Raad Studio is an award-winning Manhattan-based design firm with a portfolio of over 100 completed projects. Founded by designer James Ramsey in 2004, the firm specializes in the exploration of materiality, form and scale in a way that reveals the limitless potential of design, and that marries innovative thinking about function with a deep respect for the traditions of everyday living.
Raad specializes in objects and spaces that emphasize the process of construction, an expertise gleaned from close and continued collaboration with builders. Our imaginative approach to design results in complex and layered projects with clean linear outcomes that lend themselves to open space as well as cozy enclosures and moments of connection.
Raad Studio has received numerous design awards including the AIA 2015 Design Awards, the 2015 + 2016 Architizer A+ Awards, as well as from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for their work on The Lowline. Their work has been covered in more than 100 publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Metropolis, Monocle, and New York magazine.
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James Ramsey is the principal of raad and the creator of the Lowline. James’ experience in design began at Yale University, where he won a Bates Fellowship to study cathedral design in Europe. He then went to work as a satellite engineer for NASA, where he was a part of the team that created the Pluto Fast Flyby and the Cassini satellites. After his time at NASA, James gained large firm experience at DMSAS in Washington, DC and small firm knowledge, upon relocating to New York, at the boutique outfit, Penny Yates Architects. While teaching design at the Parsons School of Design, James worked to put the pieces in place to start his own design practice in 2004. Raad has since built over a hundred projects, both in NYC and across the country. James Ramsey is the inventor of the Remote Skylight and founder of raadStuff.
Kibum Park is a partner at raad. He has worked as lead designer on a number of projects in Korea, China and throughout the New York metropolitan area. Kibum oversees the design of all of the firm’s projects and is an expert across various markets with a focus on single and multi-family residential, commercial and hospitality projects.
Mike House is in charge of the firm’s large scale hospitality and multi-family residential projects and has completed many single family residential projects throughout New York City. He received a Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude from Pratt Institute. His undergraduate thesis work, exploring architectural interventions involving abandoned housing sites throughout the South Bronx in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis earned him an honors thesis award. Having gained first hand building experience renovating abandoned buildings on the Lower East Side as part of that area’s homesteaders movement, Mike is particularly interested in the intersection of architectural design, community planning, and sustainable real estate practices in New York City. Mike was promoted to partner in 2013.
Sang-yun Han is an architectural project manager at raad. He earned an M. Arch from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea in 2006. He has received numerous awards in several international design competitions including the Evolo Skyscraper competition. Sang-yun has worked for leading Architectural firms in both the US and Korea and is an expert in residential and commercial design and construction.
Jasper has been a designer for raad since receiving his Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Pratt Institute in 2015. He has had his hand in many exhibitions, including co-coordinating the Office for Emergency Management (OEM) urban post-disaster housing exhibition in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. His thesis project also dealt with crisis-based urbanism, proposing a large-scale civic response to California’s ongoing drought through the injection of public parks in Los Angeles’ downtown region. When out of the office, Jasper co-manages a design publication, which features the work of local artists, writers, and architects.
Jaeyual Lee is a designer at raad. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and received the Earl Prize in Design. In 2014, he received a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a graduate scholarship. Prior to joining raad, Jaeyual was part of the design team which was one of three finalists in the international competition for the National Library of Israel.
Asha Llewellyn is a junior project manager at raad. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design in 2014. While studying abroad at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture, she worked as a student participant in an international workshop for Ljubljana, Slovenia. The aim was to redesign a cruise port as part of the revitalization master plan for the City of Koper. In addition, her subsequent design projects at the Vicenza Institute earned her the International Studies Award from the University of Florida for outstanding work.
YouBeen Kim holds a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design from OCAD University in Canada where she received many awards of excellence and a medal for the best graduation project. She has worked on various projects in leading architecture firms in diverse cultural settings including Morphosis Architects in LA, Superpool Architects in Istanbul and Corearchism Associates in Seoul. Her work explores multiple scales and disciplines including architecture/interior, urban design and art. Her interest in design and research work stems from exploring the converging moments and spatial conception from the paradoxical and diametrical relationships at multiple scales.
Charles is an M.Arch graduate from Pratt Institute. He has design and project management experience in single-and multi-family residential, hospitality, and restaurant projects. He finds construction detailing to be the most exciting aspect of his day-to- day routine.