This method of working is informed by an aptitude for green technologies, collaboration and commitment to equity, climate adaptation, and reimagining our architecture for common good.
Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC (FNA) offers architectural design services from our growing office in Brooklyn, NY. Julie is licensed in NY, NJ, GA, PA, and WA. We are also LEED AP, and Certified Passive House Consultants, and NCARB certified.
The 3 pillars of our architecture practice:
Community & Social Justice
FNA has worked on multiple projects in support of Street Vendor Project and its vendor members. Examples include our work on a social justice and exemplary commissary that includes a shared kitchen and training center, women street vendors envisioning a cooperatively run retail and training program, and Public Safe Vending Space led by street vendor Dondi McKellar. As a Pratt Center Taconic Fellow, we have been working side-by-side with Street Vendor Project for green street carts.
We collaborate and support artists in the community such as a Menopause Pop-up series of events and a Dance Troupe retreat. We have helped nonprofits and impact investors to develop their programs and create welcoming spaces for cultural event spaces. Research into live/work for the workforce, as fellows for the Institute for Public Architecture, included a series of forwarding-thinking measures for city resiliency such as micro hubs of renewable energy for the community.
Energy Performance & Passive House
FNA‘s Tighthouse project, the first certified Passive House in NYC (2012) which won a 2014 International Passive House Design Award in 2014 and an AIA NYC COTE Honorable Mention in 2015. We have since designed dozens of projects with passive house strategies and continue to expand this area of expertise. We welcome other sustainable approaches and innovations such as renewable energy, urban farming, green roofs, living walls, and biophilic design.
FNA founder Torres Moskovitz wrote a book titled The Greenest Home published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2013 that included 18 passive house case studies and has continued to train, lecture, and share with a community in the construction industry that supports high performance and energy-efficiency.
Energy-modeling and sustainability are integrated into every phase of our work. We have built a practice that prioritizes good design and sustainability.
Climate Adaptation & Resiliency
FNA was in a cohort of architects with WXY handling ten projects in Brooklyn as part of the NYC Build It Back (BIB) Program. All of these homes were significantly damaged from Hurricane Sandy and FNA was responsible for two residential buildings in Canarsie, Brooklyn. We have continued to work on resilient projects.
Architecture is a collaboration.
Thank you to the following talented collaborators.
Christian Nyariki Oanda