Ruard was mentored by McArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee in Auburn University's School of Architecture Rural Studio. He was trained by and worked for McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Alabama and has been principal of a partnership firm in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2001. Ruard started his own firm in 2005 based in Charlotte with a studio space in Bald Head Island, North Carolina. In a step toward providing further service, he implemented an interior design division to the firm, Veltman Wood Interiors, as well as a custom furniture division, Veltman Meubles, to complete his design intent for a space. Ruard has cultivated a flair for distinctive traditional design while incorporating modernistic elements. He continues to hone his vision of inspired homes in traditional residential neighborhood settings and pristine natural environments.
"As an architect, I believe in the power of travel. I re-energize my creative thinking by returning to my homeland - Holland - or taking off on a new adventure. The exchange of new ideas with each new project also brings a certain passion. The most inspiring aspect of practicing architecture is being part of a team that works well together - a meeting of the minds with our clients, within our firm, or amongst everyone involved on a particular job. And the greatest joy is in watching people experience the spaces we've imagined. Whether at work or play, I am always attuned to the pleasing effects of design - from the thoughtfully planned parks of a city to the frame of a painting. And I often find intersections between the built world and the one thing I can't live without, music."