Julia Smachylo

Julia is an urban planner, designer and DDes Student. Her research at the GSD looks at how cities are tied to their surrounding territory, in investigating how industry and ecology are resulting in specific spatial forms of urbanisation. The project looks at the cultural value associated with these spaces, as well as their ability to support new intermediary markets with the potential to transform a region, both in defining new ecologies and urban growth models, and in investigating the way in which edge industries are becoming key economic strategies for growth.

Julia has an undergraduate degree in Urban Geography from Queen’s University, a Master of Science in Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Toronto. Julia has worked as an urban planner and designer in both London and Toronto. Her professional experience and research interests have focused on regional planning, revitalization strategies, and waterfront resiliency planning, as well as urbanism and architecture in Arctic Canada. In summer 2014, she was deputy curator of the Canadian exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture entitled Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 with Lateral Office. In parallel with this exhibition, she was a primary researcher in the development of the publication entitled Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory.  For the past 2 years Julia was an instructor in the Planning Department at Ryerson University for both the first and third year urban planning studio course.  

jsmachylo@gsd.harvard.edu 

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Julia in a patch of trilliums outside of Port Perry (Ontario, Canada).