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.
Extended Statement : _History & Philosophy
_MB Architecture is a studio of architecture and planning founded in 1990 in New York City and since 1996 with an office in East Hampton, New York. Our geographic location has given us a critical opportunity and challenge to carefully observe the interdependent relationship of human settlement with nature and the long-term impact of buildings on the environment.
We start our design process by redefining outmoded terminologies that perpetuate non-existent relationships. We don't design buildings but 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. As architects our specific role is to demonstrate alternative methods of planning and construction that promote this 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.
In over twenty years of practice, we have developed an array of project types and scales from town plans to urban interventions to small, integrated houses all of which have resulted from a close collaboration with clients and consultants. Our experience has taught us that the role of the architect is to be both a designer and facilitator in the successful completion of every project. We understand that coordination and communication between architect, contractor and client are key to job progress and budget control. As co-chair of the local AIA Comprehensive Planning Committee, for example, Mr. Behrooz, assisted the committee in bringing individuals with differing opinions and competing voices to the table and establishing consensus on town-wide 'hot-button' issues; an important requirement of any community planning. A list of strong client relationships is evidence of this attitude.
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