All divisions and TERRE-formative operations were founded by Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova in 2006.
After having completed his PhD at MIT and achieving emeritus status from a series of luminary architectural
offices (I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie), Mitchell founded the group with Maria, a fellow graduate from
Harvard. Our unique name was derived from the combination of the words: "terre" (earth, soil) and "reform"
(rebuild, reconstruct, recreate). The original use of the term "terraform" in planetary engineering was a
process of transforming the atmosphere to create a more habitable living environment. Instead of a
contrived copy of the earth elsewhere, as the definition of "terraform" commonly implies, we seek to reform
the earth in place. Our intention is to repair the atmosphere of our world by fostering designs that reform the
current pollution causing global trends.
Terreform ONE is the winner of the following awards:
Official Selection of the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2014 and OfficeUS Outpost of
the American Pavilion.
Architizer A+ Award for Architecture + Communication, Bio City Map of 11 Billion.
American Institute of Architects New York, Urban Design Merit Award for; Urbaneer Resilient Waterfront
Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award for Urbaneering Brooklyn, in the Design for the Real World Redux
International Design Competition sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural
Forum NY, and the Museum of Arts and Design.
Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity for the project, New York City Resource & Mobility.
Infiniti Design Excellence Award, History Channel City of the Future competition.
The Future of New York City 2106: MOVIE. All volunteers directed by Dr. Mitchell Joachim.
Certificate of Incorporation: View our NY Dept. of State letter
IRS Tax Exempt Status: View our 501c3 Letter of Determination
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): Trademark certificate
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Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit design group that promotes smart design in cities.
Through our creative projects and outreach efforts, we aim to illuminate the environmental possibilities of
New York City and inspire solutions in areas like it around the world. We are a unique laboratory for
scientists, artists, architects, students, and individuals of many backgrounds to explore and advance the
larger framework of socio-ecological design. The group develops innovative solutions and technologies for
local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water.
These solutions are derived from the interface of design, science, engineering and synthetic biology.
The organization is structured into five divisions:
1. Terreform ONE Architecture Urban Research Center.
2. Terreform ONE Lab School for Design and Science.
3. Terreform ONE Prize Annual Juried Competition.
4. Terreform ONE Global Fellowship Program and Research Journal.
5. Terreform ONE Event Building, Community Outreach and Exhibition.
Architecture Group for Smart City Design, Ecological Planning, and Art.