Raymond J. Lucchesi RA, LEED AP is a Principal at Regenesis. Ray’s 35 years of experience in the built and natural environments focus on regenerative design and development, sustainable and integrated design, and biomimicry. He graduated from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in arid-region ecosystems and passive-design. Ray built upon his education and practice experience by integrating living system and ecological design principles into his work. In addition, Ray has integrated the built, social and natural environments into a coherent and holistic practice model that delivers value-adding outcomes to the world.

Prior to becoming a Principal at Regenesis, Ray co-founded Lucchesi Galati in 1982, and led its development and held the spiritual vision for the firm. He was principal-in-charge on many of the firm’s most important projects. Ray has been involved in several projects obtaining LEED Certification, including the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and Desert Living Center and Garden, which received seven LEED Platinum Certifications. In parallel to practicing architecture, Ray planned and led the development of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture, was the Founding Director, and has taught and been on the faculty of the School for 30 years.


  • Bachelor of Architecture, Arizona State University; Graduate Studies Arid-Region Passive Design

  • Graduate Studies in Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Registrations - Architect

  • California / Nevada / NCARB Certified

Select Projects

  • “Russian River Confluence: Celebrating the Russian River Watershed / Partnering Towards a Regenerative Future,” Co-creator and event planning, for Sonoma County Water Agency, 2017

  • Bright Village, Mendocino County, Organizational Development and Conceptual Design of the Village and its relationship with its place

  • Fetzer Vineyards Engagement and Organizational Development, 2015

  • Las Vegas Springs Preserve Master Plan; Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Desert Living Center & Gardens at the Springs Preserve; Las Vegas, Nevada

  • USFS Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Gateway; Southern Nevada

  • Kuwait Ecological Preserve and Visitor Center; Kuwait City, Kuwait

  • Novo Este – Cabo Pulmo, Baja Sur, Mexico

Select Presentations

  • “Regenerative Development: Partnering with Nature in a Co-Evolutionary Relationship,” at AIA Wyoming Fall Conference “Design for Wellness,” Jackson Wyoming, 2018

  • “Regenerative Development: Partnering with Nature in a Co-Evolutionary Relationship,” at AIA Seattle Resilience Thinking: Places, Spaces, Communities Conference, Seattle Washington, 2017

  • “Biophilia: The Human-Nature Connection,” at Living Future 2014, International Living Future Institute – Portland Oregon, May 2014

  • “Biophilia and Net-Zero Energy: The Human-Nature Connection,” at the Net Positive – Energy and Water Conference, International Living Future Institute – San Francisco, February 2014

  • “Regenerative Relationships with the Land,” at the Kuwait Ecological Preserve Consultation Workshop - Kuwait City, Kuwait 2013

  • “Regenerative Design and Development – A Workshop for Experiencing Living Systems Thinking and the Potential for Sustaining Life,” at Living Future 2014 – Seattle, May 2013

  • “Living Systems Thinking and Biomimicry Design,” at the Bay Area Biomimicry Network – San Francisco 2012

  • Presented “Living Systems and Practice Model and Process Model Frameworks” at the Biomimicry Guild Alumni Swarm - San Diego 2009

  • “Behavior Change Matters More than Technological Change” at the Graphisoft International Design Forum - Budapest, Hungary 2006

  • “Behavior Change Matters More than Technological Change” at the AIA Colorado Design Conference & Practice Management Symposium - Vail, Colorado 2006

  • “Helping a Culture Shift from Being in the Desert to Being of the Desert” at the U.S. Green Building Council’s GreenBuild Conference - Pittsburg 2006

  • Chair, Urban Land Institute, “Sustainable Development - Myths and Realities” Conference - Las Vegas 2002

Community Service – Teaching

  • American Institute of Architects - Nevada - 2001 Silver Medal Recipient

  • American Institute of Architects - Nevada, President, 1990

  • American Institute of Architects - Las Vegas, President, 1987

  • UNLV School of Architecture, Founding Director, Faculty, Instructor 1982-2014

  • USGBC Nevada Chapter, Co-founder, Organizing Committee Member

  • COTE Las Vegas Chapter, Co-founder, Organizing Steering Committee Member