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 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 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.

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 now in 2018. We will also be leading a full-day workshop at the National AIA Conference in June 2018 on Hyper-Efficiency. 

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

Academics and Research

--Visiting Critic at Syracuse University School of Architecture NYC Fisher Center in Spring 2018, architecture studio architecture studio titled Speculative Cities: Affordable Housing looking at Community Land Trusts and working with South Bronx Unite. 

--Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Spring 2018, 2017, 2016 in Enviro Technology and Sustainable Elements in the Masters Interior Design Program. 

--Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School. Fall 2017 teaching Environmental Technology II in the Masters of Architecture/SCE program. 

--Co-Trainer of Hyper-Efficiency for Large-Scale Buildings and Local Law 31 ('17 and '18), AIA Center for Architecture, 2-day Workshops with Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, Julie Willem, and Dan Nall. 

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

--Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School in Fall '16. Enviro Technology and Design Studio. Design studio on urban food systems in Brooklyn incorporating passive house strategies to student projects.

--Visiting Critic at Syracuse University School of Architecture NYC Fisher Center - Spring 2016,  architecture studio titled Speculative Cities: Affordable Housing. 

--Visiting Thesis Advisor 2014 at RISD in Providence, RI. 

--Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute from 2007-2010 including the innovative Living Lab sustainable dorm room prototype

--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).