Nicholas Raap

Nicholas Raap

Brooklyn, NY, US



Nicholas Raap is a writer and designer based in New York. He trained in architecture and critical studies at Iowa State University between Ames, IA and Rome, IT, and at the Architectural Association in London, UK. His writing has appeared in the New York Review of Architecture, Sent, and DATUM Journal of Architecture, where he was previously Editor-in-Chief. Critically questioning the production of space, his work and collaborations have been published in the Journal of Architecture Education, ArchDaily, and Archinect, and exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 2016 Venice Biennale.


The New York Review of Architecture, New York, NY, US, Skyline Editor

Jun 2021 - current

Iowa State University, College of Design, Ames, IA, US, Teaching Assistant

for Foundational Design Studios and Seminars for 8 classes.

Jan 2016 - May 2019

DATUM, Journal of Architecture, Ames, IA, US, Editor + Contributor

Editor-in-Chief of Issue No. 10, Projections, with Kellie Walters. Editor for four issues.

Aug 2015 - May 2019

Blackbird Investments, Des Moines, IA, US, Architectural Designer

May 2018 - Aug 2018


Iowa State University, Ames, IA, US, Architecture

Architecture and Critical Studies in Design

Aug 2014 - May 2019

Iowa State University, Rome, IT, College of Design Rome Program

Jan 2018 - May 2018

Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, GB, Visiting School Semester Program

Aug 2017 - Dec 2017



Substance Design Forum, 2nd Place

Competition juried by Marlon Blackwell, Julie Snow, and Substance Architects. Awarded by the Department of Architecture, Iowa State University.


CSI Iowa Design Competition, Honorable Mention

Awarded by the Construction Specifications Institute of Iowa in conjunction with the Department of Architecture, Iowa State University.


H. Kennard Bussard Award, 2nd Place

Awarded by the Department of Architecture, Iowa State University.


William M. Dikis, FAIA Service Scholarship, Scholarship

Awarded by AIA Iowa.


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