is an urban designer and author who writes about urban form and the changing landscape. She combines a planner’s perspective with a designer’s sensibility to illustrate the built environment and the processes that shape it. She is the author of Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, and co-author of Visualizing Density, and Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas.
Julie has developed innovative graphic techniques to help people understand the relationship between design concepts and actual urban environments. Her most recent book, Made for Walking, uses hundreds of photographs, montages, maps and diagrams of North American neighborhoods to illustrate the types of urban form that make sustainable transportation possible. She writes, conducts workshops, and lectures throughout the country on the topics of walkability, density, housing, sustainable transportation, and green infrastructure.
Her Burlington-based practice, Terra Firma Urban Design, specializes in town design, land use analysis and site planning for affordable housing, emphasizing the infilling of existing neighborhoods. As a consultant to Vermont non-profits, state agencies, and municipalities, she helped steer development toward a more efficient and contextual pattern.
Her research on land settlement patterns has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she served on the faculty. Julie holds a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College, an MLA from Cornell University, and was a 2009-2010 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.