Middle East Architect - - POWER LIST -

Es­tab­lish­ing RAW-NYC in 2012 in New York, Iraqi ar­chi­tect Raya Ani runs the bou­tique in­ter­dis­ci­plinary ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dio with a fo­cus on “uniquely crafted build­ings, in­te­rior spa­ces and ur­ban de­sign so­lu­tions in the GCC area and world­wide”. With a six to eight-mem­ber team, Ani opened the stu­dio’s Dubai of­fice in 2014, and the fe­male-led team works across var­i­ous sec­tors in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, mas­ter­plan­ning and in­te­ri­ors. In 2018, Ani saw a num­ber of res­i­den­tial projects be­gin con­struc­tion in the UAE. Serv­ing as the 2017 Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects – Mid­dle East Chap­ter, Ani launched the in­sti­tute in Bagh­dad to em­power Iraqi ar­chi­tects. Her stu­dio also won first place for the Liber­land com­pe­ti­tion, aimed at cre­at­ing a new mi­cro-na­tion to ac­com­mo­date im­mi­grants.

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