Braverman, Louise

Louise Braverman

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New York


  • Yale School of Architecture
  • University of Michigan


  • Louise Braverman Architect 1991-Current

Professional organizations

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 2008

Major projects

  • Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso Boticas Portugal
  • Derfner Museum Riverdale
  • Village Health Works Staff Housing Kigutu, Burundi
  • Poets House Library New York City
  • Chelsea Court Affordable Housing New York City

Related websites


Africa, New York, Portugal, Urban Design, Venice, Venice Biennale, civic, commercial, community, cultural, global, housing, institutional, interiors, landscape, master plan, net zero, public participation, residential, sustainable


Louise Braverman FAIA is an internationally acclaimed architect with a deep passion for creating sustainable architecture of art + conscience. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, she established her practice, Louise Braverman Architect, with the underlying belief that the power of architecture can positively affect the way in which we live. Working with all segments of society, her firm consistently takes on the challenge to innovate, creating impactful design excellence in the context of amplified sustainability and community engagement.

Recent projects that embrace diverse communities include Centro de Arts Nadir Afonso, an art museum in Boticas, Portugal that encourages public participation with art; Village Health Works Staff Housing, an off-the-grid dormitory in the post-genocide village of Kigutu, Burundi and the Derfner Museum, an art museum in Riverdale, New York that facilitates multi-generational engagement.

Her work has won over 50 design awards and been recognized locally and globally, resulting in her selection as a New York Architectural League’s Emerging Voice, elevation to fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, inclusion in Phaidon’s pivotal book, Breaking Ground, Architecture by Women and invitations to present the work of her firm at five consecutive Venice Architecture Biennales, both at international exhibits and at the United States Pavilion. She frequently shares her thoughts about creating architecture of art + conscience at diverse public forums, including giving a keynote address at the AIA  Iowa Convention and discussing her work with  Martha Thorne at the Center for Architecture AIA New York Chapter’s Cocktails + Conversations series.

Louise regularly contributes to the field by serving on design award juries including the 2021 Architizer A+ Product Awards, the 2020 Archistorming African House Design Competition, the 2017 AIA Chicago Design Awards, the 2016  and 2012 Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Awards, the 2016 Civita Institute Award and the 2014 AIA National Housing Award. She frequently serves as a mentor for many women in the field, participating annually in the AIANY Women in Architecture Mentorship Program.

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
  • Washington D.C., Registered Architect

Selected Louise Braverman Architect Projects


  • Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso Art Museum, Boticas, Portugal
  • Derfner 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
  • Pre-Fab Learning Landscape, 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


  • “Open the Box”, 2021 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • “Hyperloop Suburb”, 2018 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • “Active Voice”, 2016 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • “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

Selected Awards + Recognition

  • 2021  Interior Design: Best in Design
  • 2021  AIA NY Chapter Cocktails + Conversation  with Martha Thorne 
  • 2020  Interior Design: Women In Design Award
  • 2020 Interview
  • 2019   Breaking Ground: Architecture By Women,  Jane Hall
  • 2019   Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2017   Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2016   AIA National Small Project Award
  • 2015   AIANY Design Award: Architecture Merit Award
  • 2014   Architect Magazine Annual Design Review Citation Award
  • 2014   Architect Magazine Annual Design Review 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   AIA NYC/Boston Society of Architects Housing Award
  • 2013   Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Design Award
  • 2013   Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Design Award
  • 2013   Chicago Athenaeum Green GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2012   Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Design Award
  • 2010   Chicago Athenaeum Green GOOD DESIGN Award
  • 2009   Chicago Athenaeum International Design Architecture Award
  • 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

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2021   17th Venice Architecture Biennale, Time Space Existence Exhibit
  • 2018   16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Time Space Existence Exhibit
  • 2017    The GREEN GOOD Design Show 2017, Athens, Greece
  • 2016   15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Time Space Existence Exhibit
  • 2016   AIA New York, Reading Room: A Catalogue of New York City’s Branch Libraries
  • 2014   Istanbul Design Biennial, The City and the World Exhibition
  • 2014   14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Time Space Existence Exhibit
  • 2014   14th Venice Architecture Biennale: US Office Pavilion
  • 2013   14th International Biennial of Architecture, Buenos Aires
  • 2012   13th Venice Architecture Biennale, Traces of Centuries & Future Steps
  • 2011   Contemporary Space Athens
  • 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

Selected Lectures + Panels

  • 2021 Kean University Michael Graves School of Public Architecture Invited Lecturer, “Architecture of Art + Conscience”
  • 2021 AIANY Cocktails + Conversations, Lecture and Conversation with Martha Thorne
  • 2020 Madame Architect Interview with Julia Gamolina, “Defying the Mainstream: Louise Braverman on Entrepreneurship, Multi-tasking and Being Positive”
  • 2019   Newburgh Think Tank Participant, “Aerial Futures: Newburgh Enclosures”
  • 2017   Iowa AIA Convention Keynote Speaker, Des Moines, Iowa,
  • 2017   The National Arts Club Panel Moderator, “Venice: A Provocative Paradise”
  • 2017   Columbia Graduate School of Design Panel,  “Designing with Communities”
  • 2017   AIA NY Chapter Panel, “African Health Facilities”
  • 2017   Parsons School of Design, “An Architecture of Art + Conscience”,
  • 2016   The Plan Magazine Perspective USA,  “The “Art” in Art + Conscience”
  • 2015   The Chicago Architecture Biennale Panel, “An Inclusive Edge”
  • 2015   The Plan Magazine Perspective USA , “An Architecture of Art+Conscience”
  • 2014   Art Basel Miami + Harvard Design Week Panel, “Principled Design”
  • 2013   AIA NY Chapter, “Small Firms/Global Reach”
  • 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”
  • 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”
  • 1996   The Architectural League, “Emerging Voice”