Alice J. Raucher, FAIA AIA, LEED AP is architect for the University of Virginia (UVA), where she is the symbolic custodian of Thomas Jefferson’s design legacy, directing the architecture, planning and landscape design of the university’s grounds. In addition to being the chief steward of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jefferson’s original college, she oversees a dynamic and expanding campus embedded in the City of Charlottesville and surrounded by Albemarle County, and navigates a complex and highly political landscape as a true collaborator and team builder. In her previous role as Senior Architect and Chair of the Design Steering Team at Yale University, Raucher oversaw the largest expansion of the college in a generation, as well as the renovation of two of the most iconic masterpieces of modern architecture. At Yale, and now at UVA, Raucher is a strong advocate for design excellence, accessibility, resilience, equity, and sustainability.
Prior to joining Yale University, Raucher held senior positions at notable architecture firms based in New York City and managed several significant restoration and renovation projects, including preparations for the centennial celebration of Carnegie Hall and the renovation of Union Theological Seminary. She also held faculty positions at New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design and Syracuse University School of Architecture, including serving as Director of the school’s Florence Program in Italy.
Raucher earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history from Queens College of the City University of New York and her Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University School of Architecture. She is a registered architect in Virginia, and holds NCARB certification. Raucher is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Association of University Architects, and holds Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.