Louise Harpman is a principal at Specht Harpman, an architecture and design firm with offices in New York and Austin, Texas. With 20 years of experience, Louise has led teams in programming, project development, and design for public, institutional, and private residential projects. Before founding Specht Harpman, she worked as a designer at Eisenman Architects and Buttrick White & Burtis Architects. She also worked as a project manager for the City of New York in its Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development.

Louise is an Associate Professor at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and also teaches at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a founding member of Global Design NYU and is a co-author of Global Design (Prestel, 2014). She taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin, Yale School of Architecture, and University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. Throughout her teaching career, Louise has led many community-based public design projects, including work with the the Alley Flat Initiative, the Blanco Library, the Austin Children's Museum, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and the Austin Fire Department.

Louise received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University and received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the Janet Cain Sielaff Prize.

Recent Awards 

  • 2015 HGTV Fresh Faces of Design
  • 2015 Ocean Home, Top Coastal Architect Award Winner
  • 2014 Best of HOUZZ 
  • 2013 Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Finalist
  • 2013 Architizer A+ Award Winner
  • 2013 Moffly A-list Award Winner 
  • 2013 Custom Home Magazine Grand Award 
  • 2013 Remodelist/Gardenista ‘Considered Design’ Award Finalist

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