Associate Professor; Architect
S.D.S., Sustainable Design Specialization, University of Texas at Austin
M. Arch, University of Texas at Austin
B. Design, Architecture, University of Florida
Registered Architect + LEED AP
Peter Raab is an architect and educator. Raab holds a Master of Architecture with a Specialization in Sustainable Design from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Design from the College of Architecture at The University of Florida. His research lies in cultural sustainability where he investigates phenomenology of place and the resonance of materials within architectural design.
Raab has worked with prestigious architectural design firms such as Pritzker Prize winning architect Foster & Partners in London, Burton Baldridge Architects in Austin, and Envision Design in Washington DC, before founding the Austin Design Collaborative in 2009 and Raab Architects in 2014.
Raab currently teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios, advanced architectural technology courses, coordinates the architectural technology sequence, and curates the College of Architecture Materials Library at Texas Tech University. Since arriving in Lubbock in the fall of 2012, Raab has initiated a complete redesign of the undergraduate technology sequence through the use of haptic, hands-on approach to convey knowledge of the stuff of architecture. Building on his interest in innovative and immersive methodologies to align architectural technology to foster a more ecologically driven, material-conscious and poetic way to merge construction processes and design with architectural experience.
As the founder of the award-winning Austin Design Collaborative and Raab Architects, Raab explores material resonance through a series of small, but impactful architectural investigations such as Rope House, winner of the 2012 Sukkah City: Austin Competition, Ice House, entry into the 2015 Warming Huts Competition, along with Adobe, a BaSiC Initiative design-build project in the Sonoran desert of Mexico. These materials-based, site specific architectural interventions continue with his involvement in The Grace Center in Malawi, where Raab has been leading an interdisciplinary and international team of design, community leaders and educators in the design of the new, 6-room schoolhouse, kitchen and dining infrastructure.
During the spring of 2017, Raab was awarded the Big XII Faculty Fellowship for my research in “Integrative Design Models for Architectural Education” to visit Iowa State's College of Design.
Raab has been awarded several teaching awards, namely the 2015-2016 Dr. Jones Award for excellence in teaching, the 2016 Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech University. In 2016 one of Raab's students, Mario Ramos was awarded First Prize in the international 2016 ACSA / AISC Steel Student Competition for VertiCALI.
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