Gingerbread City Offers Climate Change Message

Check out Sulan Kolatan and my comments on this Yahoo News Video about how projects, such as our Raindrop Art Museum, send a message about tackling climate change. We are delighted to join over 50 architects who together created a room of exuberant gingerbread projects for the exhibit at Gingerbread City NY at the South Street Seaport.

Layers at 2023 Venice Biennale Wins Multiple Design Awards

We are thrilled that “Layers,” our installation at the Time Space Existence Exhibit at the 2023 Venice Biennale, has won multiple design awards, including Interior Design’s Best of Year and Re-Thinking the Future 3rd Award. Thanks to the jurors who saw value in our installation!


Thank you, AIA NY Chapter Women in Architecture, for inviting me as a mentor for their seminal annual speed mentoring event. What a terrific evening of conversation, friendship, and exchange of ideas! I always continue to learn from everyone, including all mentees and colleagues.


Louise is delighted to have been selected as a one of the Cohort of Respondents for AFFIRMATIONS, Columbia GSAPP’s 8-month series of discussions curated by Andrés Jaque, Dean, and Bart-Jan Polman, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs. The program will affirm and interrogate how to think and redesign the built environment at the intersection of climate, ecological, societal, bodily, and technological crises and defiance. Let the conversations begin!


Louise is delighted to join a diverse group of jurors hailing from all over the world for the March FRAME Awards. The conversation should be lively!

ETH Zurich School of Architecture "7 Questions"

Thank you Hilary Sample for inviting Louise to participate in this unique lecture series. What a challenge to ask 7 provocative unanswerable questions about the pivotal topic of the architecture of healthcare!


Thanks to all for selecting The Derfner Judaica Museum as a “Best of Design Project” for the Interior Design Magazine Best in Design 2022 Anniversary Edition. This accolade not only speaks to the aesthetics of our project, but also acknowledges the significance of our approach to open up museums to diverse populations, shining a spotlight on our efforts to expand the limits of universal design.


How exciting to have our project “Open the Box” to be a shortlisted project for THE PLAN Award 2022 special project category. THE PLAN Award is an annual international prize that recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design, and urban planning. Link here: THE PLAN Award

10 Key Architects on the 2022 A+Product Awards Jury

We are delighted to report that Louise has been invited to join the “10 Key Architects on the 2022 A+ Product Awards Jury.” Please click on the link to see Architizer’s post describing the juror’s bios. How exciting it will be to evaluate the newest architectural products on the market today, hopefully bringing sustainability to a whole new level.

Epic Mentor Guide

Today is the day that you can celebrate Women’s History Month 2022 by purchasing your copy  of The Epic Mentor Guide. I am truly honored to have my words about the field of architecture included in this momentous book. Special thanks to Illana Raia for bringing together young women and girls and the voices of brave, brilliant inspiring female leaders in STEM, art, business, athletics, space travel etc. Tap this link to listen to Illana speak about the book on the TODAY Show.

Kean lecture

What a delight to be invited to lecture at Kean Michael Graves CollegeSchool of Public Architecture. The Architecture School at Kean University is in New Jersey. Founded in the spirit of the noted architect Michael Graves,

Kean’s mission is to take architecture to a wider public audience.

The students truly seemed to appreciate Louise’s thoughts about “Architecture of Art + Conscience. They also enjoyed an animated conversation at dinner after the lecture. What an intelligent and diverse group!

Thank you, Nina Rappaport, for making this all happen.

AIANY Conversation: Louise Braverman + Martha Thorne

Louise was delighted to participate in this special event, part of the Cocktails & Conversation series sponsored by the AIANY Center for Architecture, a sequence of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, or architectural historian to discuss current architectural topics and process.

Louise’s team has participated in the renowned Venice Architectural Biennale since 2012, and their work is part of the 2021 Biennale opening on May 22nd with the theme “How Will We Live Together?”. Her experience creating these environmental installations in Venice has added insight into the evolution of the built work of her firm, establishing an ongoing reciprocal relationship between the architectural concept and architectural reality.

In this conversation with Martha Thorne, current dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design in Madrid, Spain, and former Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize since 2005, Braverman reflected on the impact of the Biennale on her practice and the shaping of exhibitions and installations responding to global themes.

Interview with Julia Gamolina:

Check out Louise’s interview with Julia Gamolina, editor of, about what it takes to create Architecture of Art + Conscience.

Louise spoke about the positive aspects of defying the mainstream and engaging in entrepreneurship throughout her entire practice. Her empathetic attitude developed early on in architecture school where “…not being in the mainstream in my class, just by being a woman, was actually a very good learning experience! I realized what it was to not be in the mainstream, and it made me more empathetic to others.”

She also reflected on how “Being positive and being different is an asset and allows you to work with different people towards a good result.” This attitude allows you to develop needed multi-tasking skills to propel your career.

