Raphael Sperry

Raphael Sperry, AIA, LEED AP, is president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), and the first architect to receive a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations. 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.

Sperry was the inaugural winner of the AIA San Francisco chapter Young Architect Award in recognition of his “engagement with public policy issues ranging from sustainability to social justice to community engagement.” He is an active member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice and a leader of its subcommittee on sustainability. Sperry has served as a sustainable-design consultant for many institutional and commercial projects pursuing LEED certification, including San Francisco International Airport, University of California at Berkeley, and the California Academy of Sciences. He completed the first permitted rainwater catchment system for a private home in California and led the design development of the largest straw-bale building in the United States.

Sperry has taught courses on green architecture, building systems, and building energy use at Stanford University and California College of the Arts. He holds an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture and a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University.