLAA26003732