RAFT specializes in the design of campuses and civic spaces. We create ecologically rich and resource-efficient landscapes which inspire lasting bonds between people and place.
Since our launch in 2012, RAFT has emerged as a small firm with the capacity to achieve significant civic landscapes. These include a multi-modal greenway vision for Queens Boulevard, the garden at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the colossal living sculpture Split-Rocker with artist Jeff Koons.
Our process is rooted in the dialogue between firm partners Matt Donham and Rebecca Hill. Our distinct, complementary perspectives lead us to actively question and reevaluate assumptions throughout the life of each project. Rebecca draws on her science background to dive deeply into research underlying landscape ecology and place-making. Her methodological approach and ability to digest critical data allows her to reveal site potentials that are not immediately apparent. Matt focuses on the critical devices of scale, form, and composition to enable people to forge deep connections with their surroundings.