Founder and Principal
Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHT is founding principal. Her design firm Fabrica718 became Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC in 2015. What drives her design practice is to make the world a well-designed, collaborative, sustainable place for all.
She received her Master of Architecture (2000) at University of Pennsylvania and a BA at 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 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.
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 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 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 Hyper Energy-Efficient Buildings and strategies for Local Law 31compliances at the AIA Center for Architecture in June, August, November, and December of 2017.
Academics and Research
-- Fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture researching Live/Work for NYC.
--Studied urban sustainability in Curitiba, Brazil and residential courtyards in South America with an AIA Stewardson Keefe Lebrun Travel Grant. Last summer,
-- Advisory Board for Street Vendor Project
-- AIA Committee on the Environment for the AIA NY.
--Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. A course on Enviro Technology and Sustainable Elements that looks at Sustainabile Materials thru the lens of Lighting, Acoustic, and Thermal Comfort. These topics are analyzed through a combination of software experiments, field trips, and lecture/discussions.
-- Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School. In Fall '16 she co-taught Enviro Tech and Design Studio. The design studio focused on urban food systems and communities in Brooklyn while applying sustainability and passive house strategies to student projects.
--Visiting Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture 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.
--Visiting Thesis Advisor. In 2014, she taught architecture thesis at RISD School of Architecture for both undergraduate and graduate students
--Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY from 2007-2010 including the innovative Living Lab classroom over multiple semesters which resulted in a built campus project. She led construction administration on the Living Lab at Willoughby Dormitory, Pratt Institute.
--Author of The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design published by Princeton Architectural Press (June 2013).
--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).