Saad Rajan

Saad Rajan

Boston, MA, US



As a passionate entrepreneur, designer, and strategist, I've had the opportunity to work on five continents and design across scales -- digital, product, and spatial: from co-founding a social enterprise in East Africa, earthquake engineering in Central Asia, developing high-rise towers in North America, and building a global human-centered-design initiative spanning 12 countries.

With a childhood dream of becoming an architect, I spent many years navigating into more creative and human-centred-design work. Eventually, I built the confidence to go back to school and study design where I found my hum and became passionate about scaling access to creative work and developing original products. I co-founded Naya, during my Masters in Design Engineering at Harvard, with a vision to democratize design.

I believe the desire to create is instinctive, that creativity fights fear, can solve the toughest of problems, and drives inspiration and hope. I’ve become obsessed with making the world more creative. Send me a note if you are interested in working together towards this vision!


Saad's Featured Articles on Archinect

The Revival of Human-Centered Architecture, Thu, Nov 10 '22

For too long, we have incessantly glorified freshly-poured concrete Romanesque columns and marveled over crumpled-paper-inspired museums. This isn’t real architecture. The real architecture that is worth observing, touching, feeling, admiring, studying, critiquing, and understanding is the one ...

The Revival of Human-Centered Architecture


Naya Studio, Boston, CEO/Co-founder

Jun 2019 - current


Harvard University, Boston, MA, US, Masters, Masters in Design Engineering

Sep 2017 - Sep 2019

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, CA, Masters, Masters in Environmental Design

Jan 2015 - Jan 2017

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