PRINCIPAL

Founder and Principal

Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC/CPHT is founding principal of Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC. What drives her design practice is to engage in the world collaborating for thoughtful spaces and sustainability for all. 

She received her Master of Architecture (2000) at University of Pennsylvania and a BA at the University of Michigan in African Studies 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 the building envelope.

She is a registered architect in New York State, New Jersey, and is NCARB certified, a LEED accredited professional, and a Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Passive House Tradesman (Building Envelope). WBE paperwork is in progress for FNA.

Background

Before starting her own firm, she worked for Gluckman Tang Architects, Rice Lipka Architects plus 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 practices have focused 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 the Belgian architect Sebastian Moreno-Vacca who has been at the forefront of large-scale passive house building and shares a philosophy of good design that must include sustainable design as a component of good design. Together, they are collaborating on projects and studies for commercial and large-scale buildings to be built as Passive House buildings.

Social Engagement and Practice

--Advisory Board for Street Vendor Project

--Advisory Board Institute for Public Architecture

--AIA Committee on the Environment for the AIA NY and New Practices NY

--New York Passive House and Passive House Alliance US

--Member of AIA, Institute for Public Architecture, Van Alen Institute, OpenHouse NY, ArchLeagueNY

--NYC Loft Tenants group, Brooklyn Huddle, Solidarity Sundays, and Get Organized BK

--Member at The Wing

Academics and Research

She instructs a combination of Architecture Design Studios and Environmental Technology courses at Syracuse University, Parsons, and Pratt Institute. She has also taught as a thesis advisor at RISD. 

With her Belgian partners and joint venture called MMA, they are leading trainings in Hyper Energy-Efficient Buildings and strategies for Local Law 31compliance at the AIA Center for Architecture quarterly in 2017 and 2018. They also will lead a full-day workshop at the National AIA Conference in June 2018 on Hyper-Efficiency. 

Author of The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design published by Princeton Architectural Press (June 2013).

Recipient of AIA Stewardson Keefe Lebrun Travel Grant. Studied urban sustainability in Curitiba, Brazil and residential courtyards in South America.

Lecturer on Deep Energy Retrofits, Passive House, and Sustainability, speaking at venues such as the Center for Architecture, NY Public Library, FIT, RISD, Dwell Expo, and National Passive House Conferences.

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).