PRINCIPAL

Founder and Principal

Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHT is founding principal of Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC. What drives her design practice is to engage in the world pushing for collaboration, sustainablity, and thoughtful spaces 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.

Background

Before starting her own firm, 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 are leading trainings in Hyper Energy-Efficient Buildings and strategies for Local Law 31compliance at the AIA Center for Architecture in June, August, November of 2017. We are concepting with design teams to achieve passive house on a multitude of building types, from towers to multi-housing to retrofitted existing buildings to new modular construction. 

Social Engagement and Practice

--Advisory Board for Street Vendor Project

--AIA Committee on the Environment for the AIA NY

--New York Passive House

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

Academics and Research

--Fellow at Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) in '16 researching Live/Work for NYC.

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

--Co-Trainer of Hyper-Efficiency for Large-Scale Buildings and Local Law 31, AIA Center for Architecture, 2-day Workshops with Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, Julie Willem, and Dan Nall. 

--Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School. In Fall '17 teaching Environmental Technology II in the Masters of Architecture/SCE program. 

--Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Spring '15 and '16. Enviro Technology and Sustainable Elements in the Masters Interior Design Program. 

--Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School in Fall '16. Enviro Technology 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 '16, she co-taught an architecture studio at Syracuse University titled Speculative Cities: Affordable Housing. 

--Visiting Thesis Advisor in '14 at RISD. She taught architecture thesis at RISD School of Architecture for both undergraduate and graduate students.

--Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute 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).