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Anthony
J. Piermarini

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Studio Luz
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Hansy
L. Better Barraza

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Anthony J. Piermarini, AIA

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Anthony Piermarini received his first professional Bachelors of Architecture degree at Cornell University (1997) and post-professional Masters of Architecture II degree at the Harvard Design School (1999). Anthony is a Massachusetts Registered Architect and a recipient of the National AIA Young Architects Award.

Committed to design excellence, service, quality and delivery of every project, Anthony works closely with clients, guiding through the design process to help realize each project’s goals. Anthony’s approach emerges from a design philosophy that is sensitive to the specific culture and climate in which architecture operates. He seeks to strengthen the interrelationships between design, technology and the environment in which we build.

Anthony also contributes to expanding the understanding of architecture through talks within the local municipalities, professional organizations and academic communities. He is an advocate for making design accessible and potent, as demonstrated in his firm’s participation in the 1% ProBono program. Anthony is also a Co-Founder of BR-A-CE: Building Research–Architecture–Community Exchange, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by artists and designers to create new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues facing communities around the world.

Anthony is currently an Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University. He has also taught and lectured at various universities including Harvard University, Cornell University, MIT, Yale, Northeastern University and University of Buffalo, among others.

ANTHONY J. PIERMARINI, AIA

Studio Luz Architects

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Luz: \lüz\ looz
Spanish meaning light.
A bone located where the mind connects to the body;
a kernel around which to build.

We welcome this opportunity to introduce Studio Luz Architects, an agile, forward thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility, sustainable construction practices with built material expression. Through our work, we seek to redefine traditional uses of space, materials, and technology to better serve the exceptional aspects that each project and client possess. Our work and client base is diverse, ranging from residential, commercial, institutional to cultural projects. We understand that the creation of architecture is a collective enterprise and as such, we organize strategic collaborations between our clients, fabricators, engineers, and building contractors to achieve the project goals. With an expanding field of influence, we invest in innovative concepts, find inspiration in popular culture, promote local craft, and think through abstraction to create something unexpected and refreshing. We embrace a strong team approach and through this are able to tap into the full richness of architectural practice, nurturing innovative ideas into constructed reality.

Founded by principal partners Hansy L. Better Barraza, AIA, LEED AP and Anthony J. Piermarini, AIA in 2002, the work of Studio Luz Architects has been widely recognized receiving international honors including the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award, the National AIA Young Architects Award, a Progressive Architectural Award, Hospitality Design Wave of the Future Award, New England Home 5 Under 40 Award, four AIA Design Excellence Awards and the prestigious Architectural League of New York’s Young Architect’s Award. Studio Luz Architects is NCARB certified, and licensed to practice in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York. Hansy and Anthony are active members of the Boston Society of Architects, the United States Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects and participate in the 1% Pro Bono Design Public Architecture Program. In addition, Hansy and Anthony are Co-Founders of BR+A+CE: Building Research+Architecture+Community Exchange, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by artists and designers to create new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues facing communities around the world.

Hansy L. Better Barraza, AIA LEED AP

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Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Hansy L. Better Barraza, received her first professional Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University (1997) and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School (2000).  Hansy is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Registered Architect in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York.  She is NCARB certified to allow for reciprocity in other states.

As the Graduate Program Director of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and as well as a practitioner, Hansy offers an intense focus on design methods that embrace social responsibility as she works with clients to reach their goals for every project. Hansy’s work fuses handcraft and digital fabrication techniques to bridge the advancement of the means and methods of construction with an awareness to the working of materials that ties it to a specific culture, environment, or manufacturing process.

Past professional appointments include serving on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) Designer Selection Board Panel, and serving as Secretary for the Boston Society of Architects, as a Trustee for the Boston Architectural College, as Commissioner of Education and Research for the Boston Society of Architects and as a member of the Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) Design Committee. Academically, Hansy is currently a Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and serves on the editorial board for the Critical Productive Journal examining the intersection of architecture, culture and theory.  Prior to joining the faculty at RISD, she was a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Northeastern University. She has been an invited critic and lecturer at Harvard University, Yale, Columbia University, Northeastern University and many other institutions around the country.

Most recently, her book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange” was published by Periscope Ltd., located in Pittsburgh, and distributed worldwide by Prestel Press. The Boston Business Journal and El Planeta highlighted Hansy as one of 20 Hispanic executives making a difference in Boston.

HANSY BETTER BARRAZA, AIA LEED AP

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"Indeed, interaction is fuel for Studio Luz principals Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini, whose work negotiates experiences of community and introspection."

-David Sokol
Architecture Record Design Vanguard issue, 2006

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"In their own practice, the formal aspect of their interiors work clearly shows this provenance in the creative use of light and material. But it is through their social engagement that they add another dimension to their portfolio of built projects and installations."

-Hubert Murray
The New Establishment Meets The Next Wave
Architecture Record, 2008