Studio Luz Architecture and Urban Design

Our Studio

In Boston

Studio Luz is a collaborative, forward thinking practice that strives to link responsible design and sustainable construction with built material expression. We value collaborative relationships and aim towards an inclusive way of working together.

Strategic Collaboration

Welcoming & Genuine

We understand that architecture is a collective enterprise. As such, we routinely organize strategic collaborations between our clients, fabricators, engineers, building contractors, and community stakeholders to achieve project goals. We work with our clients to balance project budget, function, aesthetics, and sustainability without compromising on quality.

An inclusive way of working

Nurturing Innovative Ideas

We embrace a strong and inclusive team approach and through this are able to tap into the full richness of architectural practice, nurturing innovative ideas into constructed reality. By investing in sustainable and innovative concepts, finding inspiration in popular culture, promoting local craft, and thinking through abstraction, we transform traditional spaces into remarkable and refreshing environments.


Founded by principal partners Hansy L. Better Barraza, AIA, LEED AP and Anthony J. Piermarini, AIA in 2002, the work of Studio Luz Architects has been widely recognized with the practice receiving numerous international honors and awards.

Meet Co-Founder


Hansy L. Better Barraza, AIA, LEED AP

Meet Co-Founder


Anthony J. Piermarini, AIA

Awards & Recognition

Local, National and Global

Studio Luz’s work has been widely recognized, receiving honors including the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award, a Progressive Architecture Award, multiple Boston Society of Architects and AIA Design Awards, the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architect’s Award, and the Chicago Athenaeum’s American Architecture Award.

Certified & Licensed

NCARB Certified

Studio Luz Architects is NCARB certified and licensed to practice in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, and Rhode Island. We pride ourselves in being a Massachusetts and Rhode Island Minority & Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Small and Local Business Enterprise (SLBE). Studio Luz is also certified by the United States Green Building Council.

BR+A+CE & NonProfit

Social, Economic & Cultural Issues

Hansy and Anthony are co-founders of BR+A+CE: Building Research+Architecture+Community Exchange, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit founded by artists and designers to create new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues facing communities around the world.

Work at Studio luz Architects

Careers & Internships

Interested in joining our team at Studio Luz Architects? Please write to us at with a cover letter, resume, and your portfolio. Unfortunately we’re not able to respond to every inquiry. But we will contact you if we would like to continue the conversation.