Anat Soudry is an Israeli-born architect, founding principal of Anat Soudry Architect, and a Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Anat began her architectural career as a designer and project architect specializing in residential redevelopment in the New York metropolitan area. There, she began crafting her expertise and passion for finding solutions for complex projects.
After several years in the Israeli air force, Anat returned to her childhood passion, and studied architecture at the Tel Aviv SADNA College of Architecture and Design. Upon graduating, Anat moved to New York to continue her studies at Pratt Institute where she received her Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree.
Before founding Anat Soudry Architect, Anat worked on the renovation and conversion of the Plaza Hotel in NYC, an award-winning, non-for-profit supportive housing development for Common Ground in the Bronx, the Summit JCC synagogue expansion in Summit, NJ, as well as many high-end residential projects in the heart of New York City. Anat is now a registered architect in both NY and NJ states.
What inspires you?
Architecture affects both our conscious and unconscious, which is why people’s aspirations and how spaces move them is a big influencer in my designs. Observing habits, future needs and how different exposures and materials evoke different feelings. This together with how natural light travels into a space inspires me in everything I do. As Louis Kahn once said, "The sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made."
What do you think is the current challenge in residential architecture?
Extreme weather, flooding, power outages—all of these are becoming more and more frequent.
Basement and cellar spaces that used to be dry are now occasionally filling in with water and water leakage is becoming more frequent. When renovating existing buildings it is hard to address all these issues because the foundations and slabs are already in place. Going forward, understanding the water table fluctuation and the flood plain and the grading of the surrounding space will take center stage.
What will people be surprised to know about you?
During my time in the Israeli air force I trained as a meteorologist and later worked for a news channel as a weather forecaster. I am fascinated with weather and still analyse it in my free time. This stems from growing up in a hot climate (without an HVAC system). I was always conscious of the difference in temperature between south and north façade exposures, the finishes, furniture materials and colour choices, the front and backyard plantings - essentially all of the elements that had a huge impact on our comfort level and wellbeing in addition to aesthetic design choices.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
There will always be something new in every project you will ever design.