Raúl de Armas
Raúl de Armas is a founding principal of MdeAS, established as Moed de Armas Architects in 1991. He is recognized internationally as one of the world's preeminent design architects. De Armas has designed and completed many major buildings in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and the Middle East. In his career spanning 50 years, de Armas has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, a citation from Italy's Istituto Nazionale di Architettura, and he was named Interiors Magazine's Designer of the Year in 1984. His master plan for the Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia received the AIA Twenty-five Year Award in 2010. He most recently was recognized with the 2016–17 Lifetime Achievement Award in Architecture from the CINTAS Foundation housed at Miami Dade College, an organization supporting and honoring the accomplishments of Cuban architects, composers, visual artists, and writers living outside of Cuba.
After graduating from Cornell with a bachelor of architecture degree in 1963, de Armas began his career at Holt and Downing Architects of Ithaca, New York, before moving to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, located in Chicago, where he became a partner in 1979. In addition to the master plan for the Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, de Armas was involved in the design of many high-profile projects around the world, including New York City's Park Avenue Plaza, Citicorp at Court Square, and 780 Third Avenue in collaboration with Leon Moed; the Palio Restaurant in New York City; BCE Place in Toronto; and San Benigno Torre Nord ("Il Matitone") in Italy.
At MdeAS, de Armas has led the firm through many complex and challenging projects. A distinguished portfolio illuminates his extensive design experience as he continues to embrace the evolution of modernist design. Recently, de Armas completed the repositioning of 2000 K Street and 900 19th Street in Washington, DC, and the design of The JACX — a large multi-use project in Long Island City, New York — to be completed in 2019.