PRACTICE IN NEW YORK CITY
In its New York City practice, the firm’s knowledge of code, zoning and administrative procedures empowers them to become strong advocates for their clients. The firm has extensive experience in loft conversions, building legalization, air rights, zoning analysis, landmark approvals and securing permits for public assembly as well as obtaining financial incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to help offset the cost of energy efficient technologies. The firm’s experience allows them to identify potential pitfalls early in the design process, integrating code and zoning requirements seamlessly into the design process and maximizing the benefit to the client.
Paul A. Castrucci Architect occupies a first-floor studio in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Over the past decades, Mr. Castrucci has been actively involved in the community and its development. He has guided architectural conversion of hundreds of housing units in the neighborhood and built living and working spaces for artists. He has long been an advocate for energy efficient design, and is now leading the design and construction for the first commercial Passive House in NYC—the community arts facility for the group ABC No Rio. He has also designed R-951, New York City's first building to have both Passive House & Net Zero Ready certifications.
PAUL A. CASTRUCCI, ARCHITECT
Mr. Castrucci is a registered architect in New York City with over thirty years of experience in sustainable practices with a focus on residential buildings, arts facilities and community centers.
His entire body of work reflects a personal commitment to sustainability in design and construction. The materials and building systems he employs are selected for their low environmental impact and maximum energy efficiency. His belief is that buildings can employ both passive and active strategies to generate energy and significantly reduce energy use. His projects typically incorporate systems like passive and active solar heating, photovoltaic electricity generation and schemes for natural day lighting and ventilation.
Mr. Castrucci's work also reflects a strong sense of social responsibility. The design of each of his projects reflects the culture in which it is situated. While engaged in the life of a neighborhood, he shapes structures that are sympathetic in aesthetics and scale to surrounding structures. He has designed and renovated over a thousand dwelling units throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan, many designed specifically for low income residents and the homeless.
In addition, Mr. Castrucci is an accomplished curator, sculptor and blacksmith. He previously served as the director and curator of the Lower East Side art spaces: A & P and Bullet. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Dia Art Center, Franklin Furnace and Exit Art. He completed a large-scale public art installation "Tower/Icons/Wall" at Creative Time's series "Art on the Beach" in 1988. He has custom designed and fabricated steel elements for installation within several of his architecture projects.
Mr. Castrucci holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology. He has received support grants and awards from the AIA New York Chapter, Passive House institute in the US, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Time, Art on the Beach and Public Art Fund.
Additional Team Members:
Asok Thirunavukarasu, Annie Sullivan Chin, Anna Jaffe, Spencer Malmad, Vera Voropaeva, Aimee Meazle