Jeffrey Raven

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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.

Director of the graduate program in Urban and Regional Design, Raven has shaped the program to reflect the fluid, interdisciplinary, and global urban design profession as it is practiced today.

Raven is a practicing architect-urbanist and owner of RAVEN A+U, a professional practice with a focus on U.S. and international projects and knowledge transfer; he has carried out projects in the Arabian Gulf, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States, including low-carbon communities, green buildings, and smart growth. Raven contributes to the development of U.S. and international guidelines and metrics of sustainability and resilience, including STAR Communities, the Global EcoDistrict Protocol, McKinsey's Green Districts, and the Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel. His work expands on the traditional influence of architect-urbanists by bridging climate science, policy, and design practice.

Raven has delivered lectures and workshops at 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), the Asian Development Bank (Manila), the 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).

In 2015, Raven was elevated to Fellow of American Institute of Architects (FAIA) by the national College of Fellows. 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." In addition to this distinction, Raven was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (New York State) and is co-chair of the American Institute of Architects Planning & Urban Design Committee.

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