ACME Passive

ACME Passive is committed to mitigating climate change through building design and construction. We are dedicated to the creation of buildings that meet the rigorous standards for low energy consumption as developed by the Passive House Institute. Our goal is to work with clients and community to support and promote those standards through thoughtful design.


We offer a variety of services relating to the achievement of this goal.


Our pre-designed model homes offer an economical and fast jumping-off point for new construction projects; the majority of the design work is already complete and we can tailor these models to the specifics of your site.


We provide construction management and project management services, facilitating the implementation of designs developed by our sister studio, ACME Architecture. We manage the development of the construction budget, site development process, filing and permitting, material selection and ordering, and coordination of contractors and subcontractors.


ACME Passive offers a complete range of Passive House and energy-related consulting services that can be applied to almost any type of project—new or existing, young or old, single or multiple occupancy, etc.


Finally, custom Passive House design services are specifically tailored to guide a project from start to finish. From site selection and preliminary design ideas to detailed retrofits of existing projects, we love the challenges that accompany real-world customization and detailed specificity.

ACME Architecture

ACME Architecture provides professional architectural services that may be required by the project.  If one chooses to purchase one of our pre-designed house plans, Acme Architecture can evaluate that plan within the context of the site and climatic conditions where it is intended to be constructed, and, if required, adjust the R-values of the thermal envelope, as well as window configurations to meet Passive House standards. 

If a custom house is desired or there is an existing structure intended to be renovated,  Acme Architecture can provide the full range of services, including architectural programming, schematic design, design development, coordination of requisite engineering, and development of construction documents.


Buck Moorhead


Buck founded this firm in 1984. 

1976: Graduated from University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. 

1976-1979: Worked with Frank Folsom Smith and Partners in Charlottesville, Virginia, primarily on housing and the execution of a planned-unit development. 

1979: Buck traveled for most of the year, living in Barcelona, studying the works of Antonio Gaudi and sketching extensively, and later in California, Oregon, and Washington, studying sustainable communities.

1980-1983: Proposition - Architecture, P.C. primarily on the conversion of existing commercial buildings in Lower Manhattan to residential lofts. 

1980’s: Buck studied the fine art of painting and its relationship to architectural design in NYU’s graduate program.  

1989: Painting exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989.  

2000-Present: Working with the Visioning Committee of the Upper Delaware, focused on preserving the Upper Delaware region while promoting sustainable growth. 

2006: Founding partner of Building Consensus for Sustainability, a firm providing consensus building and land-use mediation services.

Board member: September’s Mission, a 9/11 victims’ family fund developing the 9/11 Living Memorial; Downtown United Soccer Club, a recreation soccer league serving over 1000 children in Lower Manhattan.

Buck is an avid cyclist who has completed twelve multi-day, several hundred mile fund-raising rides over a twelve-year period in support of AIDS-related services.



Laura Carter


Laura joined Buck Moorhead Architect in 2011.

Prior to earning her masters degree, Laura worked as the office manager of a small architecture firm in Chicago.  She comes to Buck Moorhead Architect with strong interests in sustainable design, project management and responsible land use.  

She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2007 and looks forward to furthering her knowledge of sustainable building practices in the challenging urban context of New York City.

Laura is a 2006 graduate of Archeworks, Chicago's Alternative Design School ©.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in urban geography from DePaul University and a Master of Architecture from the Pratt Institute.



Eve Lefebvre MacDougall


Eve joined Buck Moorhead Architect in 2013.

Eve earned her B.Sc. in 2003 and Masters in Architecture in 2004 from the University of Montreal.  She has been a Registered Architect in Canada since 2009 and a Certified Passive House Designer since 2013.

Eve has worked consistently in NYC and Montreal architecture firms on an array of residential, institutional and commerical projects ranging from existing building retrofits to ground-up constructions.  Eve's design skills, paired with several years of experience on various job sites, have benefited her sensitivity to design details and refined her approach towards comprehensive deisng and architectural planning.  

Eve is active in the local Passive House community.  She is fluent in French and English.