Dezeen: "No more excuses for male-only panels"

Rebel Architette, an Italian collective, has built seven profiles for seven noteworthy women architects to demonstrate how their new global interactive tool, Women Architects World Map, will look with all the practices and individual profiles filled in. Louise was honored to be included as one of the original seven women.


Louise was delighted to participate in 8 hours of scintillating conversation at a think tank about how potential disruptive transportation will influence the architectural building of the community in Newburgh, New York. She joined a group of city planners, transportation experts, We Company thinkers, and the Newburgh City Councilman for a deep dive into critical issues that all address the pivotal question, “How do we want to live?”

Thank you Architette!

We are honored to be invited to be included in this fabulous Italian website where women architects support women architects. This site is a model for us all!

We Won!

We are thrilled to be the People’s Choice winner of the Frame Awards in the Social Category, an award that celebrates multi-national projects that demonstrate a positive political, social, and cultural impact on our communities. Louise flew to Amsterdam to participate in what was a very exciting Frame Lab conference about the vanguard of spaces and places at the forefront of new technology and humanity. We were honored to be a part of this.

See You in Des Moines!

For all of you traveling through Iowa in September, drop in at the Annual Iowa AIA Convention where Louise will be giving the first keynote address. Love to see you there!

Great Discussion with AIA Chicago Jurors

Louise enjoyed spending the day discussing impressive projects with fellow AIA Chicago Design Awards Jurors Paul Mankins of Substance Architecture and Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works.

Louise Moderates Venice Panel at the National Arts Club

“A Provocative Paradox” was a wonderful evening at the National Arts Club dedicated to a discussion of JoAnn Locktov’s award-winning book, Dream of Venice Architecture. Louise enjoyed moderating a spirited panel including architects James Biber and Max Levy and Cynthia Davidson of Log.

Watch the video here.

Louise Joins Yale Women Conversation

Louise participated in an insightful discussion about women in practice with students and Yale alumni, Celia Imrey, Robin Osler, Amina Blacksher, Brandt Knapp and Kimberly Brown. The conversation was both interactive and informative and will lead to further dialogue going forward.

Louise Lectures About Our Work at Parsons

Louise was delighted to discuss our work and chat with Kimberly Ackert about issues relating to her Parsons seminar, “Looking Beyond the Glass Ceiling” at the Parsons School of Design on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Louise Writes About How Venice Amplifies Her Work

Louise was delighted to contribute an essay to JoAnn Locktov’s insightful book about the mystery of Venice. Along with essays by Tadao Ando, Massimiliano Fuksas, and Witold Rybczynski, among others, and photographs by Riccardo De Cal, Louise’s thoughts dissect the aesthetic wonders of this contradictory city.

Inexhibit Magazine Features our “Active Voice” Project

We are thrilled to have our 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale installation, “Active Voice,” published by Inexhibit magazine.

Taking into consideration the particulars of time and place, architects today must engage in active conversations with communities to help give definition to their existence. “Active Voice””, our installation at the “Time Space Existence” exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale, is a snapshot of one such conversation. We engaged in a six-year dialogue that produced a series of architectural projects, including prefabricated classroom “buildings” that were integral to the creation of the Staten Island Community Charter School. Families of 86% of the students in the school live below the poverty line.

Check out the article here and the full video of our installation here!

Heading off to Venice to set up our installation

We will be installing our exhibit at Palazzo Bembo for the Global Art Affairs “Time Space Existence” Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Responding to the curatorial focus, “Reporting From the Front”, a three-dimensional video architectural exploration seen through the lens of two neighborhood grandmothers who established the school is at the core of the exhibit. The installation is composed of an integrated video display on four planes, three walls, and a horizontal platform that together describe the ongoing collaborative design process that resulted in formal and informal learning spaces for the growing number of students.

The architectural task was multifaceted. It included an ongoing search for a site for a new building, resulting in multiple investigations of possible parcels of open land as well as potential unused buildings, such as a manufacturing warehouse and an abandoned nunnery, which could be re-purposed into a new school campus. Simultaneously, yearly renovations and re-designs of the existing school classrooms and public space were part of the scope of work. The latest project is the design of adaptable, pre-fabricated “classroom buildings” suitable for small or large group learning that are located within the existing school gymnasium. This series of incremental architectural projects together strive to create an inclusive educational public domain for the students, educators and community.

Louise joins the Civita Institute Residency Jury

What a wonderful prize to live and work for one or two months in this exquisite hill-town retreat of Civita di Bagnoregio, which seems hewn right from the rock on which it rests. Louise spent a delightful afternoon with fellow jurors, selecting architects and artists to immerse themselves in the Italian hill-town culture in order to create a thoughtful project that will result from this unique experience.

