PRINCIPAL

Founder and Principal

Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHT is founding principal. She received her Master of Architecture (2000) at University of Pennsylvania and a BA at University of Michigan in African Studies (colonialism and neo-colonialism) and French (1993). Her education has continued with on-going training in Passive House since 2010 including a certification training in Dublin, Ireland as a Passive House tradesman specializing in building envelope.

She is a registered architect in New York State and is NCARB certifed, a LEED accredited professional, and a Certfied Passive House tradesman. WBE paperwork is in process for FNA.

What drives her design practice is to make the world a well-designed, collaborative, sustainable place for all.

Background

Before starting her own firm in 2006, she worked for Gluckman Tang Architects, Rice Lipka Architects and several Design/Build firms on diverse  large-scale project types such as museums, libraries, university buildings and galleries. Her training at these firms provided an opportunity to detail minimalist architecture, problem-solve on complex sites with many stakeholders, and collaborate with builders and craftsman. 

Since 2006, her firm has worked on a multitude of projects including new construction, residential retrofits, commercial spaces, office building retrofits, park designs, passive house, FEMA flood resiliency, and non-profit projects.

In 2015, She partnered with Belgian Architects at the forefront of large-scale passive house building. Together, they are collaborating on projects and studies for commercial buildings to be built as Passive House buildings. With her Belgian partners, they will be leading trainings in Highly Energy-Efficient Buildings and strategies for Local Law 31compliances at the AIA Center for Architecture in June, August, November, and December of 2017.

She studied urban sustainability in Curitiba, Brazil and residential courtyards in South America with an AIA Stewardson Keefe Lebrun Travel Grant. Last summer, she was a fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture researching Live/Work for NYC (affordably).

Torres Moskovitz is on the Advisory Board for Street Vendor Project and on the AIA Committee on the Environment for the AIA NY. 

Academics and Research

She teaches Enviro Tech at Pratt Institute in the Graduate Interior Design program. Last year she taught Enviro Tech and Design Studio at Parsons The New School focusing in on urban food systems and communities in Brooklyn. In Spring 2016, she co-taught an architecture studio at Syracuse University titled Speculative Cities: Affordable Housing. Students were engaged in design as well as taking part in a series of lectures and panel discussions immersing them in NYC current and past Affordable Housing issues with a project sited in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. 

She is author of The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design published by Princeton Architectural Press (June 2013). She also lectures on Deep Energy Retrofits and Sustainability, speaking at venues such as the Center for Architecture, NY Public Library, FIT, RISD, Dwell Expo, and National Passive House Conferences. She will be speaking in April 2017 at the NorthWest Passive House Conference on a policy panel and lecture on

Previously, she has taught architecture thesis at RISD School of Architecture and Graduate Design studios at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY including the innovative Living Lab classroom over multiple semesters which resulted in a built campus project. She has participated on design reviews for Columbia, Penn, Parsons, Pratt, Syracuse Univ, Univ of Arizona, and CUNY.

At University of Pennsylvania Masters of Architecture Program, she received several awards including an AIA Medal and National AIA Scholarship, Gutman Scholarship, Mario Romanach Award, T-Square Club Award and the Dales Traveling fellowship. She was also awarded the Alice Paul Award for campus leadership for her work in planning 2 symposiums (Urbanism at the Margins: Women in Design and Re-Possessing Urban Space).