Julia Watson

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Julia Nicole Watson is an Australian landscape architect with a design practice in New York City. REDE (Studio for Research and Design) explores design as an agent for ecological activation. Her interests focus on the symbiotic nature of sacredness and ecological sustainability within the indigenous landscapes of ecosystem dwellers. This Spring, she became an Interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having previously taught graduate design studios and eco-technology seminars at Harvard and Columbia Universities.
As a thesis Instructor she explores emergent bio-cultural conservation principles in the design of productive landscape systems. She also teaches a seminar titled Indigenous Landscape Systems, exploring indigenous ecosystem adaptation and eco-innovation, a sub-branch of human ecology theorized as Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
She received her Master in Landscape Architecture II, Post Professional Degree from Harvard, graduating with distinction and receiving the highest honors of the landscape department. Julia completed her undergraduate studies in architecture and planning, continuing onto graduate studies in landscape architecture in her native country of Australia. With over ten years professional experience, she has lived and practiced in several countries including the USA, Spain, United Kingdom and Australia.


Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture with distinction
University of Queensland University, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Architecture and Planning