About

Since founding the studio in 2013, designer, activist, academic and now author, Julia Watson has been leading the field in search of indigenous technologies for climate-resilient design. Her monograph Lo-TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism, will be published by Taschen in the Fall. She teaches Urban Design studios at Harvard GSD and Columbia GSAPP, while also leading an urban, experiential, and spiritual design practice: Julia Watson Studio. As a designer focused on positively changing our interconnected ecologies, she’s a Director and Co-Founder of A Future Studio. After graduating from Harvard with the highest award for her work on conservation and spiritual landscapes, she’s been widely published and co-authored the Spiritual Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage with Dr. J. Stephen Lansing. Julia approaches design as ‘Rewilding,’ with a portfolio of projects including the UNESCO Reef Resilience Initiative in collaboration with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, private estates with the German-American art collector Artur Walther of The Walther Collection, Marc Glimcher and Fairfax Dawn of PACE Galleries and Marfa Ballroom, and the African-American artist Rashid Johnson. She’s held a Summit REALITY, a Pop!tech, Robert S. Brown Charles Eliot and an Olmsted fellowship, received a Christensen Fund for work in conserving Bali’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and was a Disruptive By Design Ambassador for WIRED. As a previous winner of the New York State Council of the Arts Architecture + Design award, she now judges this grant. Born in Australia, Julia regularly journeys to natural sacred sites across the globe. Formerly Studio REDE, the studio was formed  to counsel the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Education, on the conservation of the Cultural Landscapes of Bali UNESCO World Heritage Site. A new vision for world heritage conservation and sustainable tourism was conceived for the sacred landscape, focused on bio-cultural conservation and livelihood development. This was accompanied by a spiritual guidebook endorsed by the Prime Minister.

Profiles
ARCHINECT | Working Out of the Box series
HUMANS AND NATURE | On Designing Indigenous Landscapes
POPTECH | Poptech Social Innovation Fellow and Speaker
UQ | Alumni Profile from Australian Undergraduate University
Exhibitions
Awards & Honors
SELECTED AWARDS

2019   Panelist | New York State Council on the Arts/ Architecture + Design Independent Projects Panel

2018   Panelist | New York State Council on the Arts/ Architecture + Design Independent Projects Panel

2017   Recipient | New York State Council on the Arts/ Architecture Independent Project Grant

2015   Fellow | Schusterman Foundation’s REALITY: Eden to Zion Traveling Fellowship
2013   Ambassador | Oakley & WIRED Magazine’s Disruptive By Design Campaign
2013   Social Innovation Fellow | Poptech
2013   Recipient | Christensen Fund Conservation of Cultural and Biological Diversity Grant
2012   Fellow | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Robert S. Brown ‘52 Faculty Award
2008   Fellow | Harvard University’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship
2008   Fellow | Harvard University’s Olmsted Scholarship Candidate and Fellowship
2007   Recipient | ASLA Student Honor Award for He Sapa Leadership Academy
2006 
  Recipient | Harvard University Penny White Student Traveling Award

SELECTED HONORS

2019   Speaker | Harvard Landscape Architecture Urban Design Lecture Series Boston
2019   Speaker | Harvard Landscape Architecture Technology Seminar, Boston

2019   Speaker | Columbia Urban Design Lecture Series, New York

2018   Speaker | Columbia Urban Design Lecture Series, New York

2018   Speaker | Cornell University, Fall Lecture Series, Ithaca, New York

2017   Speaker | Future Cities Conference, Kolkata, India
2016   Speaker | RISD Design Theory Lecture Series, Rhode Island
2016   Speaker | Columbia Urban Design Inhouse Lecture Series, New York
2015   Speaker | International Conference on Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York
2015   Speaker | Columbia Urban Design Inhouse Lecture Series, New York
2015   Speaker | Columbia Architecture Inhouse Lecture Series, New York
2014   Speaker | ASLA National Landscape Architecture Month “Global Perspectives”, New York
2014   Speaker | Landscape and Envionment School of Government, Trentino School of Management, Italy 
2014   Speaker | Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Fransisco
2014   Speaker | XX International Conference o fthe Society for Human Ecology, Maine
2014   Speaker | Queensland University of Technology Guest Speaker, New York
2014   Speaker | RISD Design Theory Lecture Series, Rhode Island
2013   Speaker | Singapore Heritage Science Conference ‘Heritage Science as a Complex System’ NTU
2013   Speaker | Pop!tech ‘Sparks of Brilliance’ Social Innovators Conference, Maine
2012   Speaker | Complexity and Governance Workshop, “Bali Cultural Landscape” NTU, Singapore
2012   Panelist | New Museum’s Ideas City, What MOCA Can Do panel, New York
2012   Speaker | Pop!tech ‘Towards Resilience’ Social Innovators Conference, Maine
2011   Speaker | CCNY Graduate Lecture Series, New York
2011   Speaker | Columbia Urban Design AAD Lecture Series, New York
2010   Speaker | Columbia University, Advanced Architectural Design Studio, New York
2008   Speaker | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, DD Studio, New York
2007   Program Representative | Harvard GSD: Admissions Open House, Boston
2001   Speaker | RMIT University: Mesh Conference 2001 - Infrastructure as Landscape, Australia
2001   Speaker | Riversymposium 2001 with D. Anderssen, H.Mackay, J. Petrie, & J. Watson, Australia
2001   Speaker | Rivers as Urban Landscapes Conference with J. Watson & H. Mackay, Australia
2000   Speaker | IFLA Annual Meeting, Australia

