Asad, Rafeeq

(414) 229-4014
Arch & Urban Planning 499

Bio

Rafeeq Asad is an artist, community leader and project specialist at JLA Architects. Heralded as a “local leader in social justice”, he is deeply passionate about uplifting the community and inspiring youth about architecture and the built environment. In 2019, Rafeeq in partnership with other minority architects in Wisconsin established the state’s first National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Chapter. As a committed mentor, he received the “2017 Outstanding Mentor” award by 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. Rafeeq has extensive experience designing inspiring cultural spaces for communities to ranging from libraries and museums to complex multi-use facilities. In 2018 and 2019, he was awarded as “Man of the Year” by the Gamma Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi. He also serves on Madison College’s Architecture Advisory Board and was appointed as a commissioner on the City of Madison’s Urban Design Commission.

Rafeeq’s work seeks to interrogate the capacity of architecture, (if any) in mitigating urban blight while sustaining prior identity and integrity of the built form. This occurrence subscribes that “a paradigm of architecture, from which meaning is derived, is one centered on the dialectic between culture and experience.” It has been said that architecture can best be defined as “a place where desire can live.” There are many prevailing theories of community which suggests that ‘place’ is among one of the most critical aspects of community development and society as a whole. The concept is that of combining a sense of community with a sense of place forms a stable, durable and cohesive local community which in turn shapes the broader society.

Education

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY | Pittsburgh, PA
Remaking Cities Institute, Fellowship 2011

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY | Tallahassee, FL
Master of Architecture, 2009

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY | Tallahassee, FL
Department of Urban & Regional Planning, 2004

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY | Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Science - Business Administration, 2002

Courses

Arch 310: Fundamentals of Arch Design I

Selected Work

The Center for Black Excellence & Culture | Madison, WI
One City Schools | Madison, WI
Martin Luther King Jr. Library (mixed-use/library) | Milwaukee, WI
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - South Side (LEED Silver) | Pittsburgh, PA
Frick Car & Carriage Museum (LEED Certified) | Pittsburgh, PA
3101 Fish Hatchery Road (mixed-use) |Madison, WI
Grandview Commons (commercial) | Madison, WI
Middleton Center phase 3 (mixed-use) | Middleton, WI
Cellular Dynamics (adaptive re-use) I Madison, WI
General Motors Research Metallurgical Lab |Warren, MI
General Motors Research Science Building |Warren, MI
Mayo Clinic | Rochester, MN
Qatar Institute | Qatar, UAE