House for a Japanese man

A 1000 Square foot residence for a single man that gives a modern look at a traditional Japanese dwelling. The shape of the house is a simple rectangle that seems more spacious than its 1000 SF size and respond to the client’s tight budget.arakaki layoutliving from shoetatami sectio perspectivesofa tatamitokanoma



Earth-Wing is a small vacation home on a remote site in western New Mexico. The house site is on a mesa in a landscape that would overpower a conventional design. The owner is building a landing strip on the top of the mesa, so the house is built into the eastern side of the mesa and virtually invisible on the vast mesa top. Being off the grid Earthwing utilizes sustainable environmental design and materials including passive solar, and an innovative sod roof design to moderate temperature changes and shelter the house from severe western winds. The design optimizes the majestic views of the site while providing solar heat gain through an innovative central kiva courtyard. The room layout was tailored to give maximum privacy for each room while maintaining a spacious feel to the living spaces.








Valencia Middle School


A 850 student facility with expansion capabilities to 900 students is sited on a 35 acre campus in Tucson, Arizona. Valencia sets a precedent as the first facility to be designed incorporating the district’s new middle school concept. There is a micro-campus for each grade 6-8 with its own classrooms and teacher center arranged around a courtyard. These Micro Campuses and the remaining sections of the campus are organized around a large central commons with outdoor amphitheater. Thermal comfort is achieved in the hot desert climate with evaporative cooling towers at each of the 6 sections of the campus. Valencia Middle School was the recipient of a 1994 AIA award.


Spectral Field System


Rae Douglass invented the means to shape multi-colored light patterns onto surrounding surfaces with light reflected off of a flexible diffraction surface. The Spectral Field system creates mural effects with light and color. Rae has adapted this technique for use in light fixtures, sculpture and environmental signage.

Galaxy Spot

In the “Galaxy Spot” the diffraction surface is a repurposed CD mounted below the indirect downspot.

“Meteor” Sconce display wall

In the “Meteor” sconces pictured above, the flexible diffraction surface is laminated to the rear side of a pliable copper shade that can be laser-cut to any custom shape.

Spiral Eye

A mobile that illuminates an atrium, and choreographs the surrounding stairway with a meditative display of light and shadow.

Mule Creek Mimbres Site Archeology Center


A shallow arch topped with the same lush sod that covers the landscape shelters a study center and provides a gateway to the Mule Creek archaeological area, which was one of the largest Mimbres settlements in New Mexico. The site is also the prime source of adobe block for western New Mexico, and has an infrastructure set up for large scale earth moving, so the arch will be formed with a dirt mound. Once the arch has cured, the mound will be excavated like an archaeological site and the center built below. Most of the materials will be sourced from the immediate area. The center will be off the grid and both passively heated and cooled. Since the elevation is above 6000 feet the winters can be quite cold. Restored walls from Mibres dwellings will also act as Trombe’ walls to capture the warmth of the sun in the cold winter months. Solar panels above the service laboratory wing will provide electricity and heat water that will be recirculated in a radiant floor system. In the summer comfort will be provided by thermal mass and evaporative cooling.

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Ceramic Sculpture

Ka Hei Program


Portraits from Toraja




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This design was selected from a call to artist to create a sculpture that would celebrate light in response to the optics industry of the Tucson valley.



Rae Douglass is an architect who has created a broad range of work that is noteworthy for its originality and deep connection to client and context. Rae’s work has won awards from the American Institute of Architects and has been included in annual tours of significant architecture. Rae is also an inventor with multiple patents in the lighting and toy industries, and currently has inventions licensed by Ravensburger. Rae founded a lighting company and has created permanent sculptural installations based on his inventions at various schools and universities. Rae has taught Architecture at the University of Hawaii and has been invited to give talks about his work throughout the country. Rae has worked with the Hawaii Department of Education to initiate the Ka Hei Program as its Program Manager and to design a modular system of building components to replace their inventory of portable classrooms. Registered Architect, Arizona, Hawaii Education Bachelor of Architecture – Mississippi State University Urban Studies Abroad – Plymouth Polytechnic, United Kingdom

Bali Portraits

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I have painted portraits most of my life, starting as a child.  I find it to be the most intimate and pure form of artistic expression because it comes directly from a conversation that I have with the person who I am painting.  I started painting acrylic portraits while on extended leave in Bali.  I painted three self portraits one day, and some of the other people staying at my guest house saw them and asked me to paint their portraits.  I painted almost 90 portraits during my 4 month stay in Bali.  People enjoy the process because I do not make them hold a pose, and spend more energy getting into an engaging conversation with them than trying to capture their exact likeness.  I work fast and can complete a portrait in under an hour, and never go back later to work on the portrait.  Painting is not bound by photographic likeness, and happens over a period of time, so I like to think that the portraits stand as a record of the time we shared getting to know each other.  Painter and subject both performing for one another to create a work of art.

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Aneel Chima

Mrs. Douglas

Karja's mother


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John Seddon

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Paul Nagano


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Balinese Landscape Paintings



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Anniversary Ring

This sculpture commissioned by a couple in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. It was based on a form created in paper using Japanese Origami Techniques. A computer controlled metal router was then used to score mirrored stainless steel sheet which was then folded along the score lines duplicating the paper origami sculpture in Stainless Steel.




