Julia Watson

Julia is an Australian born lecturer and landscape designer living, teaching and practicing in New York and Los Angeles. She teaches in the Urban Design program at Columbia GSAPP having previously taught at Harvard University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Graduating with the highest distinction of the landscape architecture department at Harvard University as both a Charles Eliot and Olmsted Fellow with a specialization in the conservation of living landscape eco-technologies and the preservation of sacred cultural space, she founded her design practice Studio Rede in 2013. Studio Rede is a design and conservation collaborative that works with governments, non-profits and private clients to bring sustainable design thinking to culturally and ecologically sensitive landscapes.

Julia’s research is a uniquely focused global study of the ancient innovations and largescale living systems of local communities. She is currently working on her first book for the ‘Innovations in Infrastructure’ Urban Design book series. She’s also co-author with Dr. Steve Lansing, of a spiritual guidebook titled, ‘Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage. Tri Hita Karana: Cultural Landscape of Subaks and Water Temples’.

Prior to her life in the US, Julia worked in Australia and the UK in private practice for 8 years. She has worked with the Parklands at Roma Street Collaborative (PARC), which came together to design the largest public works project in Australia; with a high-end residential design and build practice for Lord Randle Siddeley in London; with John Mongard Landscape Architect on Australia’s premiere Ecovillage; and with Context on various large scale industrial, waterfront, parkland, reclamation and residential developments in Sydney. Other collaborations include W Architecture and Landscape Architects, Toshiko Mori Architects (VisionArc) and Carlos Ferrater’s OAB (Office for Architecture Barcelona).


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6851‑1 Spring 2018
Urban Design Studio III
Kate Orff, Ziad Jamaleddine, Laura Kurgan, Nora Akawi, Geeta Mehta, Julia Watson, Dilip da Cunha
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6 :30 PM, F 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Full Semester
9 Points