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.
It was a lovely evening at Architectural Record’s 125th Anniversary Gala. What was really memorable was Louise’s conversation with architectural critic, Sarah Goldhagen and Mildred Schmertz, an early editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. Mildred discussed in detail the early days of the magazine.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.