Architecture is a family tradition for Jeffrey Raven, NYIT's director of the graduate program in Urban and Regional Design. He has more than 20 years of experience, including running his namesake firm, RAVEN A+U. 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.
A practicing Architect-urbanist, he describes RAVEN A+U as a professional practice with focus on U.S.-international projects and knowledge transfer, including low-carbon communities, green buildings, smart growth, and green infrastructure. As professor, researcher and advocate steeped in creative practice, he brings to the School of Architecture and Design a focus on the intersection of urban morphology, low-carbon cities and climate to prepare graduates confronting a rapidly urbanizing world threatened by potentially catastrophic climate-change.
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 on a number of topics, including sustainable cities.
Raven’s climate-resilient urban design research is highly collaborative and cuts across disciplines. He drew on a collaborative mindset in his 2011 paper published by Springer,
Raven was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2015.