Check out the Civita website for the announcement of winners.

Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso featured in ARQA Magazine

Our beautiful art museum in Boticas was recently profiled in ARQA’s “Portugal Internacional” issue, which celebrated international architects who have recently completed projects in Portugal. The 8-page spread on Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso includes photographs, drawings and diagrams that outline the arc of the project from start to finish. Check it out!

A lively discussion at the first Chicago Architecture Biennale

Louise was delighted to participate in a thoughtful discussion about the notion of inclusion in the field of architecture, viewed from an international perspective. Fellow panelists included: Farrokh Derakshani, Director, Ago Khan Award for Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland; Yasmeen Lari, Chair + CE, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan; Juan Moreno, Principal, Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects, Chicago, IL, USA; Brigitte Shim, Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Toronto, Canada; and Yasmin Vobis, Principal, Ultramoderne, Providence, RI, USA.

We are selected for the NW Arkansas Design Program

We are delighted to have been asked to join the inaugural pool of designers selected for Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program. Walton Family Foundation Home Region Program Director Karen Minkel says “our extensive review process, led by reputable industry professionals, will give our grantees access to high-caliber design that meets the needs of these public-use buildings and enhances Northwest Arkansas’ urban fabric.” We hope to make a meaningful contribution to the Bentonville Arkansas Community.

Click here for details.

We Are Documented In 30 Years Of Emerging Voices

Having been a recipient of the Architectural League Emerging Voice Award, we were delighted to be included in their critical book Thirty Years of Emerging Voices. The book documents “a significant body of realized work that represents the best of its kind and has the potential to shape the future of architecture and landscape design. Thirty Years of Emerging Voices documents and critically assesses the first three decades of the League’s Emerging Voices program.”

Click here for details.

Lecture at the Plan Magazine Perspective USA 2015

Speaking to an enlightened group of architects, critics and thought leaders, Louise discussed our architectural approach of “Art + Conscience”. She showed a series of local and global projects from all segments of society that shared a commonality of the intersection of inventive aesthetics and community concern.

Our VHW Staff Housing Wins AIANY Design Award

The Center for Architecture was abuzz last night with perceptive comments about the winners of the 2015 AIANY Design Awards. We are delighted that our project, Village Health Works Staff Housing, was part of the conversation.

Click here for list of winners.

Wow! We won two 2014 Annual Design Review Awards

We are always thrilled to know when our clients enjoy living and working in our projects, but we were particularly touched to know that the general architectural public feels the same way. This year, in 2014, two of our projects, Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso and Village Health Works Staff Housing received Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review Awards. We are delighted!

Click here for more information!

Louise Joins A Lively Panel At Art Basel Miami

Louise was delighted to take part in an enlightening conversation with an esteemed group of Miami-based women architects: Marilys Nepomechie of Florida International University, Carie Penabad of Cure & Penebad, and Lourdes Solera of M.C. Harry and Associates. Members of the audience were quite vocal about their opinions on the role of women in the profession, which led to a lively, interactive conversation moderated by Caroline James.

Louise Joins Global Architects To Discuss Women In The Field

Voices From Venice is a series of one-on-one interviews with Caroline James and 5 leading women architects in the field: Caroline Bos of UNStudio, Louise Braverman of Louise Braverman, Architect, Odile Decq of Studio Odile Decq, Yasmin Shariff of Dennis Sharp Architects, and Benedetta Tabliabue of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Louise enjoyed participating with her thoughtful peers in this video where women speak candidly about their experiences in the contemporary architecture world. The video is an extension of Caroline James and Arielle Assouline-Lichten’s ongoing effort for gender equality in architecture, which began with the petition to recognize Denise Scott Brown’s inclusion in the 1991 Pritzker Prize.

Check out the video on Vimeo!

Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso at "NY New Design"” Show

New Yorkers, check out our design for Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso at New York New Design from October 9th – November 2nd at the West 4th Street subway Station! Organized by the AIA New York and the Center for Architecture, the show is a part of Archtober, New York City’s Architecture and Design Month-long festival. The exhibition features projects that offer a snapshot of current practice and the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe.

Click here for more information.

Art Museum Receives American Architecture Award

More good news about the Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso! Our design for the art museum in Boticas, Portugal won a 2014 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design / The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The awards honor the best new significant buildings that influence the current aesthetic direction of today’s architectural work, and we are so proud to have our work selected for this recognition.

Click here for a list of winners.

VHW Staff Housing Wins AIA NY State Design of Merit Award

We are so pleased to win the International Design of Merit Award for our 18-units of off-the-grid housing in rural Kigutu, Burundi. If you happen to be in Saratoga Springs, check out our work displayed among fellow Design Award winners at the AIA New York State Design Conference from October 9-11!

Click here for a list of winners.

Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso wins AIA NYS Design Award

We are thrilled that our sustainable art museum in Boticas, Portugal has won the International Design of Excellence Award, the most prestigious in the International Category. Check out our work displayed among fellow Design Award winners at the AIA New York State Design Conference in Saratoga Springs from October 9-11!

Our work is on view at the US pavilion at the Venice Biennale

If you’re heading to Venice for the 14th Architecture Biennale, don’t miss the OfficeUS Exhibit in the US Pavilion, curated by Storefront for Art and Architecture. We are proud to have our firm and work on display among our peers in an exhibit that looks back on 100 years of US architectural firms working abroad while projecting a new model for global architectural practice open to all of us. Along with images and models of Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso, we are also presenting images of Village Health Works Staff Housing in Burundi as well as information about our firm.

Click here for more information about OfficeUS.

Check Out Our Installation At The 14th Venice Biennale

We are thrilled to return to Venice to display our work in the “Time Space Existence” International Exhibition in Palazzo Bembo. The exhibit, curated by the Global Arts Affairs Foundation, calls for architects to discuss the philosophical concepts of Time, Space and Existence, in reference to Curator Rem Koolhas’ premise of Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014.  Sarah Williams Goldhagen, architecture critic of The New Republic, speaks on an audio loop of her ideas about Situated Modernism, which we feel complements both our design approach and our installation. Our project has been mentioned in multiple publications, including ArchDaily’s 100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Biennale  and Arch News Now’s The Great Compilation: 14th International Exhibition of Architecture de la Biennale di Venezia.

Our African Project Wins AIA-BSA Housing Design Award

Images of the project will be on display at the Architecture Boston Expo 2014 in the Design Awards Gallery from October 28-30. All those in Boston, check it out! Also hope to see all of you Bostonians at the BSA Design Awards Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel on January 29, 2015, where the exact level of the awards will be revealed.

VHW Staff Housing wins 2014 Architizer+ Award

We are thrilled that our design for the Village Health Works Staff Housing received a Special Mention 2014 Architizer A+ Award. Louise enjoyed the celebration at the Second Annual Architizer A+Awards Gala at Highline Studios in Chelsea, New York.

Louise is part in of a round table discussion at Yale

Louise joined fellow alumni Celia Imrey, Laura Pirie, Robin Osler, Kimberly Brown, Doreen Adengo and Gabrielle Brainard to discuss their goals and experiences in creating their own architecture firms. The lively discussion was followed by a reception on the fourth floor of Yale A&A Building in New Haven.

Louise presents the Derfner Museum at the AIANY

In quick-fire 6-minute intervals, Louise joined 9 other New York architects to present our project, the Derfner Judaica Museum, as an example of outstanding interior spaces. The “Inside Out/Outside In” speed presentation, hosted by the AIANY Interiors Committee, focuses on interior projects that operate both internally and externally and contribute to the greater community by connecting to the public realm.

Louise invited to participate in Women Executives Roundtable

Louise was delighted to join Women in Housing and Finance Women Executives Roundtable Event in New York City. Seven substantial women from all phases of design, finance, and construction discussed professional issues related to housing with the membership of this esteemed organization. The evening was filled with conversation about thoughtful issues that affect all of us in the profession.

Louise joined "Small Firms Global Reach" panel at AIANY

Louise really enjoyed participating in a Pecha Kucha roundtable discussion, moderated by Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record, about small firms going global. Nine New York-based architects got together at the AIANY Center for Architecture to talk about the intersection of their small practices with work that takes them around the globe. The conversation highlighted the resourcefulness and flexibility of small firms as well as the complexity of global/local relations in far away places.

Our Master Plan design Wins American Architecture Award

We are thrilled that our design for the Master Plan for a Sustainable Kigutu has just won a second distinguished award, a 2013 American Architecture Award, from the Chicago Athenaeum/ European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Our project, along with all the other distinguished winners of both the American Architecture Awards and the International Architecture Awards will be on display at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires from September 19th – October 15th, 2013.

Click here for a list of winners.

Our plan wins International Architecture Award

We are honored that our design for the Master Plan for a Sustainable Kigutu was selected to win a 2013 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum/ European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Our project, along with all the other distinguished winners will be on display at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires from September 19th- October 15th, 2013.

Click here for a list of winners.

Louise is guest critic at Rensselaer Polytechnic

Louise was delighted to join Rachel Lawe, Director of the International Collage Center, noted collage artist Michael Oatman, and his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute architectural students for their spring final design jury. This event was particularly noteworthy because the project was to plan the new International Collage Center Museum, which our firm will be designing in the near future. The insightful designs were, in part, a result of a recent student field trip to the museum site in Milton, Pennsylvania, where Louise, Rachel, and Pavel Zoubok, the inspiration behind the new museum, discussed how the intersection of collage and architecture will define the project.

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