Michael is a committed lifelong Roman Catholic with a deep love for Christ and a passion for beauty, renewal of the liturgy and sacred arts, and evangelization. Following twelve years of Catholic education, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies while serving actively in campus ministry. He has recently completed a Master of Arts in Liturgy with a concentration in Sacred Art & Architecture from the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Chicago. Michael’s design and formation efforts are informed by over 15 years of broad relational ministry involvement and leadership as a parish volunteer and staff member. During his 12 years as a project manager with a leading architectural church design firm, he has managed projects of almost every size and type, striving to find creative solutions to difficult challenges.
Michael has presented on the topics of sacred art & architecture, liturgy, and evangelization to elementary, junior/senior high school, and college students, young adults, seminarians & clergy, building committees, and parish-wide gatherings. He has assisted with coordinating AV, music, liturgy, and environment for the last six years for the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference in Austin and also continues to speak regularly as a presenter for Confirmation and RCIA programs as well as for Catholic high schools.
Michael lives in Austin, TX where he enjoys the outdoors, great food, and live music for which the city is known. His brother, Fr. Jonathan Raia, is Vocations Director for the Diocese of Austin, and their parents remain active Catholics in Houston, TX.
Episode | April 26th, 2019 | Season 1 | 39 mins 5 secs
architecture, church, sacramentality, tradition
Join us as we talk with fellow architect Michael Raia, founder of Studio io about the foundations of church design, liturgy and how tradition should inform our designs today.