Founded in 1984, the architectural studio of Buck Moorhead is committed to comprehensive, systematic quality. Our foremost goal is to design projects that are integrated with and responsive to the systems in which they exist—social, economic, cultural, environmental. The pursuit and achievement of this is at the forefront of all of our decision-making, be it with respect to the development of a master plan or the simple design of a door.
We are committed to completing architectural projects addressing a broad range and scale of design issues: sustainable community and master planning; new construction and renovations; residential, commercial, and institutional; Passive House and net zero building design; stick-built and prefabricated construction; energy retrofits and long-term phasing studies. We are a small architectural studio with a wide range of trusted partners. Learn more about our team below.
Buck Moorhead, AIA, CPHD
Buck is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is an International Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) and a North American Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC).
When he graduated from University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, "sustainability" was a nascent, emergent design strategy. Since then, Buck has been on the teetering edge of environmentally-focused design, seeing it grow from a mere ideology to the guiding universal design principle of our time.
In 2000, Buck broadened his range of interests to include large-scale regional land use planning in the Upper Delaware. He has studied land use law and collaborative governance, consensus building and land use mediation, and ad-hoc regional collaboration at the LULA program offered by the Pace Land Use Law Center, the Consensus Building Institute, and more. Using these skills, Buck has facilitated ad-hoc regional collaborative efforts in the Upper Delaware River region, the Bronx, the mid-Hudson River Valley, and others.
Buck is the Chair of New York Passive House (NYPH), leading the movement to promote the Passive House building standard in New York State and the New York City metropolitan area. He was a founding member of NYH2O, the first nonprofit citizens advocacy group based in New York City dedicated to protecting New York's water resources from the threat posed by fracking. He is a board member of City As Living Laboratory (CaLL), Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, and was formerly on the board of September's Mission, a 9/11 victims families organization.
When not working, Buck served for many years on the board of the Downtown United Soccer Club, providing soccer programs for the youth of Lower Manhattan, has completed 17 multi-day, several-hundred-mile bicycle rides raising funds to support HIV/AIDS related programs and research, and studied the fine art of painting and its relationship to architectural design in NYU’s graduate program. His painted renderings of a Park Avenue penthouse was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Project Architect and Certified Passive House Designer, Remy is building science aficionado, specializing in high-performance and carbon-neutral building design. She achieved her Passive House Certification, shortly after joining the Buck Moorhead Architect team in 2017, and considers herself lucky to have never had the opportunity to practice Architecture any other way.
Projects of note include The Catskill Project, a 25-home carbon-neutral community in Livingston Manor, NY, and surgical deep energy retrofits at the residential, commercial, and institutional scale. Remy is a native New Yorker, a proud Stuyvesant alumnus, and a graduate of the University of Virginia.