Julie Parrett

Julie Parrett is a Senior Lecturer of Landscape Architecture in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington and a practicing landscape architect in Seattle. She has over twenty years of experience integrating professional practice, teaching and advocacy.  She has taught multiple design studios focused on the urban public realm at both the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania.  Recently, she taught a studio entitled, “Restructuring for the Future City,” which explored both the design potential of the public realm and the policy, governance and organization needed to support it in developing innovative scenarios for the future of cities in terms of economic vitality, environmental sustainability and cultural equity.  Julie sits on the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board, served for five years on the Seattle Design Commission, and for four years on the Seattle Public Art Advisory Committee.  As Co-Founder and Design Director of the People’s Waterfront Coalition, she developed an award-winning proposal for re-envisioning Seattle’s downtown waterfront without the Alaskan Way Viaduct into a dynamic water’s edge of integrated uses:  recreation and event spaces, commerce, multi-modal transportation corridor, stormwater and utilities and a functional shore ecology.  Previous to her advocacy work with PWC, Julie was a principal with Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture where she served as the project manager for the Olympic Sculpture Park and was a Senior Associate with James Corner / Field Operations where she managed such projects as the winning entry to the Fresh Kills Landfill to Landscape International Design Competition, Staten Island, NY and a comprehensive redevelopment plan for 11 square miles along the North Delaware Riverfront in Philadelphia.  She holds a MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and was a Fellow with CHORA Institute of Architecture and Urbanism in London.