Publications
SELECTED BOOKS

Lo–TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism, TASCHEN, 2019

Water Urbanism: Kolkata Spring 2017
Abstract: Columbia University Annual 2017
Abstract: Columbia University Annual 2015
K. Shannon & B. De Meulder (eds), “Water Urbanisms as a Way of Life” in Water Urbanisms East (Zurich: Park Books, 2014)
J.N.Watson, ‘Landscape Architecture without Landscape Architects’ in IFLA 50th World Congress Published
Proceedings, (New Zealand: IFLA, 2013)
J. Watson, ‘Landscape Architecture without Landscape Architects’ in ACSA Subtropical Cities Conference
Proceedings, Fall 2013.
J.S. Lansing & J.Watson, Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage (Jakarta 2012)
J. S. Lansing & J. Watson, ‘Cultural Landscape of Bali’ in World Heritage of Indonesia (Jakarta, 2012)
A. Guiney & B. Crain (eds), By The City / For The City (London: Multi-Story Books, 2011)
A. Saunders (ed), ‘Newly Sacred Shaker Landscape’ in Material Manifestations, (Troy, NY: RPI, 2011)
M. Kubo (ed), View 2008 (Cambridge: Harvard, 2008)
W. Thompson (ed), ‘Student Awards’ in Landscape Architecture Magazine, (October 2007, p. 55)
A. Heighes (ed), Studio Works, (Cambridge: Harvard, 2007)
C. Steinitz & C. Werthmann (Eds), An Alternative Future for the Landscape of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo,
Spain: Foro Civitas Nova, 2007)

SELECTED JOURNALS

N. Kirkwood (ed), ‘Sacred Innovation’ in Nakhara Journal (Vol.12 Oct, 2016).
UQ Architecture: Summer ‘16 Profile (online)
Streetchat SFA: Summer ‘16 Profile (online)
Minding Nature Journal: January ‘16 Feature (online)
Archinect Feature: Working out of the Box (online)
J. Watson, ‘Brisbane River Expressways as Landscape Urbanism’ in KERB, (Issue 10, 2001)

Jobs
There are no current job openings available.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CURATED

NYC | Columbia University End of Year Show | Urban Design Studio  Spring 2019

NYC | Columbia University End of Year Show | Urban Design Studio  Spring 2018

NYC | Columbia University End of Year Show | Urban Design Studio  Spring 2017
NYC | Columbia University End of Year Show | Architecture Studio  Spring 2015
TROY | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Browns Fellow Exhbition | Bali World Heritage  Fall 2013
TROY | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Open House Exhibition  2012

CONTRIBUTED

NYC | COLLAPSE Climate, Cities and Culture, Global Design NYU, New York  2018
NYC | Columbia University End of Year Show | Urban Design Studio  Spring 2017 
NYC | Columbia University End of Year Show | Architecture Studio  Spring 2015
NYC | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Browns Fellow Exhbition | Bali World Heritage  Fall 2013
SINGAPORE | Nanyang Technical University (Art Design and Media)  Summer 2013
TROY | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Open House Exhibition  2012
TROY | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Smart Geometries Exhibition  2012
NYC | By The City/For The City Competition Urban Design Week Launch Party  Fall 2011
NYC | Gowanus Lowline Competition: Connections Selected Works  Fall 2011
TROY | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Accreditation Exhibition  2010 
BOSTON | Harvard Graduate School of Design Design Blindspots 2050 with Visionarc  Spring 2010
BOSTON | Harvard Graduate School of Design Platform Graduating Students Exhibition  2008
BOSTON | Harvard Graduate School of Design, Studioworks Castilla-La Mancha  2007
BOSTON | Harvard Graduate School of Deign, Studioworks Pte Oyate Academy  2007
SINGAPORE | Design Blindspots 2050, Design 2050, 2009 ICSID World Design Congress  Fall 2009
BRISBANE | Landscapes of the Sacred, Queensland University of Technology  2001

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