Braverman, Louise

Louise Braverman

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New York


  • Yale School of Architecture
  • University of Michigan


  • Louise Braverman, Architect 1991-Current
  • Austin Braverman Patterson Architects

Professional organizations

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 2008


New York, Urban Design, civic, commercial, global, institutional, interiors, landscape, master plan, residential, sustainable


Practicing locally and globally, Louise Braverman FAIA is an award-winning architect whose firm is committed to building sustainable architecture of art + conscience. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, she established her own practice in 1991 with a commitment to search for elemental solutions to complex architectural and urban problems, using common means to achieve uncommon results.

Her firm is a highly focused studio that designs artistically inventive institutional, residential, commercial, master planning and urban infra-structure projects that are situated in both their time and place. Recent work includes Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso Art Museum in Boticas, Portugal, Master Plan for a Sustainable Kigutu and Staff Dormitory in Burundi, Africa, Poets House Library at Battery Park City and the Derfner Judaica Museum in Riverdale. The Walton Family Foundation selected her firm in 2015 to be included in the inaugural Northwest Design Excellence Program, a pool of 36 designers that will contribute to the future of the urban landscape in Northwest Arkansas.

Her work has been widely published and recognized by her peers, including selection as an Architectural League’s Emerging Voice and elevation to fellowship in the AIA. She regularly contributes to the field by serving on design award juries including the 2012 Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Awards and the 2014 AIA National Housing Awards. Recently she has been invited to present the work of her firm at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The work was shown in international exhibits in 2012 and 2014 as well as at the USA Pavilion in 2014.

Professional Registrations + Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects
  • NCARB Certificate
  • State of New York, Registered Architect
  • State of Connecticut, Registered Architect
  • State of Pennsylvania, Registered Architect

Selected Louise Braverman Architect Projects


  • Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso Art Museum, Boticas, Portugal
  • Derfner Judaica Museum, Riverdale, New York
  • Poets House Library + Learning Center, Battery Park City, New York
  • Brooklyn Public Library-Highlawn Branch, Brooklyn, New York
  • Staten Island Community Charter School, Staten Island, New York


  • Chelsea Court Affordable Housing, New York, New York
  • Village Health Works Staff Residence, Burundi, Africa

Master Plan

  • Master Plan for a Sustainable Kigutu, Burundi, Africa
  • Staten Island Community Charter School Master Plan


  • “Architectural Essence”, 2014 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • “Kigutu” in Formation”,  2012 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • “Poetic Light”, Grand Central Terminal,  New York
  • “Maps + Movies”, Grand Central Terminal, New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • 2016   AIA National Small Project Award
  • 2015   Blueprint Awards Shortlist
  • 2015   Architizer + Award Finalist
  • 2015   AIANY Design Award: Architecture Merit Award
  • 2015   ArchDaily Building of the Year Award: Semi-Finalist
  • 2014   Annual Design Review Citation Award: Architect Magazine
  • 2014   Annual Design Review Honorable Mention Award: Architect Magazine
  • 2014   Re-Thinking the Future Sustainability Honorable Mention Award
  • 2014   Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Design Award
  • 2014   AIA NY State Design Award of Excellence: International Category
  • 2014   AIA NY State Design Award of Merit: International Category
  • 2014   Architizer A+ Special Mention Award
  • 2014   AIA NYC/Boston Society of Architects Housing Award
  • 2014   14th Venice Architecture Biennale
  • 2013   Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Design Award
  • 2013   Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Design Award
  • 2013   Chicago Athenaeum Green GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2012   13th Venice Architecture Biennale
  • 2012   Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Design Award
  • 2010   Chicago Athenaeum Green GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2009   Chicago Athenaeum International Design Architecture Award
  • 2008   Louise Braverman elevated to FAIA in the American Institute of Architects
  • 2005   Residential Architect Design Award of Merit
  • 2004   AIA NYC/Boston Society of Architects Housing Award
  • 2004   AIA National Housing Award
  • 2003   AIA New York State Award
  • 1997   I.D. Award: Best of Category in Environments
  • 1996   Emerging Voice Award: The New York Architectural League
  • 1994   AIA Long Island Chapter Award

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2015   AIA NY Design Awards Exhibition at the Center for Architecture
  • 2014   14th Venice Architecture Biennale, “Time Space Existence” Exhibit
  • 2014   14th Venice Architecture Biennale: “US Office” Pavillion
  • 2013   14th International Biennial of Architecture, Buenos Aires
  • 2012   13th Venice Architecture Biennale, “Traces of Centuries & Future Steps”
  • 2011   Contemporary Space Athens
  • 2010   An Architect’s Legacy: James Stirling’s Students at Yale
  • 2010   XV111 International Architecture Festival Zodchestvo, Moscow
  • 2006   Edna Vihel Center for the Artes, “Workforce Housing”
  • 2005   Fannie May Foundation Traveling Exhibit, ” Affordable Housing”
  • 2004   National Building Museum, “Affordable Housing: An American Asset”
  • 2003   American Institute of Architects New York State Convention
  • 1997   AIGA ID Tenth Annual Design Review Exhibition

Selected Lectures + Panels

  • 2015   The Chicago Architecture Biennale, “An Inclusive Edge”
  • 2015   The Plan Magazine Perspective USA , “An Architecture of Art+Conscience”
  • 2014   Art Basel Miami + Harvard Design Week, “Principled Design”
  • 2014   Video, “Voices from Venice: A Global Dialogue for Women in Architecture”
  • 2013   AIA NY Chapter, “Small Firms/Global Reach”
  • 2012   Yale School of Architecture, “Pecha Kucha Yale Women”
  • 2012   Cooper Union, “Sustainable Design + Knowledge Transfer in Africa”
  • 2011   Greater Hudson Heritage Network, “Universal Design in Museums”
  • 2011   Yale Club NYC, “An Architecture of Art + Conscience”
  • 2011   CUNY 20th Century Art, “Elastic Boundaries”
  • 2011   AIA NY Chapter, “Design Through Dialogue”
  • 2010   AIA Newark, “An Architecture of Art + Conscience”
  • 2009   Cosmopolitan Club NYC, “An Architecture of Art + Conscience,
  • 2008   AIA NY Chapter, “The Intersection of Poetry + Architecture”
  • 2008   AIA NY Chapter, “The Judaica Museum, Model for Aging Boomers”
  • 2007   Morgan Library, Museum Educators, “Spaces for Learning”
  • 2007   Ryerson University, “An Architecture of Art + Conscience”
  • 2005   UIA 2005 Istanbul Conference, “Women and Architecture Today”
  • 2005   Archeworks, Chicago, “An Architecture of Art + Conscience”
  • 2004   Penn Humanities Forum, “The Domains of Sleep: Sleep Space”
  • 2004   New Jersey Instititute of Technology, “Architecture-Women Space”
  • 2004   New Jersey Institute of Technology, “Expanding Housing”
  • 1996   Cosmopolitan Club NYC, “Women Architects Pushing Boundaries”
  • 1996   The Architectural League, “Emerging Voice”