RDG Welcomes David Raver
Lighting Designer, David R. Raver, IESNA, IALD, LC, has recently joined the RDG Planning & Design team as the Market Leader for our Lighting Design Studio! In Mr. Raver’s 20-plus years he has created and led award winning lighting designs for project types ranging from intimate religious spaces to the spectacle of theatrical productions at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. – including some of Iowa’s most iconic sites.
As an award-winning designer, David’s work has been honored and recognized by peer and trade groups alike, including an International Illumination Design Award for his lighting design of the Union Pacific Railway Pedestrian Bridge over the Des Moines River. David’s talents have been applied to Presidential Museums and Libraries, internationally recognized public art installations, and the world headquarters and corporate campus of a Fortune 500 company. His diverse lighting experience and deep knowledge allow David to meaningfully collaborate no matter the scale or location.
Some of his representative projects include:
- “From Here to There”: High Trestle Trail Bridge Public Art – Madrid, IA
- World Food Prize – Hall of Laureates – Des Moines, IA
- Union Pacific Railroad Bridge Renovation – Des Moines, IA
- University of Florida – Heavener Football Complex, Baseball Practice Facility, Lacrosse Locker Room – Gainesville, FL
- First National Bank Metro Crossing – Council Bluffs, IA
- Bayliss Park– Council Bluffs, IA
- George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (with Archillume) – College Station, TX
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (with HOK) – Springfield, IL
- Sun Microsystems World Headquarters and Corporate Campus (w/ HOK) – Broomfield, CO
“I am so pleased to return to a firm that believes and practices collaborative, integrated design,” said Mr. Raver. “I can’t wait to see what incredible projects we can create with fantastic, integrated lighting!”
Mr. Raver’s attention to aesthetics and the perceived visual environment is a driving force in his design process. As a lighting designer, his strength is to take what begins as an artist or architect’s “vision” and then realize it creatively through integrated choices for lighting intensity and color, placement of lights, the lighting materials and equipment to be used, and more. His design solutions are a careful balance between realizing the “vision” and providing equipment and technology that is easy to maintain, dependable, within the project’s budget and aesthetically pleasing to the natural or architectural environment. Mr. Raver’s work is further enhanced through his deep knowledge and research into how lighting design can impact healing, learning, and therapeutic environments.
“We are thrilled to augment our Lighting Studio with the talent, experience, insight, and enthusiasm that David brings,” said RDG President Justin Platts. “I’ve had the great pleasure of working closely with him on past projects and am so happy to again have the opportunity. It was David that first opened my eyes to the power that light has to shape space and inform an experience – the effect it has on how we feel. I’m eager for him to share how he sees the world with our colleagues and clients alike.”
You can connect with David on LinkedIn.
Mr. Raver will be responsible for all phases of Lighting Design at RDG including: client communications, design development and presentations, project design, field observations, project commissioning and aiming, as well as completion of drawings, details, calculations, documentation, computer renderings, specifications and assisting with lighting marketing materials and presentations.