Having established 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, which has seen the recent completion of residential projects in Dubai. The female-led studio works across various sectors including residential, commercial, masterplanning and interiors. Beyond architecture, RAW-NYC supports initiatives aimed at social impact each year. The studio often works to promote awareness through design solutions that respond to challenges, like climate control or immigration.