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. We work with clients on all scales of buildings - both retrofit and new construction - and residential as well as commercial and public space projects.
Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC (FNA) offers architecture & 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:
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 launched us into a rigorous approach to hyper-efficient buildings. We have since designed dozens of projects both residential and commercial with passive house strategies and continue to expand this area of expertise.
Energy-modeling and sustainability are integrated into every phase of our work. We have built a practice that prioritizes good design and sustainability. We welcome other sustainable approaches and innovations such as renewable energy, urban farming, green roofs, living walls, and biophilic design. We are Passive House Design Consultants and LEED certified.
FNA founder Torres Moskovitz teaches workshops in Retrofitting and Decarbonizing our Buildings to architects and engineers at the AIA Center for Architecture and Environmental Technology at Syracuse University.
Climate Adaptation & Resiliency
Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York in the Fall of 2012, FNA has worked on resilient projects for the FEMA and NYC Build It Back (BIB) Program and subsequent resiliency commissions as we are faced with a great challenge of rising waters and more frequent flooding. Climate Adaptation includes future proofing of buildings, envisioning phased construction, and incorporating flood resiliency, passive house, and renewable energy. We work with clients from project planning and ideation through to construction.
Community & Social Justice
FNA works with community groups, artists, organized union member organizations, advocacy groups and non-profits on all phases of design projects. We engaging members in workshops and work as a team to help visualize projects of all scales including future large-scale site planning to exemplary building projects to temporary pop spaces and plazas. We have also worked on prototype spaces and visions for improved spaces that bring social and economic justice. Visit our projects on our website such as women vendors at the MTA, an exemplary food commissary, public safe vending spaces, artist popup spaces, a dance retreat, open streets with restaurants and vendors, etc.
As a Pratt Center Taconic Fellow, we worked side-by-side with Street Vendor Project for green street carts and we continue to be involved in several on-going projects with them. Through the Institute for Public Architecture fellowship we researched live/work for the workforce. And we continue to work to help nonprofits, impact investors, and community activists develop their programs and create welcoming and imaginative spaces for cultural event spaces.
Architecture is a collaboration.
Thank you to the following talented collaborators.
Christian Nyariki Oanda