Louise Harpman is an Associate Professor at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a founding partner in the architecture and urban design firm Specht Harpman Architecture, a small company whose award-winning work —recognized by Wallpaper magazine’s as one of the “top 50 up and coming architectural practices from around the world” —includes commercial, institutional and residential projects. Specht Harpman has received multiple Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and was named “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York.
The firm's designs have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Municipal Art Society, the Van Alen Institute, the American Institute of Architects and in three solo gallery shows. Specht Harpman was named “Tastemakers” by House and Garden magazine and is frequently included as one of New York City’s “Top 100” architects by New York magazine. The firm’s solar-powered, off-the-grid modular house, zeroHouse, has won a number of design awards and has been published in over 40 international books and magazines. Specht Harpman's model for a small, hyper-efficient urban dwelling, the Manhattan Micro Loft, has been widely featured in the professional, popular, and business press, including the New York Times and Bloomberg News.
Louise Harpman maintains a commitment to teaching as well as practice. She taught at the Yale School of Architecture for eight years, where she was the Studio Coordinator for the hallmark Yale Building Project and the Chair of the Admissions Committee. She left Yale to become Associate Dean at the University of Texas at Austin and served as the Director of the school's Professional Residency Program. While at Texas, she founded the DesignBuildTexas studio program, though which her students designed and built an affordable, energy-efficient house prototype, which was featured at the United States Green Building Conference and the AIA National Convention. At Gallatin, she teaches an advanced Architecture and Urban Design LAB course, an introductory design course, and a course on Mapping, which is cross-listed with the Department of Environmental Studies where she is an Associated Faculty member. She teaches a graduate course in urban design at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where she is also an Associated Faculty member. She is the co-author of Global Design (Prestel, 2014) with NYU professors Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim, and the co-editor of Perspecta: Settlement Patterns (MIT Press, 1999).