Raphael Samach AIA
Co-founder and Managing Director of SAMACH+SEO Architecture and Planning LLP (SAS-Arc)
As Managing Director of the firm, Raffie brings a wealth of expertise and insight to the design and delivery process. Over the course of his 36 year career in design and management, Raffie has worked on major projects in over 20 countries, including large-scale residential communities, transportation centers, and mixed-use developments. As a global design practitioner, Raffie is best known for his work on the master plan and design of integrated urban centers, and he has extensive experience working on hotels, office buildings, retail space, high- and mid-rise residential projects, as well as educational facilities.
Prior to founding SAS-Arc, Raffie was Design Principal in the New York and Washington DC offices of AECOM. During his eleven years with AECOM, Raffie played a key role in some of the firm’s most notable projects, including the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and Rawabi, the first planned development in the West Bank of Palestine.
Raffie began his career at John Portman & Associates, where he worked for 18 years and served as Vice President and Design Director. While at JP&A, Raffie led several of the firm’s most recognized projects, such as Shanghai Centre in Shanghai, China, Sun Trust Plaza in Atlanta, GA, The Signature Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the renovation of Rockefeller Center in New York, NY. In addition, Raffie established the JP&A office in Hong Kong.
Raffie’s projects have been extensively published in both books and newspapers. Rawabi has been featured in numerous publications, including Time Magazine, Engineering News Record, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, and The Daily. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub has received extensive coverage since its unveiling in January 2003, garnering the attention of major media outlets around the world. Shanghai Centre and Sun Trust Tower have been featured in numerous books on John Portman, high rises, and contemporary architecture in China.