In spite of over a decade as architecture columnist and critic for The Wall Street Journal, the unstructured world of living things has always tugged at Julie’s heart and mind. And so she has now turned to building up her knowledge, feeding her curiosity and writing about the complicated relationship between humans and animals, and how it can be made much better for all. To that end, she is currently enrolled in Hunter College’s Animal Behavior and Conservation MA program and Canine Cognition Center, and thrilled to join the team at the Animal Defense Partnership.
From 2007 – 2012, she was executive editor of The Architect's Newspaper, an award-winning newspaper and web source. She spent 1993 to 2005 at The New York Times writing on design, culture and architecture. Her pet column, “Petropolis” (2000-2003) for the style section was an early endeavor to portray the exponential upgrades in the lives of urban pets, covering topics from advanced medical care for aging animals to therapy dogs in the aftermath of 9/11.
So far her books have all been about design, including Civic Action (The Noguchi Museum, 2012); Modern Americana with Todd Merrrill, (Rizzoli, 2008); Louis I. Kahn’s Esherick House (Wright, 2008); Michael Graves: Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books, 2002); Guggenheim: New York/Bilbao (Princeton Architectural Press), and New York in Fifty Design Icons (Octopus Publishing/London Design Museum). Hopefully, forthcoming titles will get outside to take a closer look at the essential place of animals in the world we share with them.