Louise Harpman

Architect and Associate Professor

Working At

New York University


Louise Harpman is the founder and principal of Louise Harpman__PROJECTS whose work focuses on architectural design, urban design, and design research. Her current project is called zeroMicro, which combines zero net energy building protocols with micro-unit dwellings. Her website is www.louiseharpman.com. Louise Harpman was, for 20 years, a principal at Specht Harpman, an architecture and design firm with offices in New York City and Austin, Texas. Specht Harpman was named Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York and was honored as one of Wallpaper* magazine's "top 50 up and coming firms from around the world." in the annual Design Directory. Specht Harpman was named "Tastemakers" by House and Garden magazine and was frequently listed as of New York City's "Top 100" architects by New York Magazine. The firm was honored with design awards from the AIA (American Institute of Architects), Texas Society of Architects, and I.D. Magazine. The work of Specht Harpman was published widely, in such places as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Architecture, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Interiors, Texas Architect, W magazine, as well as on Bloomberg News and HGTV. The firm's off-the-grid prototype house, the zeroHouse, was itself published in over 50 international magazines and books. Louise Harpman has maintained, since 1994, a commitment to teaching as well as practice. She joined the NYU faculty at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2010 and is a tenured Associate Professor of architecture, urban design, and sustainability. She taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she was the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Before joining the UT faculty, she taught at the Yale School of Architecture and at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Architecture. Louise received an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and an M.Arch. from Yale University. Specialties: Architectural Design, Urban Design, Competition advising, Process facilitation
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