Dec. 22nd Season’s Greetings from Studio Luz Architects

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To our Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

As we close out 2020, we are writing with a sincere message of gratitude and optimism for 2021. This has been a year of many difficult circumstances and unprecedented situations. We are thankful that we were able to work with you through these challenges and accomplish many of the goals we set together. There is certainly much more work to be done as we strive to create work that exceeds expectations and continues to inspire.

Studio Luz is proud to have been part of a number of projects and initiatives this past year. We are actively working on affordable and environmentally responsible multi-family housing throughout Boston’s neighborhoods with TLee Development, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. and Urbanica. All of which are striving to meet the City of Boston’s Carbon Zero initiative and the ambitious Passive House standards for energy performance. We also have an inspiring historical renovation and new residences rising in Bay Village with our long valued clients TCR Development and JB Ventures. Another project which is so very important personally, and to the community, is Sociedad Latina’s new building renovations on Mission Hill, finishing up in early 2021. Looking ahead to the spring, we are thrilled about our upcoming collaboration with Boston artist Marlon Forrester on the Dewitt playground renovations as a vital public space. This is all-important work for the communities our projects serve, and a true honor to be part of their well-deserved success!

We are also happy to be serving our professional and academic community, Anthony Piermarini is serving on the Boston Society of Architects Board. Hansy Better Barraza will be teaching a seminar on Women in Architecture and Urbanism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in joint appointment between Architecture, Urban Design, and Planning. Centered to the studio’s mission on design accessibility and equity, the principals have co-authored an essay titled “Work to Do After” to be published in the Cornell Journal of Architecture. These many facets of our practice inform how we approach the discipline, and we are thankful to be engaged in these pursuits with each and every one of you.

All of this work is collaborative and cannot be achieved without support from our incredibly talented and tireless staff! Jeanine, Ivan, Jason, Damian, Iris, and Youngju, have contributed amazing things to this practice. This team works with rigor, intellect, respect, grace, and good-natured humor in all that they take on. Lastly, our collaboration with the various talented Clients, Contractors, Engineers, and Professional Consultants is greatly appreciated as we create more opportunities to work together. Architecture is a collaborative enterprise, touching so many aspects of the environment, the city, and people’s lives, it is only through strong teams that we realize our aspirations.

On behalf of Studio Luz Architects, may your holidays be bright and upcoming New Year be prosperous!

Sincerely,

Hansy Better Barraza, AIA LEED AP BD+C & Anthony Piermarini, AIA

Founding Principals 

Oct. 2nd News & Experimenting with Small Projects

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Studio Luz Architects is currently working on a couple of housing projects in the New England area.   While our new projects are in development, we  would like to take this opportunity to share with you some office news and some interior design work we have done for our past clients. First, we would like to announce that Principal Anthony Piermarini is scheduled to lecture at Roger Williams University on October 9th at 6pm and Principal Hansy Better Barraza will be featured in a curated Women in Design exhibition at the BSA|Space from October 4th to November 15th, 2013.  We hope you can join us for either the public lecture or for the opening exhibition reception taking place on Friday, October 4th at 6pm. Admission is free to the public!

At Studio Luz Architects, small renovation projects are opportunities for experimentation with material and construction detailing. We recognize the opportunities inherent in budget and schedule constraints by responding with the highest quality of design services.

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For Dental Arts of Westwood, MA, Studio Luz sculpted the reception area with an an open looped front desk to create an inviting focal point where patients feel welcomed. Throughout their stay,the open design creates a pleasant environment for the patient, giving them direct access to an attendant at all times.

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For the world famous Eagle’s Deli & Restaurant in Cleveland Circle, Boston, we experimented with wood and the act and time it takes to broil or grill a burger to create a dynamic texture for all the interior surfaces.

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 We used off the shelf booth leg and table supports and designed custom table tops and back support.

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Apr. 7th Harpoon, Awards & More

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View of Beer Hall

On February 1st, the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall & Visitor Center opened to much critical acclaim. After positive reviews from the Boston Magazine, Boston.com, and Twitter, the Beer Hall has been packed! Harpoon Senior Vice President of Marketing, Charlie Storey noted that the beer hall is so popular, it hit capacity on Saint Patrick’s Day weekend by 11:30 am!

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View from Function Room

Studio Luz Architects’s communal design has allowed for Harpoon to craft the experience of enjoying their beer among friends, all while taking in fantastic views of Boston and Harpoon’s new canning line! Make sure you go check out our latest project, and have a beer while you’re there.

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View from Bar

Make sure you check out more images of Harpoon on our website.

OTHER MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

luz_51Urbanica 691 Residences won a 2012 BSA Design Award for Housing Design. In other good news our Urbanica 691 Residences project on Massachusetts Avenue won a 2012 BSA Design Award for Housing Design. We are very proud of our design and collaboration with Urbanica, and appreciative of the recognition. Check out more images of Urbanica 691 on our website.

Leather District Loft featured in Boston Home “Best Of Boston Home 2012” issue. Leather District Loft also has received good press recently, as it was featured in Boston Home’s Best of Boston Home 2012 magazine. Check out the spread and make sure you look on our website to see more images, including an animation of how the space changes!

Barraza lectures about newly released book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange.” Principal Hansy Better Barraza of Studio Luz Architects is also lecturing to promote her recent book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange” and will have speaking engagements at The Cooper Union on April 11th and at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan on April, 12th.

For more information check out the books website for purchasing information and future lectures.

Jan. 1st Welcome 2013!

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Studio Luz Architects is 10 years old! This is certainly a milestone for us and we are very grateful to all those we have worked with through the years. Looking back over 10 years it is rewarding to see how many people we have collaborated with and helped us successfully complete so much work. Thank you for the privilege!

This past year, we began new relationships that have proven to be inspiring. It began with a great project for the Harpoon Brewery Visitor’s Center. We are very proud of the work we did with the Harpoon team, they have certainly lived up to their moniker that “beer is best enjoyed among friends” and we are glad to have made some new ones in Harpoon. Throughout the process we worked closely with Cafco Construction to complete the new Beer Hall on the South Boston waterfront and are proud to say that the venue is scheduled to open early in 2013. Congratulations to the entire design, construction and Harpoon team! Cheers!

We have much to look forward to in 2013, including projects under way and new clients that we will certainly enjoy working with. We would like to specifically thank our friends in Liverpool UK, for inviting us to their home and allowing us to design for their growing family. Another project underway is a new sustainable ground up residence in Jamaica Plain, where we are making a cozy building nestled into the garden. This will be a great hidden gem. Following up on previous projects, our recently completed Leather District Loft was just written up by Cheryl Weber in Residential Architect and will also be featured in the forthcoming Boston Magazine for the Spring of 2013. Developing these relationships with our residential clients is truly rewarding.

A big, big, big, congratulations to Principal Hansy Better Barraza for the release of her book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange”. She has worked tirelessly to develop this project with Gloria Kury of Periscope Ltd. and distribution by Prestel Press. Look for or request your copy from your local bookseller. You can also order online.

There is nothing more rewarding than the work we do, as it brings together so many people to make for better spaces, better buildings and ultimately better experiences. Thanks to everyone we have worked with and we send our best wishes for peace, health and happiness.

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.