Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED AP


With today’s environmental challenges, the design and planning context is rapidly evolving, increasingly integrated and complex. To help meet these challenges, we provide our clients with more than 20 years of international expertise and leadership in sustainable planning and design. These services include architecture, integrated urban design and planning, and sustainable policy guidelines. Our approach to project visioning, green buildings, public space design and master planning capitalizes on integrated systems to enhance desired outcomes across multiple scales while shrinking the ecological footprint of our buildings and urban districts. Our leadership in this evolving field is drawn from practical project experience and contribution to shaping policy on sustainable planning and design.


Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C is principal of the firm. He is a specialist in sustainable and resilient urban design whose research is applied in professional practice and disseminated throughout the profession, government and allied disciplines. As Director of the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design at New York Institute of Technology, he has shaped the program to engage the fluid, interdisciplinary and global urban design profession that is practiced in the 21st century. 

His professional practice focuses on US-international urban design projects and knowledge transfer. Projects in the Arabian Gulf, India, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the United States include low-carbon communities, green buildings, and smart growth.  Jeffrey 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.

His 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), Chinese University of Hong Kong, 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); From Climate Science to Practice, Urban Design & Climate Change, Urban Design Journal, London (2019).

He has served since 2015 as Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Planning & Urban Design Committee.

Low-Carbon, Energy Efficient Projects
•    Sustainable planning in Vietnam, India, East Asia, South Africa, the US and Middle East, including Masdar carbon-neutral development in Abu Dhabi; green airport design, and LEED-accredited adaptive re-use of buildings

Capacity-Building / Knowledge Transfer

•    Faculty + Director, NYIT MS Architecture, Urban + Regional Design
•    Faculty, Columbia University MS Architecture + Urban Design
•    Faculty, The New York Times Knowledge Network
•    China International Urbanization Forum, Shanghai 
•    WHO-UN Habitat, Kobe, Japan: Urbanization, Sustainability and Public Health
•    Lecturer, Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership

Research Grants: National Science Foundation Grants totaling $1.17 million
National Science Foundation (2018). The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI-Belmont-InSource): $375K; Co-PI for 3 Years. Raven leads the InSource (a European-American urban research consortium) Case Study in NYC in collaboration with local experts from the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) in coordination with key community stakeholder groups on Net-Zero Carbon and resilient district in NYC. The InSource consortium is developing a 3-D data modeling tool to enhance sustainability of the food/energy/water (FEW) nexus in urban environments.

National Science Foundation (2019). City-as-Lab INFEWS/T3 RCN: $747K; Co-PI for 5 Years. A Research Coordination Network for the Study of the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development. Lead researcher to working group on visioning, engaging stakeholder, advising graduate students on field test and validating the proposed model and framework.

National Science Foundation (2019). National Workshop on Architectural Faculty in Environmental Sustainability Research (WAFES): $50K; Co-PI, WAFES investigator/session leader. The intent is to engage Architectural researchers who are pursuing, environmental sustainability research related to the built environment; to build architecture faculty capacity to successfully pursue NSF proposals. 

Published Work - Selected

Raven, J. (2019) From Climate Science to Practice, Urban Design & Climate Change, Urban Design Journal, Urban Design Group, London, ISSN: 1750 712X.

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, J., Leone, M. (2018). Shaping Climate Resilient Cities through Innovative, Multi-Scale and Adaptive-Mitigation Design Methods, TECHNE-Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment.

Raven, J. (2017). To Curb Climate Change, Cities Need the Right Design, Forbes Media LLC.

Raven, J., Klein-Rosenthal, J. (2017). Urban Heat and Urban Design: An Opportunity to Transform in NYC. The Sallan Foundation, Inc.

Raven, J. Climate-Resilient Urban Design (Resilient Cities, Springer 2011).

Sustainable Guidelines and Policy
•    STAR Community Index to assess the sustainability of American cities
•    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Global Change - Urban Resilience
•    Climate Positive Development Program- global carbon-neutral urban districts

National and international forums
•    Energy Efficiency and Cities, Asian Development Bank
•    Resilient Cities, World Congress on Cities and Climate Change
•    Regional Assembly, Regional Plan Association, New York