Louise Harpman

Architect New York / United States

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Louise Harpman is the project manager of the zeroHouse™. She serves as the primary liaison to academic, governmental and industry partners, and is also responsible for marketing and promotion of the zeroHouse™. In addition to being a founding partner of Specht Harpman Architects, Louise is a nationally-known, award-winning architectural educator. She taught at the Yale School of Architecture for eight years and currently teaches at The University of Texas at Austin, where she has served as an Associate Dean for the past five years. Both Yale and the University of Texas are widely known for their commitment to leading-edge architectural design and high-performance, sustainable architecture. Louise is the founder and director of the Design>Build>Texas project at the University of Texas. The Design>Build>Texas project, a house designed and built on a 979-acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country, is a model for environmentally-responsible building practices and technologies. The project received local, state, national and international recognition for its promotion and incorporation of sustainable design principles. The project was featured at the United States Green Building Council's annual GreenBuild conference in Portland, Oregon; won an award in the National Council of Architecture Registration Board's (NCARB) annual design innovation competition; and won a Texas Society of Architects award for design excellence. The project was also featured in the book The 21st Century House as a model for leading-edge design, as well as sustainable design and construction. Before founding Specht Harpman, Louise worked at Eisenman Architects and Buttrick White & Burtis Architects, both in New York. She also worked as a Project Manager for the City of New York. She has expertise across a variety of building types, including rural and urban site design, urban housing, schools, and churches. Louise is a Senior Fellow and Council Member of New York City’s Design Trust for Public Space, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors of the Austin Foundation for Architecture; a member of the Board of Directors of Pecha Kucha Austin; and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Louise Harpman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University and received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University.