Julia Watson

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Designer, environmentalist, academic and author, Julia is 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 art collector Artur Walther, the owners of PACE Galleries, and the artist Rashid Johnson. She’s held fellowships with Summit REALITY & Pop!tech, 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.