Illuminating Mobile

$5000 house from salvaged materials


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Arizona September 11th Memorial


A design team assembled and led by Rae Douglass consisting of Frederick Schwartz architect, Ted Springer sculptor, and John Barker landscape architect created The Arizona 911 Memorial. It was designed in response to the governor’s mandate that the Memorial would offer a meaningful place for remembrance and healing for the friends and families of the victims, the survivors, the responders and those needing a place to reflect. The memorial consists of three elements: 1. A gently sloping path guides people into an Arizona landscape consisting of a circle of 15 boulders collected from each county in the state, symbolic of its response. The boulders frame a welcoming space sunken into the earth that opens onto an adjacent basin, like a canyon or wash. With shade trees and places to sit, the landscape offers a nurturing environment to remember and reflect upon the events of September 11th. An I-beam fragment from Tower One rests next to the boulder from Maricopa County engraved with the name of Gary Bird to honor his memory. 2. A wall consisting of 2973 vertical stainless steel rods, symbolizing each magnificent life lost on September 11th crosses the path within the circle of boulders. Stainless steel reflects the changing light of day, giving it a vital quality. The reflected sunlight will appear as shimmering beams of light, symbolic of human life. 3. Two voids, with their dimensions exactly proportional to the Twin Towers, break the wall where it crosses the path. The voids not only represent loss — in our nation, our state and ourselves, following September 11th — but a moment of transcendence that brought the nation together. Design Team: John Barker, Tomas Bauer, Rae Douglass, Jessica Jamroz, Tracey Hummer, Frederick Schwartz, Ted Springer.


Emerging from darkness our perception is guided by the transition to light defined by the edges of shadows. We take shadows for granted, as common as the air we breathe. Rarely noticed in lieu of the bodies that create them. Although shadows exist in both day and night light, it is the night where they take on more significance. Perhaps it is because they are more plentiful, or that they symbolize our darkest fears. Created from fixed artificial lights, night shadows are usually fixed in one position in the landscape. Shadows cast from natural sources such as the sun and moon, are certain to move, but shadows cast by streetlights, buildings, etc. are as fixed on the landscape as any of the other man made objects that define our cities. Fixed shadows are rarely noticed because they do not act out to gain our attention.

As an artist I am usually focused on the edges of things when I try to draw them. A drawing is made out of a series of lines defining the contours of what lies in front of the artist. The line is one of the artist’s most basic and powerful tools. One night I took a piece of white chalk and drew a line along the edge of a fixed shadow. I was amazed how this simple act increased the vibrancy of both the chalk line and the darkness of the shadow. I guess this phenomenon is created by the fact that a white edge is being placed next to a dark field, but I was struck by the degree of the transformation. Almost like framing a picture. I drew more along my street, and all of a sudden the nocturnal landscape was transformed into a drawing. Kind of like the movie Waking Life. All the shadows were much darker and more proud of themselves. Dressed up in their Sunday best and ready for a good show.On Thursday night 3-19-09, I enlisted fellow artist Ian Nitta and we illustrated a two-block section of the sidewalk along College Ave. College Ave. has a thriving nightlife with many bars and restaurants. This was the first time that we took the idea public, and were not sure of the reaction. The idea seemed cool to myself, and fellow artistically inclined people, but would the general public get it. Would we be arrested for defacing public property? Well the reaction was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. There was not a single person that walked by who did not give us a positive reaction. Two women hugged us and many more wanted to take our picture. Most people thought that we painted the shadows with black paint to make them darker. Some of the shadows looked as if we filled them in with another color because the white border helped enhance the actual color of the shadow. A man was certain that a shadow was painted with blue paint, until I had him place his hand so that it cast a larger shadow beyond the chalk.
I took a walk down College Ave. this morning to see if there were any lines remaining. They chalk lines were still there, but empty of the life the shadows gave them. They stood as cryptic evidence, a drawing of the landscape, onto the landscape, and a window into another reality.

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An ocotillo transformed into a shimmering apparition to be as vivid in the day as the night.  Posing in the desert landscape its form looks at once familiar, but energized with the power of light, it becomes a cheerful and welcoming accent.  This Sculpture takes the traditional desert form of the Ocotillo made out of steel rods that are partially coated with a diffraction film.  The film is patterned on the rods to abstract the same pattern of thorn and leaf on the ocotillo branch.  The rods are also bent at various spots like its desert cousin.  The film is oriented to produce a color effect that I discovered a few years ago that appears to emanate from the solid center of the steel rod.  The display in direct sunlight is very vibrant, and gives an elegant color distribution along the length of the rod.  At night the branches will glow from a concealed spotlight at the base.


A cactus transformed into a shimmering apparition that is as vivid in the day as the night.  Posing in the desert landscape its form looks at once familiar, but energized with the power of light, it becomes a cheerful and welcoming accent.  The sculpture takes the traditional desert form of an adolescent saguaro whose ribs are made out of steel rods that are woven with metal strips laminated with a diffraction film.  The film is laminated to the inside portion of the strips or “skin” of the Optus.  The strips are tied to the ribs at each weave with steel wire twisted to resemble cactus needles.  The film is oriented to produce a color effect that I discovered a few years ago that appears to emanate from the hollow center of the Optus body.  The display in direct sunlight is very vibrant, and gives an elegant color distribution along the length of the Optus.  At night the Optus will glow and sparkle from a concealed spotlight at the base.

Otis Feather Cloud

A mobile that illuminates the atrium of the Otis Elevator Company world headquarters building in Farmington, CT.  The mobile is monumental in keeping with the 4 story atrium it is housed in.

Theme Structures for the Riverwalk festival marketplace, New Orleans, LA

Identity and theme structures created for the Rouse Riverwalk Festival Marketplace along the Mississippi River in Downtown New Orleans.  The structures were made out of standardized scaffolding parts, and custom fabricated panels for an economical way to create monumental sculpture and signage.  The structures were installed in 1986, were not damaged by hurricane Katrina, and are still standing.