Julia Czerniak

Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean and Professor, Syracuse University

Julia will speak on the second of September on the subject: Large Parks Trending

Czerniak is educated both as an architect (Princeton University, M. Arch 1992) and landscape architect (Pennsylvania State University, BA 1984). Through her design practice, CLEAR, and most recently as the former inaugural Director of UPSTATE: the SOA’s Center for Design, Research and Real-Estate, her research and practice draw on the intersection of these disciplines.

Although the techniques, scales and products of her research vary, Czerniak’s work focuses on the physical and cultural potentials of urban landscapes. Recent projects advance landscape as a protagonist in the remaking of formerly urban cities, from a series of public space interventions along a derelict creek to ecologically and spatially rich streetscapes for a newly planned campus of Syracuse University, including a new campus entrance along the Dineen College of Law.

Czerniak’s work as a designer is complemented by her work as educator and writer, which in all cases advances design as a way to enable new ways of seeing and being. Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) and Case: Downsview Park Toronto (Prestel and Harvard Design School, 2001) focus on contemporary design approaches to public parks and the relationship between landscape and cities. Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013) examines potential futures for shrinking cities. Czerniak also lectures and teaches internationally.