Dominick Ranieri Architect, P.C.
30 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
dra is one of the premier multifamily, mixed use and new urban design specialty firms in Upstate New York.
With over 30 years in the development and architecture business, Dominick Ranieri has a broad knowledge of the complexities of the development industry and its need for quality land planning and building design solutions. He has a passionate love of beauty. His special talents for sculpture, painting and pencil drawings has provided him the unique ability to instantaneously express for clients his design concepts or a building’s decorative elements and its interior design while sitting with them. He also possesses a wide knowledge and library of art and architecture that he draws on continually in his work.
Mr. Ranieri believes that in the reality of community building and architecture the greatest returns realized by clients and the residents are not just from the project’s market values but from its total quality of design which starts with the planning process.
Dominick Ranieri studied at the University of Miami (UM) in beautiful Coral Gables Florida where he trained under world renowned architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, the designers of Sea Side Florida and the founders of the international movement known as “New Urbanism”. At UM Dominick received a Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree and graduated as an internationally recognized award winning student after achieving publication by Rizzoli and an award for his design submission to the Venice Biennale in 1985.
It was here at the University that Dominick was exposed to Historic Preservation with his work on the Historic “Bonnet House” In Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Dominick lead the student team charged to field measure and historically document the home and grounds with detailed drawings (hand drawn Ink on Mylar) for submission and deposit into the National Library of Congress in Washington DC. These drawings were recognized by the Library and Historic society and awarded Honorable mention for the “Charles E. Pederson Prize” in 1985, a high honor for student’s works in the field of historic preservation.
Since then, Dominick has maintained an affinity for great and enduring architecture and has worked on several restoration and renovation projects from Miami Florida to Saratoga Springs New York, and continues his efforts to preserve great buildings while respectfully repurposing them for the 21 century. Most recently dra has been engaged by a long time client to document, restore and renovate the Historic Adelphi Hotel built in 1877 in the City of Saratoga Springs NY.
In the mid 1980’s Dominick worked for world famous architect Hervin Romney, the founding partner of the Miami based firm “Architectonica”. During the early 1980’s this firm’s architectural stylings reached world acclaim with colorful and geometric high rise buildings on Biscayne Bay, made famous by the TV series “Miami Vice”.
After this experience Dominick established a partnership with a luxury home builder in Fort Lauderdale Florida where they designed and built over 25 custom homes in Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Gables. It was during this period of his professional life that Dominick forged his knowledge and understanding of the construction and renovation process. His experiences with every aspect of the design and construction process continued throughout his carrier and today he is considered by many to be a “builder’s architect”, just as competent in dealing with clients as he is with the contractors and consultants in the field.
Presently Dominick Ranieri works on numerous varieties and styles of architecture and New Urban Land Planning Projects throughout the Capital district of NY. His studio has significant ongoing relationships with several well established development firms in the region who continue to solicit Dominick’s help with their new projects. DRA’s work includes, Mixed use, multifamily low rise and midrise, commercial and retail as well as community developments (both land planning and building design) in excess of $500 million dollars.
Dominick is licensed in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. He is a member of NCARB, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Congress of Residential Architects (CORA) and is the founding member of the Place Making Chapter of CORA. Mr. Ranieri has been a member of The Congress of New Urbanism (CNU) since 2000, as well as a founding member of the New York State Chapter of the CNU and is a CNUNY board member.