resiliency = sustainability. thread’s commitment.

thread collective’s commitment to building a low carbon, resilient and sustainable world has been a core principle since our inception, and is at the heart of our design process. We see our role not just as architects but as visionaries and leaders to help transform design, and collective thinking to create buildings and environments that will support a more just, creative, and resilient future.

thread collective works at a wide range of scales; specifying non-toxic interior finish materials to detailing energy efficient building envelopes to systems thinking in urban landscapes. It is the intersection, and integration of these scales of design where we find the most successful sustainable advancements for our clients. Incorporating a sustainable design process from the outset of a project ensures a cohesive well thought out building with well integrated systems, achieving maximum efficiencies without sacrificing aesthetics.

The decision making process is one of the most challenging aspects of resilient and sustainable design. thread collective’s skills as educators brings a deep understanding of how to situate problems, clarify issues, and broaden discussion through design, informing our clients to help them understand and select the best solutions.

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy brought devastation to New York City, but we also look at it as an opportunity, bringing an awareness to NYC residents about resiliency that will hopefully lead to a better policies, smarter building practices, and sustainable landscapes. While resiliency is the word of today, thread views our work in this field not as a way to bounce back, but as a way to think forward. thread collective has been involved since the day after the storm to help NYC recover and build a more resilient=sustainable cityscape; working with the Urban Green Council’s Building Resiliency Task Force to make recommendations to City Council on transforming the NYC Building Code, Governor Cuomo’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program in Red Hook to help create a resilient neighborhood plan, and Pratt Institute’s Recovery Adaptation and Mitigation Program (RAMP).

Over the past decade we have worked with many experts in the field, beta tested cutting edge design tools and navigated agencies to help our clients achieve our common sustainable goals : Sefaira, NYSERDA, the Energy Star Program, LEED and Passive House.

thread collective is member of the following organizations that support our commitment to resiliency=sustainability :

+ the Urban Green Council, local NYC chapter of the USGBC.
+ New York Passive House
+ Achitecture 2030 Challenge + the AIA 2030 Commitment

Elliott Maltby, principal

Elliott believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of the urban environment; she is particularly interested in how an ecological framework can support both architectural and landscape thinking. Working in academic settings and within a collaborative design firm,  she is actively engaged in the dialogue of theory and practice. In addition to her work in landscape architecture, she has worked as an architectural designer over the last ten years, and brings a commitment to careful detailing and expressive materiality. Her work has appeared in number of magazines, among others, Art in America, LandForum, and ArchRecord. For 5 years Elliott worked with Mary Miss, one of the most influential public artists working today.
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Gita Nandan, principal, RA / LEED AP

Ms. Nandan believes in sustainability as a holistic and supple design approach, integral to all aspect of design and construction.  She is at the forefront of sustainability in New York, having served in various roles to help shape public policy, most recently board co-chair of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Red Hook Community Committee ; member of the Homes Committee for Urban Green Codes Task Force (2012); and the Building Resiliency Task Force (2013). Gita further puts her beliefs into practice as an architectural educator, currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts where she teaches the Green Infrastructure Studio, Sustainable and Resilient Existing Building Design and thesis. Gita received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, an accredited LEED professional and Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistant.
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Mark Mancuso, principal, RA

Mark Mancuso is interested in the ambiguity of architectural environments, the transition where spaces overlap through permeable edges, the concurrence where architecture allows for coincidental possibilities and varied experience. He has overlayed this philosophy with a pragmatic knowledge of building code and detailing in his 16 years experience in the design of cultural and residential buildings. With a unique skill set that combines both artistic abstraction and engineering precision, Mark can conceive a building that is both beautiful and buildable, seeing the “big conceptual picture” and the minute details simultaneously. Prior to founding thread, Mark worked for Eight Inc. in San Francisco. He has received a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and is a New York State Registered Architect.
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WBE Certification

The firm is certified as a women-owned business enterprise (WBE) by New York City, and New York State.   Please find official certification here.

LEED Certification

Gita Nandan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and active member of the Urban Green Council.  thread collective offers LEED certification to clients who want to establish a deeper commitment to sustainability and provide third party guarantees to their projects.  With over 15 years in sustainable design thread offers an integrated approach to achieving LEED, from strategic planning to interior detailing, bringing issues to the forefront of a project from day one of the project.

+ TroutHouse, LEED Homes Gold, awarded 2013
6,000sf mixed use, home to thread collective’s offices

+ E7 Residences, LEED NC Silver target, under certification review
6,000sf condo building

+ BCUE, LEED – CI Gold, project put on hold
16,000sf non-profit headquarters

+ Packard Square Residences LEED NC Silver target, under certification review