Jeffrey Raven, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Associate Professor and Director
Department: M.Arch. in Urban and Regional Design School: Architecture and Design Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2012
Architecture is a family tradition for Jeffrey Raven, NYIT's new director of the Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design (MAURD), who joins the college from Columbia University and brings more than 20 years of experience, including running his namesake firm, RAVEN A+U - Architecture + Urban Design LLC. Longer still is an appreciation for architecture gleaned from living in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
"There were several generations of architects in our family of French architects-urbanists," Raven says. "Frequent visits to the family atelier captured my imagination when I was growing up in Paris."
He describes RAVEN A+U as capitalizing on integrated systems to enhance desired outcomes across multiple scales while shrinking the ecological footprint of its clients' buildings and urban districts. Raven has contributed to strategic plans such as the Masdar carbon-neutral development in Abu Dhabi and sustainable urban design in Vietnam and India.
In New York, his work includes smart-growth town planning, LEED-accredited green building design, community-based planning for the south Bronx, and directing the Downtown Brooklyn Plan for the Regional Plan Association, America's oldest independent urban research and advocacy group, involving new public open spaces, pedestrian and transit improvements, and urban renewal.
Shaping U.S. and international policy on sustainable planning and design is integral to Raven's work. He serves as a member of the steering committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Global Change Research Program for Urban Resilience and as a technical advisor for the STAR Community Index, which is developing sustainable standards for American communities. He is a sought-after lecturer whose next appearance will be at his alma mater, Cambridge University in England, on Thursday, Sept. 20, to discuss sustainable cities.
Raven plans to work closely with NYIT colleagues to build on the work of his predecessors and continue to strengthen and grow the MAURD program. His course load includes teaching Urban Design Studio and a seminar focusing on urban history, infrastructure, and resilience.
"The urban design field is fluid and fast-moving, with growing focus on sustainability and interdisciplinary strategies," he says. "I was drawn to NYIT's commitment to integrated study. That approach will prepare graduates for this emerging market, and the Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design will help stimulate this dialogue within and beyond the university.
Raven also draws on a collaborative mindset in his 2011 paper published by Springer, "Cooling the Public Realm: Climate-Resilient Urban Design," which calls for design solutions inclusive of the energy sector, infrastructure planning, climate science, finance, and green building design. He is a co-author of the urban design and cities section of the 2012 U.S. National Climate Assessment Report.
In his spare time, Raven enjoys spending time with his wife, Annie, a French-American civil engineer and owner of an infrastructure asset management company, and their son, Matthew, and daughter, Elise. He can be found strumming a guitar, cooking without a cookbook, drawing, listening to jazz, reggae and classical music, or playing a weekly soccer match at a converted shipping pier on the Hudson River in Manhattan.
Watch an interview with Jeffrey Raven at the Global Forum on Urbanization and Health in Kobe, Japan.
Download a pdf of his paper, "Cooling the Public Realm: Climate-Resilient Urban Design" (Springer 2011).