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Portrait of Creativity Architect Donald M. Rattner, RA, AIA

Donald M. Rattner, Architect

Education and Practice

Donald M. Rattner holds a B.A. in art history from Columbia and an M.Arch. from Princeton. A registered architect, he founded his award-winning firm in 2002.

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Educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation (Skyhorse, October 2019), The Creativity Catalog, Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels, including his blog.

Rattner has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University Division of Real Estate Studies, and Parsons School of Design SCE. Workshop and lecture venues include NeoCon, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, Association for Learning Environments, various AIA state chapter meetings, Florida Creativity Alliance, and many others. Click here for a calendar of events.


Rattner's professional and academic activities have been featured on CNN and in such publications as The New York Times, Town & Country, House & Garden, Robb Report, Residential Architect, Builder, Traditional Building, L-Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Design Milk, and Core77.


Books by Donald M. Rattner


Selected Press

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Build Your Creativity:
Bring In 'Da Noise

Did you know...?

Research indicates that an ambient noise level of 70 decibels in optimal for creative thinking. About the sound of a moderately busy cafe.

But what if you work in a quiet environment, like a small office or at home? Then what do you do?

Explore this site for more creativity-building tips.