My architectural practice is inspired by the ways that well-designed and crafted space, materials and light shape our everyday moments.

I design with my clients' individuality and values top of mind, translating their perspectives into personal, meaningful environments that are inextricably connected to who they are, and that make them feel completely at home.

Libby Raab Architecture, Portola Valley

Our process begins with listening to your hopes, dreams and needs. This is a launching point for reflection, exploration and questioning—freeing us to reimagine your spaces, and how we will customize them to best serve your daily lives.

From the initial ideas that emerge in schematic design we delve into design development, and a series of decisions that inform the project’s evolution. Along the way I curate information, help to frame critical questions and distill things toward considered simplicity, honing in on the detailed level of clarity needed for a built project.

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Experienced in design leadership, project management and working closely with clients, I love diving into the details of a project, untangling the various elements, and helping a building find itself in relationship to its inhabitants.

I received my Bachelors in Architecture from Boston Architectural College after earning a BA in Psychology at DePauw University, bringing my two areas of interest together. In 1993 I began practicing architecture at east coast firms specializing in healthcare and corporate work, then designed independent residential projects for two years. After relocating to California I joined a Menlo Park-based firm in 2004, where I designed a wide range of private residences over eleven years.

Actively involved with the greater architectural community as well as with my personal community, I currently serve on AIA San Mateo County’s Board of Directors as President. Prior to that I served on Nueva School’s Board of Trustees for seven years, assisting them during a period of strategic growth and capital improvements.

AIA, NCARB Certified
Registered Architect: California, Massachusetts