About dra

dra is the premier multifamily, mixed-use and new urban design specialty firm in Upstate New York.

Dominick Ranieri Architect (dra) focuses on the design of new urban communities, including commercial, retail, and residential architecture.

The firm’s approach to design is based on the specific features of place, maximizing their potential and the architectural relationship between the buildings and their urban surroundings or rural context. dra addresses the concerns of our clients while carefully fostering mutual commitment and understanding between all stakeholders for the values of good design solutions. It is our belief that in the reality of community building (a community of mixed uses or single uses), the greatest returns realized by our clients are not just from the project’s location, but from its design.
Located in historic downtown Schenectady, New York, dra has endured the fluctuations of the local and national economic dynamics while maintaining its core beliefs and high design standards. For more than 20 years, the firm has experienced a consistent growth of commissions from a 90% repeat and referral base of clients both regionally and nationally.

Recently, dra partnered with the Martin Architectural Group (TMAG), a national firm in Philadelphia, PA. This new relationship was forged over the past 30 years when Dominick first worked for the Martin Architectural Group in their Boca Raton Florida office as a project manager and designer for many award winning projects in Florida. Dominick eventually migrated back to his home state of New York in the early 90s, where he managed TMAG’s NY office and client base throughout the state. dra and TMAG’s relationship continued through the years even after dra was formed in 1996.

dra utilizes traditional design techniques to provide unique and dynamic design solutions to our clients. We are recognized for developing creative design solutions for any sized projects from a single build to an entire community.