) is an interior designer
notably known for helping improve the appearance of the Cultural Center
in San Clemente
His mother was half Lebanese
and half Iraqi
, a Catholic. His father was a Greek Orthodox civil engineer
, he was born in Iraq. His grandfather moved to Iraq from Haifa
, (formerly in Palestine
) because of the educational facilities available in Iraq, later on his father and the family moved to Abu Dhabi
but didn't settle as they left for Kuwait
, where Raad had attended high school and then he received a degree in economics at the American College of Switzerland
He later on sought refuge in the United States
, where he decided to undertake a course in interior design and received his degree.
He soon landed a job for Whimberly Allison, Tong & Go
and has also worked for Hirsch-Bedner
and Design 1
. He has designed many projects such as a mansion in Beverly Hills, his work has proven successful and rewarding as the location of most of his projects are in exotic places such as Spain
and the United Arab Emirates
He soon started his own interior business Raad Ghantous & Associates
, in which he imports accessories from Morocco
to accompany his work.
He currently serves on the Design Committee in the Downtown Business Association.