Raffi Tomassian, AIA

Raffi Tomassian, AIA

Cincinnati, OH, US



  • Two decades of practice experience.  Leadership in the design and production of S, M, L and XL sized architectural projects. Bridging and blurring the boundaries between the practice of architecture, academic research and the arts. Expertise in leading small to mid-size teams from concept to project completion. Cost management through advanced technology and creative solutions in support of advanced design ideas. Consultant team cohesion.

  • Eleven years of lecturing and studio instruction at upper and graduate level in US and abroad.  Recognized with exhibit invitations and design awards. Conference involvement and presentations. 

  • Always interested and deeply involved in the cross-insemination between the arts and design disciplines.

  • Specialties: Concept design, analysis, optimization and visualization, client interaction, design team leadership, consultant interaction and cohesion in architecture and construction.
    Parametric design and Building Information Modeling.
    Building Envelope Design



RT Design Studio, Cincinnati, OH, US, Owner/Principal

Private architectural practice with focus on residential, mixed use, retail, transportation, and urban design.

Jul 2008 - current

Faithful+Gould, Alexandria, VA, US, Project Manager

Project management and owner’s representation at various projects: office, industrial plant, including secure access sites (SCIF) for Rolls-Royce in the Indianapolis area.

Sep 2012 - Dec 2013

DNK Architects, Cincinnati, OH, US, Lead Designer/Project Architect.

Responsible for developing projects from concept through completion, design team management, client interaction, consultant coordination, BIM design and management, IPD process synching, marketing, client and review agencies presentations

Nov 2006 - Nov 2011

Safdie Architects, Somerville, MA, US, Project Designer

Project Designer on a portion of a $ 3.8 Billion Integrated Resort project. Primary responsibilities for two 2000 seat Broadway roadhouse style theaters.

Jul 2006 - Nov 2006

GBBN Architects, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, US, Senior Designer

Project Designer responsible for developing multifamily residential and mixed use projects, from concept through DD for the company’s China division. Team management. Work at GBBN China in Beijing. Marketing responsibilities;

Oct 2004 - Apr 2006

glaserworks Architecture + Urban Design, Cincinnati, OH, US, Project Designer

Project designer for one of firm’s studios. Responsible for project development from schematics through DD. Leading the digital modeling and multimedia presentations of the studio. R&D in proto-BIM: methods for interfacing digital design and construction technology. Leadership in continuing education and data management.

Jun 1997 - Oct 2004


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Masters, MSArch

Sep 1995 - Jun 1997

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia, Bulgaria, MArch, Professional Degree in Architecture (MArch equivalent)

Oct 1989 - Jun 1994


AIA Cincinnati Honor Design Award, 1st Place

Kids’ Shop at Cincinnati Zoo.


AIA Cincinnati Design Award, Honorable Mention

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Harvey Ave. Parking Garage.


ACSA Cash prize, 1st Place

ACSA Cash prize for advisory function in helping the student team win the AIRPORT. SECURITY. CIRCULATION competition. Student Winners: James Diewald, Michael Frederick


Areas of Specialization