Raphael Sperry

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Raphael Sperry, AIA is an architect, green building consultant, and president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR). He was the sustainable design consultant for a wide variety of private, institutional and commercial projects including complex infrastructure projects and many LEED Gold and LEED Platinum projects.  His clients have included San Francisco International Airport, U.C. Berkeley, and the California Academy of Sciences – the first project to win LEED Platinum in two rating systems (LEED-NC and LEED-EBO&M). In his previous architectural positions he completed the first permitted rainwater catchment system for a private home in California (Schulz Residence, Sausalito for 450 Architects) and led the design development of the largest straw-bale building in the United States (Ridge Winery, Healdsburg, CA for Freebairn-Smith & Crane Architects). He has consulted on green building policy for local governments including San Francisco, San Mateo County, and BART.

Raphael is president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), a 32-year old independent non-profit organization. He researches the intersection of architecture and planning with human rights with a special focus on prisons and jails, and advocates for design professionals to play a larger role in supporting human rights in the built environment. He directs ADPSR’s human rights advocacy, including ADPSR’s petition urging the AIA to amend their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to address buildings that violate human rights.  He was the first architect to receive a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations, hosted jointly by the University of California at Berkeley College of Environmental Design and Berkeley Law School, in 2012.  He is an active member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice and a leader of its subcommittee on sustainability.He holds an M.Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture and a BA summa cum Laude from Harvard University.



BA, Harvard University; Masters of Architecture, Yale University

Website: www.adpsr.org