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. Social and environmental justice is at the core of FNA's research and work.

In 2019/2020 she received a Taconic Fellowship from the Pratt Center for a collaboration with the Street Vendor Project on greening NYC's street carts. In 2018 she was appointed by Mayor deBlasio to the NYC Loft Law Board as a public member. In 2016, she worked as an Institute for Public Architecture fellow in a cohort studying NYC's Loft Law as a means to determine future visions for affordable live/work dwelling units. In 2014, her firm won an International Passive House Design award for the Tighthouse Project - the first certified Passive House in NYC which was the retrofit of a 1899 rowhouse. Earlier in her career, she was the recipient of both the AIA Stewardson Keefe Lebrun Travel Grant studying sustainability in Curitiba, Brazil and the Parsons Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design in 2005.

She received her Master of Architecture (2000) at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA at the University of Michigan in African Studies (colonialism and neocolonialism in Francophone Africa) 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. She completed two NYC Build it Back projects for residents in Canarsie, Brooklyn. 

In 2015, She partnered with the Belgian architecture firm A2M who have been at the forefront of large-scale passive house building and shares a philosophy of good design that must include sustainable design as part and parcel. 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. 

Her collaborative studio with Angie Co for Syracuse University collaborated with South Bronx Unite and included panels with South Bronx Unite, NYCCLI members and CLTs, including Nos Quedamos plus Hester Street Collaborative. We worked with the students to make affordable housing proposals for a Community Land Trust in South Bronx. 

Our Environmental Technology course at Pratt, which Julie is coordinating, incorporates site visits to Passive Houses, Arup Sound Lab, and Lighting Facilities as well as guest speakers in the field. 

My Eco-Urban Seminar incorporates urban resiliency, energy, and trash/recycling topics. 

She along with Belgian architects specializing in Passive House, led trainings in Hyper Energy-Efficient Buildings and strategies for NYC's Local Law 31compliance at the AIA Center for Architecture quarterly in 2017 and 2018. They also led 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).

2019/2020 Taconic Fellowship from the Pratt Center to work with the Street Vendor Project on greening street carts and a 2019 Pratt Faculty Grant.  

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

Parsons Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design.

Lecturer on Deep Energy Retrofits, Passive House, and Sustainability, speaking at venues such as the National AIA Conference, NYC AIA 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).