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, he has shaped the program to engage the fluid, interdisciplinary and global urban design profession that is practiced in the 21st century.
Sustainable and resilient urban design specialist Jeffrey Raven discusses the urgent challenges faced by hot cities.
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. Projects in the Arabian Gulf, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States include low-carbon communities, green buildings, and smart growth. Raven contributes to the development of US and international sustainable-resilient guidelines-metrics, including STAR Communities, the Global EcoDistrict Protocol, McKinsey’s Green Districts and Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel. His work expands on the traditional influence and capabilities of architect-urbanists by bridging climate science, policy and design practice.
Raven's lectures and workshops include Cambridge University (England), The World Bank (Washington), the Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris), the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), Columbia University, Cornell University, Tongji University (Shanghai), Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture, Peking University, Xiamen University (China), Mumbai First (India), Asian Development Bank (Manila), United Nations (UNEP, Habitat, UNDP), the Regional Assembly (NYC) and The New York Times Knowledge Network. His publications include coordinating lead author of Climate Change and Cities (Cambridge University Press 2018); Climate Resilient Urban Design, Resilient Cities (Springer 2011); and Shaping Resilient Cities in China, India and the United States (P. Lang 2014).
Raven was elevated to Fellow of American Institute of Architects (FAIA) by the national College of Fellows (2015). The FAIA “is awarded to architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”
Appointed to the Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects, New York State (2018).
Appointed Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects Planning & Urban Design Committee.
- Climate-resilient urban design: Raven’s widely-circulated work “Cooling the Public Realm: Climate-Resilient Urban Design” (in 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 2018). His section of the 2015 Summary for City Leaders, “Embedding Climate Change in Urban Planning & Design,” released at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), presented cities with the scientific basis for effective climate-resilient planning and urban design strategies (2010-2018).
- Member of the Urban Land Institute Technical Assistant Panel comprised of leading design, planning, financial, infrastructure and sustainability experts, to configure a sustainable and resilient Gowanus district in Brooklyn, NY., 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. (2018). Urban planning and urban 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. The confluence of research and operational application in this scholarship is providing a blueprint for how to convincingly configure sustainable and climate-resilient urban districts. Prof. Raven is presenting this work across multiple platforms and locations worldwide. He is organizing workshops with urban designers/urban planners, climatologists, policymakers, stakeholders and graduate students working side-by-side.
- Raven, J., Klein-Rosenthal, J. (2017). “Urban Heat and Urban Design: An Opportunity to Transform in NYC.” The Sallan Foundation, Inc.
- Raven, J. (December 4, 2017). “To Curb Climate Change, Cities Need the Right Design,” Forbes.com.
- 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, Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, Earth Institute, Columbia University.
- Raven, J. “Shaping Resilient Cities in China, India, and the United States,” in Gaborit, P. (ed.), European and Asian Sustainable Towns, PIE Peter Lang SA, Brussels (2014).
- Raven, Jeffrey. (2011), “Cooling the Public Realm: Climate-Resilient Urban Design,” in Konrad Otto-Zimmerman (ed.), Resilient Cities 1:451-463. Series: Local Sustainability, Vol. 1, Springer.
- International IPCC Cities, Panel Chair and Presenter. The CitiesIPCC aims to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities. Raven’s panels comprised other global experts on the intersection of urban form and climate, Edmonton, Canada 2018.
- Cambridge University, England, Climate-Resilient Urban Design: Bridging Science and Practice, IDBE Master’s Programme/Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Invited lecturer / led workshop on the intersection of urban form, climate and implementation strategies, 2017.
- International Climate Chance Summit, Agadir, Morocco. Co-led workshop, a panel of European and American experts. NYIT graduate student joined the panel to present innovative research completed by graduate urban design student team for East Midtown Manhattan, 2017.
- Urban Transition in Face of Climate Change, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Co-led international workshop on Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation in Urban Planning, Urban Design and Architecture. Joined by leadership from the French national and Paris city government to evaluate innovative strategies for a carbon-neutral Paris. Sponsored by UCCRN, CNRS, Sorbonne Universités, 2017.
- Climate Change in NYC: Bridging Science and Practice, Center for Architecture, New York City. Co-moderator/panelist and lecturer. Panel discussion featured in Oculus magazine and video [https://vimeo.com/224967916], Fall 2017.
- 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 percent of the AIA members have this distinction.
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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