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 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 design; "stick-built" and prefabricated construction; energy retrofits and long-term phasing studies.
We are a small studio with a wide and growing range of trusted partners. Learn more about us below.
Buck Moorhead, Architect and Principal
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 hippie 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 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 Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, City As Living Laboratory, and New York Passive House. He 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. One of his painted renderings of a Park Avenue penthouse was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Laura Carter, Architect and Project Manager
Architect, project manager, building science nerd, and spreadsheet aficionado, Laura has been part of the Buck Moorhead team since 2011. She's passionate about making beautiful buildings of superb technical quality and minimal environmental impact.
Prior to moving to New York, Laura studied urban geography and Spanish at DePaul University in Chicago, where she also participated in the DePaul University Wind Ensemble. She started her architectural career as the office manager of Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, is a 2006 graduate of Archeworks, Chicago's Alternative Design School©, and earned her LEED Accredited Professional certification in 2007.
Laura joined BMA after earning a Masters in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and became a Certified Passive House Designer in 2014. She enjoys the constant challenges of Passive House design, the satisfaction of a well-managed project, and the groove of a good team.
Remy Moorhead, Associate Designer
Before joining Buck Moorhead Architect in 2017, Remy worked with two large-scale Architecture and Real Estate Development firms, focusing primarily on the design and development of new construction in New York City. She also has experience in the environmental non-profit industry, where she worked to bridge the gap between the sciences and the arts to make issues of sustainability more intelligible through artist-initiated public works projects.
Remy achieved her Passive House Designer certification shortly after joining BMA in 2018. Her career focus is high performance, net zero carbon, and net zero energy building design.
Remy graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with a concentration in Design-Thinking. This distinguished degree explores a new approach to design which puts research and human experience at its center. The result is a more holistic approach to design, in which simple solutions are built to address and execute across the entire ecosystem of complex design problems.