Reena Racki

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Ms. Racki is principal of Reena Racki Associates, a full service architecture and planning firm. Ms. Racki’s career spans over twenty years with experience in architecture and planning in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Prior to starting her independent practice, Reena had professional experience working for public and private firms and organizations in the United States and abroad in France, England, Africa, and Latin America.

Ms. Racki has won many professional awards including an Andrew Mellon Award, Graham Foundation for the Arts Award, Helen Gardner Prize, Sagorsky Award, Natal Building Society Innovative Housing Award, several MIT fellowships, etcetera. She was nominated in 1997 to the Lambda Alpha Honorary International Land Economics Society.

Her work has been published in the Washington Post, the DC American Institute of Architects Journal, At Home, Better Homes and Garden, The Hill Rag, Ekistics, Preservation Magazine, Window and Wall Magazine, Archithese and others. Reena has been an invited speaker on architecture at the Smithsonian, the National Building Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Catholic University, the World Bank, and the American Planning Association.

Her interest in houses, neighborhoods and communities is expressed for example, in her work as co-founder of Historic Chevy Chase DC, Main Street Chevy Chase DC, and her role in saving the Avalon Theatre. At Avalon Day, the recent re-opening, she served as architectural guide.
Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and South Africa
Bachelor of Architecture
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Master of Architecture in Advanced Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cross registered at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Corcoran Museum School
Community Design Services for the American Institute of Architects
United States Agency for International Development – Invited Speaker
World Bank Economic Development Institute – Invited Speaker
Harvard University Graduate School of Design – Visiting Design Critic
National Building Museum – Seminars and study Tours
Smithsonian Study Tours and Seminars – Overseas Study Leader abroad
American University, American Studies Department – Invited Speaker
Professional Papers in Progressive Architecture, Ekistics Journal, Archithese
AIA Visions of Home – Exhibitor and Panelist
Chesapeake Environmental Planning Protection Association – Invited Speaker
Anne Arundel County Planning Department – Invited Speaker
Historic Chevy Chase DC and Main Street Chevy Chase – Frequent Lecturer
Urban Sprawl and the future of Washington, D.C. – Invited Panelist
Coalition for Non-Profit Housing Developers – Invited Panelist
Smithsonian Resident Associates – Invited Speaker
National Park Service – Invited Speaker