Jan. 2nd An Open Letter to a New Year

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is time for Studio Luz to reflect on the past and imagine new possibilities for the future. 2011 marked some significant achievements for our clients as well as our team here at Studio Luz. Here is a quick look at some of accomplishments and projects to look out for in 2012!

We are very proud of all our new projects this past year. We congratulate ECCO Pizzeria in Allston,  Chutneys at the Longwood Galleria, Dental Arts of Westwood, Ab-Pro Labs of Lexington, and to our dear residential clients, thank you for allowing us to be part of your homes. One of the residences was recently featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. We would also like to give special congratulations to Urbanica Inc. for the new residences at 691 Massachusetts Avenue project, which received a great article from Robert Campbell, the Pulitzer-Prize winning critic for the Boston Globe.  SLA is proud to be involved with all of these projects, grateful to our clients for the opportunity and enjoyed the process immensely. You can see many of these on our redesigned website, facebook, and blog.

Our principals were fortunate to be invited to speak, contribute to and participate in various juries and symposia internationally this year. We thank Universidad Francisco Marroquín of Guatemala, the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Critical Productive for including Hansy in their programs this year. We also thank the AIA Puerto Rico for inviting Anthony to be part of the AIA Award Jury and to present at the Polytechnic University School of Architecture.

Academically, our founding partner, Hansy Better Barraza was promoted to Associate Professor in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was recognized for her dedication to addressing issues of Social Justice through Architecture as well as excellence in mentoring and teaching. She is currently on sabbatical working on two significant projects. Her first project is applied research into making ecologically advanced homes in an affordable way. The second project due out in 2012 is her new book, “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange.” being published by Periscope Ltd. and distributed worldwide by Prestel Press.

Lastly, principals, Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini founded a new Non-Profit organization called BRACE, which received its 501(c) (3) status. BRACE is dedicated to creating innovative and progressive community spaces that engage in social, economic and cultural issues.

In 2012, we look forward to continued collaborations with our clients and of course welcome new relationships. Wishing everyone peace, health and joy in the New Year!

Cheers!

From all of us at Studio Luz Architects.