Jeffrey Raven is a specialist in sustainable and resilient urban design whose research is applied through his professional practice and disseminated throughout the profession, government, and allied disciplines.

As Director of the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design, Raven's program engages the fluid, interdisciplinary, and global urban design profession that is practiced in the 21st century, focused on the intersection of urban form, low-carbon cities, and climate to prepare graduates confronting a rapidly urbanizing world threatened by potentially catastrophic climate-change.

Sustainable and resilient urban design specialist Jeffrey Raven discusses the urgent challenges faced by hot cities.

Sustainable and resilient urban design specialist Jeffrey Raven discusses the urgent challenges faced by hot cities.

Raven expands on the traditional influence and capabilities of architect-urbanists by integrating climate science, natural systems, and compact urban form to configure desired community outcomes across spatial scales and urban sectors. His integrated research seeks to bridge the gaps in tools, methods and language between policymakers, urban designers and urban climatologists.

He is a practicing Architect-urbanist, owner of RAVEN A+U, a professional practice with focus on US-international projects and knowledge transfer, including low-carbon communities, green buildings, smart growth, and green infrastructure. Raven was a contributor to the development of US-international planning strategies, guidelines, and policy, including technical advisor for STAR Communities—a sustainability tool to assess and rate American communities, and US EPA Program for Urban Resilience.

Raven is Co-Chair of the Planning & Urban Design Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, a platform for practitioners and communities to test innovative strategies and advocate for livable neighborhoods.  

He was educated at Cambridge University, Trinity College, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Climate-resilient urban design: Raven’s widely-circulated published work, Cooling the Public Realm: Climate-Resilient Urban Design (Resilient Cities, Springer 2011) provides an operational framework and case studies for practicing urban design professionals, and a policy framework for municipal governments. He serves as coordinating lead author for Climate Change and Cities (Cambridge University Press 2017). His 2015 Summary for City Leaders, Embedding Climate Change in Urban Planning & Design at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) presented cities with the scientific basis for effective climate-resilient planning and urban design strategies (2010-2017).
  • EcoDistricts Global Protocol: Raven is an Advisory Committee member developing a global Protocol for EcoDistricts, to define performance requirements for delivering district and neighborhood sustainability projects worldwide. Seven North American EcoDistrict Target Cities are underway, including Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC, 2014-15.
  • Project EAST- Euro-Asian Sustainable Towns, Raven's three-year collaboration as technical expert with Chinese, Indian and European officials and urban experts through Project EAST tested climate-resilient urban design in Asia, resulting in his publication Shaping Resilient Cities in China, India and the United States. European New Town and Pilot Cities Platform (ENTP) is the managing partner of this program, with Basildon (UK), Baoshan (China), Qingpu (China), Naya Raipur (India) and the Euro-India Center. Raven contributed to the research initiatives in Qingpu, Shanghai, as a part of a group of urban experts from China, India and Europe to survey the condition of strategic and vulnerable settlements within Shanghai's expanding regional growth zone, 2014.
  • STAR Community Rating System 1.0: Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities, STAR Communities, Washington DC, 2012. Raven served as Technical Advisor for three years to develop a national sustainability and resilience rating system, now being adopted by twenty American cities. For the publication STAR Community Rating System 1.0: Sustainability Tools for Assessing or Rating Communities (2013), Raven was co-leader of the Green Infrastructure goal, and contributed to Climate Resilience/Adaptation; Comprehensive Planning; Transportation/Mobility; Compact/Complete Communities and Natural Systems, 2008-2013.
  • Global Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development (EPA): Raven was a member of the Technical Steering Committee to develop an Urban Resilience Framework for American Communities based upon urban areas' resilience to climate change. The Steering Committee shaped federal policy by ensuring realistic, useful and rigorous project outcomes from the practitioner's perspective, 2012-2013.
  • McKinsey and Company, Unlocking the Value of Green Districts: Developing a Business Case. It provides cities with the value proposition for implementing sustainable district strategies, External Expert, 2012.


  • Raven, J., Stone, B., Mills, G., Towers, J., Katzschner, L., Leone, M., Gaborit, P., Georgescu, M., and Hariri, M. (2017). Urban planning and design. In C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, and S. Ali Ibrahim (eds.), Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge University Press. Raven is Coordinating Lead Author to this international publication to help cities around the world address the causes and consequences of climate change.
  • Raven, J. Embedding Climate Change in Urban Planning and Design. (2015). In C. Rosenzweig, W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, and S. Ali Ibrahim (eds.) ARC3.2, Summary for City Leaders: Climate Change and Cities, Urban Climate Change Research Network, Columbia University.
  • Raven, J. Shaping Resilient Cities in China, India and the United States, Gaborit, P. (ed.), European and Asian Sustainable Towns, PIE Peter Lang SA, Brussels (2014).
  • Raven, Jeffrey. Cooling the Public Realm: Climate-Resilient Urban Design · Resilient Cities(2011) 1: 451-463, 2011. Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change - Proceedings of the Global Forum 2010, Series: Local Sustainability, Vol. 1, Otto-Zimmermann, Konrad (Ed.), 2011, XLIV, 576 p.


  • Toward Developing a Blueprint for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), invited and sponsored by the US National Science Foundation as speaker and panelist, Shenzhen, China, 2016.
  • The South Bronx: Seeds for Urban Transformation – How Policy, Planning & Design Shape New York Neighborhoods; Annual Conference ASLA-APA-AIA; Raven organized and moderated a panel for the interdisciplinary conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Architects, 2016.
  • Sustainable Megacities: US-China EcoPartnership Forum, Beijing; Panel Chair/lecturer. Led by New York Institute of Technology and Peking University; co-funded by the US National Science Foundation, 2015. 
  • Urban Transitions in the Face of Climate Change: Jeffrey lectured and was a panelist at a COP21-labelled event in Paris, France. Jeffrey presented his key research findings in Summary to City Leaders for Climate Change in Cities (2015). The event was held at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, the center for urban planning and architecture of Paris. It marked the launch of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) Hub in Europe. Fellow presenters included UCCRN/NASA-Goddard, the Mayor's Office for the City of Paris, the Atelier International du Grand Paris and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 2015.

Honors & Awards

  • College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 2015. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Jeffrey was among the 147 AIA members elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows in 2015. Out of a total AIA membership nationwide of more than 85,000, only 3,200 members have been distinguished with this honor.

Courses Taught at NYIT

  • ARCH 701: Urban and Regional Design Studio I
  • ARCH 702: Urban and Regional Design Studio II
  • ARCH 703: Urban and Regional Design Studio III
  • ARCH 824: City + Regional Resources + Infrastructure

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