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Current Projects

FNA is working on two ground-up Passive House home prototypes. We are also starting on design for a new Passive House project on the West coast.

We have renovation projects in various phases of design for projects located in Harlem, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. One apartment is in a landmarked district and we have worked on over 10 landmarked projects.

FNA has two Build It Back projects underway through the city of NY and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for this federal program. One home is currently being elevated and the other is under review and will be a new construction single-family home in Canarsie, Brooklyn. FNA is part of a team with WXY Studio to work on NYC Build It Back for Hurricane Sandy damaged homes.

We are excited to be collaborating on a project with the Street Vendor Project for the Urban Justice Center in NYC! We are working with them to look at a cooperatively run Commissary with shared kitchens and training facilities for street vendor members. See our website project description and renderings.

We have worked on 5 office renovation projects in the last several years through-out Manhattan including a recent project featuring a "living wall" that features local plant species and brings a quality of life work environment for the staff.

FNA was a Summer 2016 Fellow for the Institute for Public Architecture researching affordable Live/Work typologies for NYC as part of ONE NYC and 80x50 plan.

Partnership/Collaboration

NEWS: Principal Architect Julie and Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, a Belgian Architect and Passive House/Net Zero Energy expert formed a joint venture called MMVA to work with clients on larger-scale Passive House/Net Zero projects in NYC and surroundings.

Awards and Press

FNA won a 2015 AIA NY Chapter COTE Honorable Mention Award for Tighthouse--Passive House retrofit project! COTE is Committee on the Environment and the awards are for sustainably-designed projects. We are thrilled to be among the 7 winners!

FNA is proud to be featured in Dwell's Special Issue "Dwell 2015 Design Guide" and listed in their definitive list of recommended architects.  And in New York Magazine's Design Hunting Special Guide and featured in the list of recommended NYC architects.

In Spring 2014, FNA won an International Passive House Award from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt Germany for the Tighthouse Project, the first certified Passive House in NYC. While traveling to the Annual Passive House conference to receive the award, the prize stipend enabled Julie to tour through Belgium's active Passive House Scene,visit with architects, and see all types of large scale projects realized as Passive House (schools, hotels, office buildings, energy headquarters, government buildings, landmarked buildings, retrofits, residential towers, etc).

Academics

Julie will co-teach design studio and Environmental Tech at Parsons The New School, Fall 2016.

Julie co-taught Speculative Cities: Affordable Housing studio at Syracuse University School of Architecture, Spring 2016.She also co-taught Environmental Technology: Sustainable Elements in Pratt's Master's Interior Design Department, Spring 2016.

Julie was a thesis adviser in RISD's Architecture Dept's Thesis program, Winter/Spring 2014.

Upcoming and Previous Lecture and Events

North American Passive House Network, NYC / June 10-12 Lecture on Large Scale Passive House Retrofit Projects with Sebastian Morena-Vacca.

Center for Architecture, AIA NY on February 17th 2016 High performance/energy-efficient retrofits.

Dwell on Design NY on Oct 4 2015 From Passive Houses to Living Roofs: Green Design in the Heart of the City. Julie co-presented with Fx Fowle and SHoP Architecture firms.

Parsons School of the Constructed Environment on Waste Not: The Passive House Movement in NYC. Torres Moskovitz spoke along with Michael Ingui and Paul Castrucci on Sept 24th 2015.

Passive House US Conference in Chicago in Sept 2015.Passive House Help or Hinderance? Julie presented with Tessa Smith of Artisans Group Design/Build in Washington State. Followed by an architects hootenanny with Tessa Smith, Sebastian Moreno-Vacca of A2M from Brussels, Belgium, and Tim McDonald, Onion Flats. 

In May 2015, FNA participated in an AIA New Practices New York curated exhibition designed by Abruzzo Bodziak. Held at Brooklyn Design Expo as a kickoff for NYCxDesigns. Participants included 7 firms who took part in a panel discussion moderated by William Menking of Architects Newspaper.

Community Engagement:

Julie is on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) in NYC. FNA is signed up for Architecture 2030.

FNA was part of the Great Street Meet Host Committee for Street Vendor Project/Urban Justice Center. A community event held near Wash Sq Park in Manhattan on May 2016.

We were on the Benefit Committee for the Institute for Public Architecture in Fall 2015 which honored Shola Olatoye, CEO of NYCHA and Richard Baron, CEO of McCormack Baron Salazar for their work in Affordable Housing.

We were on the Program Leadership Council in Fall 2015 for Van Alen Institute. The Van Alen Institute supports cross-disciplinary and collaborative programs that investigate pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow with their public program series. Fall 2015.

Graphics

FNA has a new logo and card designed by our talented friends WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA). www.wsdia.com.