I'm Julie. I am a licensed, professional landscape architect pursuing a graduate degree in urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia.
From almost the first moment I heard about landscape architecture, I have been in love with it. The profession incorporates so many of my passions: the great outdoors, environmental science and ecology, gardening, native trees and plants, and (especially!) design.
Now that I am adding planning to the mix, I have even more to discover and apply. Planning encompasses my curiosity for the complex issues that affect life in cities: from social justice to neighborhood health to transportation and sustainable systems. I love design; now I have the chance to explore the many external factors that affect designs. Necessarily, landscape architectural design always occurs at a particular place with a particular community in a particular environment. I see my planning degree as a chance to better understand the complexity of cities to become a more enlightened designer.
My areas of professional interest include community and family centered design, urban design, sustainable design and development, healthcare and therapeutic design, parks and recreational design, and urban and community gardening, with a permaculture influence. I have previous professional experience at the Natural Learning Initiative, where I designed outdoor environments to spark curiosity and a love for nature in children who use them. I assisted and led many design projects including parks, nature centers, schools, child care centers, and gardens.
I am passionate about design through landscape architecture and planning. In my professional career I hope to create beautiful outdoor environments that make a positive difference in the daily lives of people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. Please take a look around, explore my work, and get in touch if you have any questions or if you are interested in working with me.
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