Over the past several weeks we have been lucky enough to introduce our new six board members. We are pleased to say that we have another person joining our board bringing our total up to seven new board members for this year. We would like to introduce you to her.
Julia Williams Robinson, a registered architect, has written journal articles, chapters and reports that cover a wide-ranging subject matter including architectural theory, design methods, sociocultural factors, and architectural pedagogy. She is presently working on a new book, What's So Special about Dutch Housing and Urbanism that she began as a Metropolitan Design Center Fellow in 2006-7. The book reflects her study of contemporary Dutch architecture since 1999, including seminars, semester-long studios in the Netherlands, and especially the M-Term trips she organized for students and professionals in 2007 and 2008.The book describes and analyzes innovations in contemporary housing and urban design in the Netherlands, exploring the reasons for its quality, and the potential and limitations for implementation in the United States.
Julia is an architecture professor at the University of Minnesota, and will represent the architecture department on GMD's advisory board. Her educational background consists of a B. A., (Arch. Major) from the University of Minnesota in 1968, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota (with distinction) in 1971, a M.A., Anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and a PhD, from Delft Technical University, the Netherlands in 2004.
In addition to her scholarly work, Robinson has displayed watercolors in several exhibits, most notably a solo exhibit "Near and Far" held at the Architecture Library in 2007.