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CONTENTS 07 EP: Can you explain how you empower communities through architecture, urban design, and interior design, creating more sustainable and innovative environments? RA: Empowerment is about giving people an active role in decisions that affect their lives. It is about being able to participate in and influence the creation of their environment. This covers all critical aspects of their lives and the spaces they inhabit on a macro and micro level, from what and where they eat, the environment in which they live

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in, sleep in, how they commute, how they socialise etc. It is also about empowering them economically through architecture that provides them with the space and the strategy to make a better return on their property and their investment. EP: Do you set aside specific times to cast vision to your employees and others in the industry? RA: For me, the whole thing is quite organic. I don’t necessarily plan it unless I

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am speaking, such as at a conference, then I would share my vision. But with staff or others, it comes out in meetings or when offering advice. And it can come out unexpectedly when an idea is triggered. EP: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop, both as a person and as an architectural practice? RA: Whether development is on a personal level or in the architectural practice, the process feels the same. For me, growth

happens when you are willing to face your shortcomings and fears. At times you might need to venture into new and unfamiliar territory.You have to adapt and be flexible to adjust your strategy as you go forward. If you are willing to do what it takes for the right reasons, then you develop as a human being and as a practice. This is for me part of the growth process.

RAYA ANI, FAIA, LEED AP FOUNDER | DESIGN DIRECTOR, RAW-NYC ARCHITECTS, NEW YORK CITY AND DUBAI

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