Educated as a bench jeweler, Rahya received her BFA in Metals and Jewelry from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She also studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Originally born and raised in New Orleans, her childhood and background nurtured her passion for design. Attending New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Rahya was immersed in an environment bursting with like-minded artists. At home, her mother an accomplished architect, and her father a skillfully handy businessman, fostered a creative culture.