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 

Apr. 15th New housing proposal for 16 Ronald St

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The Project

Studio Luz is proud to showcase a housing design proposal in response to the Department of Neighborhood Development’s call for proposals for the development of a 34,415 square foot residential area on Ronald Street. Teaming up with VietAID, Inc and Codman Square NDC, we have proposed two and three story multifamily homes. The two buildings will house 58 apartments, including studios, single bedroom units, and the Senior Community Room. The Senior Community Room is a multipurpose room in which residents will be able to gather for group activities, host events, and/or open the space to the larger community.

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Joining the Neighborhood

The site’s connection to the neighborhood was a crucial piece of the design process for us. Accordingly, we have organized the site around a community outdoor street space that extends the lines of Morse Street. We envision this throughway playing an important role for Ronald St residents, offering them a central public space for recreation, socializing, or an evening stroll.

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Our Residential Philosophy


Ronald St. is the most recent of a series of urban residential projects that are bound together by a common philosophy. We approach the design of urban housing not as just an aggregation of unit types or even just a single building, but as enduring homes for families, groups and individuals with diverse personal lifestyles. Additionally, we believe that all of our projects must be as responsive to the environment as they are comfortable for residents. By incorporating these considerations into our designs, we seek to foster independent living with strengthened communities. The Ronald St. design has developed from this foundation of social responsibility, personal styles, respect for the historic environment, and sustainability.  We will keep you posted if our team is selected for the project — fingers crossed!