Maziar Behrooz Architecture was founded in the 1990s in Manhattan and established an office in East Hampton in 1996.
Over the past 18 years we have created a variety of projects and buildings from sustainable single family homes to affordable housing & public projects, from East Hampton to Montauk, and in New York, New Orleans and overseas.
Our work has been recognized for its functionalism, innovation and sustainable design.
We often engage in civic, community and art projects. They affirm our mission to have a lasting and meaningful impact on our surroundings.
We are guided by simplicity. It helps us break down complex problems and achieve efficient solutions -whatever the givens.
At the start of every project, we like to explore a wide range of solutions, alternative materials and ideas.
This process ends with the discovery of exciting concepts and solutions that are specific to the nature of each project while having broader implications.
Environmentally, our goal, in parallel with that of the AIA, is to reduce the energy usage of buildings 50% by the year 2050.
Maziar attended the Tulane School of Architecture, the Institute for Architecture & Urban Studies and Cornell University.
He is a member of the AIA, USGBC and Tulane Architecture board of advisors.
He travels often to New Orleans for architecture, food & music.
Maziar's work has been exhibited at the Salomon Contemporary Gallery and the Parrish Museum of Art Road Show.
A Note on Sustainability:
Working on the East End of Long Island between the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, amongst estuaries, wetlands, and farmland, and above two aquifers from which we pump our drinking water, gives us a critical opportunity and challenge to carefully observe the relationship between human settlement and nature and the long-term impact of buildings on the environment. More recently, with the opening of our satellite office in the heart of New York City, the highest density large city in the country, we can can observe the difference between high-density living in multifamily high-rises and low-density living in single family homes. We experience first hand the real and measurable effect of buildings on our drinking water, wetlands, natural barriers, plant life, and air quality and the critical importance of making real improvements. We strive to tread our grounds with care while recognizing the inherent challenge of building sustainably in an area dominated by single family residences.
We don't just design buildings; we create integrated environments. In fact, the built (or the building) in our work, in particular in our recent design projects, is a mere component, albeit a vital one, of a total environment. In the case of our short-listed proposal for a 600 person Baha'i Temple at the foot of the Andes, for example, the experience of the complete cycle of nature and nature-based uses led to an architectural design that relies on the geological features of the site for its spatial definition and completion. This fundamental shift in attitude, a reversal of the conventional relationship between buildings and nature whereby buildings are a component of much larger Architecture of the Environment, characterizes our approach to design.
In 2008, we built the first green-roof in Montauk. This minimized storm water runoff, added additional insulation, and made the roof an inviting and livable space. For our next project, the Arc House, we went beyond planting sedum on the roof and buried much of the structure within the landscape. This took advantage of the naturally temperate ground temperature and substantially decreased the house’s energy consumption. In addition to the naturally regulated subterranean part of the house, the rounded shape of the above-ground portion of the structure created a natural convection in the space and stabilized the temperature of the room. Most recently, for the the Sayres House and Hanging Gardens, we created multiple landscaped terraces adding more green-space to the property than we removed by building the structure. As architects, our specific role is to demonstrate alternative methods of planning and construction that promote our total ecological philosophy while helping preserve, sustain and regenerate the environment.
As practitioners, our challenge is to apply this attitude to every project, large or small, affordable or luxurious. While the physical results vary, we consistently aim for the maximization, wherever possible, of contiguous natural habitats. By clustering buildings and increasing managed landscapes, we leave nature to perform its self-healing, self-cleaning processes. We like to explore site layouts that reduce or otherwise draw attention to the impact of buildings on the environment. In our proposal for 90 units of affordable housing in Norwalk, Connecticut, for example, alternative building technologies are integrated with a site plan that reverses suburban and wasteful development while creating a model for the regeneration of a neighborhood. The use of passive systems which take advantage of solar orientation, wind direction, and landscaping are fundamental to our decision making process while the examination of efficient and alternative materials and building technologies is a fulfillment of that promise.
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