RAYA ANI is the Founder and Design Director of RAW-NYC Architects, she is the President of the American Institute of Architects- Middle East
Raya Ani is an award winning Architect and urban designer with 25 years of professional experience having worked in Baghdad, Germany, Boston, New York and Dubai.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, she was named one of the Top most powerful Architects in the Middle East.
She received her BSC in Architectural Engineering from Baghdad University with distinctions, and an MS in Architectural studies from MIT where she was awarded the Harvard / MIT Aga Khan Scholarship. She is a licensed Architect in the State of New York and a US Green Building Council Accredited Professional.
Raya has designed the first public green school in New York City and two green- certified (LEED) residential towers in Battery Park City. In 2011, she was nominated for the Middle-East Architect of the year Award and her work was highly commended by the jury. In 2012, she founded RAW-NYC Architects, an interdisciplinary architectural studio based in New York City and Dubai.
In 2013, she received AIA-ME honor award for her visionary work on the marshes of southern Iraq as well as a merit award for her design of Aspire sports complex in Qatar. In 2014, Her Aspire Sports complex project received the Leisure Project of the Year Award by Middle East Architect. In 2015, one of RAW-NYC Architects’ commercial projects was named “Most innovative Commercial structure” in Build Magazine’s 2015 Architecture Awards.
She has taught urban and architectural design studios and served as a guest critic at a number of leading architectural schools in New York and Boston. She is a regular guest speaker at many international architectural conferences including Harvard Arab conference where she moderated a panel on the future of the Arab city. She has been an active participant in workshops to help design schools and build communities.
Her research focuses on future living, future cities, economic and social sustainability and the intersection between technology, innovation and sustainability.
In 2012, RAYA ANI founded RAW-NYC in New York and established the Dubai office in 2014.
RAW-NYC is an interdisciplinary architectural studio based in New York City with an office in Dubai. RAW-NYC is a collaborative practice providing visionary and uniquely crafted architectural buildings, interior spaces, and urban design solutions worldwide. We provide our clients with an experienced team of leading consultants and offer a comprehensive list of architectural and construction services, including feasibility studies and master planning services.
We do large and small-scale developments, mixed-use projects, high-rise residential and office buildings, hotels, schools and higher education buildings, adaptive reuse, lab buildings, institutional buildings, cultural centers, and villas. We practice sustainability, from the larger master plan to the architecture and the interior spaces. We are leaders in energy and sustainable design.
RAW-NYC is a place of collective thinking, ongoing research, and investigation. We are inspired to design critically and innovatively to serve the individual and the public.
With a strong vision and open mind, we build for the joy of creating, for the joy of collaborating and for the joy of seeing our clients succeed.