Jul. 10th Studio Luz Announcements & Completed Projects


The Studio Luz office is bustling this summer with new projects and new staff. Bringing expertise in residential construction and graphic/ exhibition design and experience in institutional and commercial projects, Lisa Lostritto joins our office as a Project Manager and Designer.   We have returning intern Ellen Woodsbie and now graduate Hanhan Luo from last year.  Bringing expertise in urban design, Shiqing Liu joins us from Harvard University’s Masters of Urban Design program. Also Connie Wang, a fifth year B.Arch student at RISD, joins us for the first time this summer.  Together with Lisa and with experience in construction, Dane Clark is currently working on Construction Administration for the Piedmont Housing project.


Announcements and events:

Anthony Piermarini has been appointed Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. Anthony will take up his new position this fall 2015.

Hansy Better Barraza gave a lecture at the University of Patras as part of a collaborative studio led by Hansy  and Demetra Katsota (University of Patras). The lecture, Work, Life, discussed the recent housing projects completed and under construction.



Hansy also was panelist and co-organizer with Sheila Bonde, Laura Briggs and Dietrich Neumann  for the joint RISD/ Brown University Architecture Urbanism Humanities Symposium on April 23-25 2015.The list of participants include Bernard Tschumi, Amale Andraos, Stan Allen, Nicholas BoyarskyThomas Kelley, Kent Kleinman, Itohan Osayimwese, Matthias SauerbruchIgor MarjanovicNader Tehrani and Martha Thorne.


Giving back to the community:

Principal Hansy Better Barraza and Project Manager Lisa Lostritto participated in the Design for Justice Interdisciplinary Unit at the Urban Science Academy, a Boston Public High School, in May 2015. Christine Sand, a Humanities teacher at the Urban Science Academy invited the staff at Studio Luz Architects as professional volunteers to help high school students develop their proposals for humane migrant housing.  In addition, Studio Luz Architects has conducted advocacy work through design workshops and talks with early age learners at the Hurley School K-8, a Boston Public Spanish-English immersion school located in the South End.

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What we have completed:

Along with the completion of two single family residences that we have covered on our blog recently, the Meyer Residence and Eliot Residence, we have also completed work on the new Dolce & Gabbana store on Newbury Street in Boston and a new storage wine wall installation at Seiyo Sushi & Wine Bar in Boston.

Dolce & Gabbana

As the Architect of record for the Dolce & Gabanna retail store on Newbury Street in Boston, the goal was to work with the company’s branding and design team to create a space that coordinates with existing site conditions yet still showcases the brand’s luxurious style. The entrance is split into the brand’s requisite men’s and women’s entrances by creating glass doorways in the two existing bay windows. The store welcomes visitors through small level platform changes and into a series of luxury cavern spaces displaying Dolce & Gabanna products.


use this-01Repurposing Chimney Flues as Wine Display Containers

Following the concept for Seiyo Sushi & Wine Bar, the wine display is a fusion of old and new. The display is made from repurposed terra cotta chimney flues as the immediate bottle container and is wrapped with ribbons of cold rolled steel plates with a gun blue patina. The steel runs the extent of the flues to not only encompass each bin but also shifts from surface to standing bottle display as the steel nests between, and at the termination of bins. The two rows of the display are secured to laminated veneer lumber and are angled at the ends to allow for customer visibility and ability to walk around the display.



luz_seiyo drawings





Oct. 2nd News & Experimenting with Small Projects


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.


Luz_55                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty South End office in Boston, Studio Luz Architects provided an efficient work space layout while remaining attentive to the client’s request of an open gallery.Walls are used for hanging art and glass walls provide sound insulation allowing for views through out the space. We designed double story work spaces, used every inch for storage and tucked away an employee bathroom area.












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.









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.











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