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Julia Jamrozik

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Assistant Professor
MArch, HBA
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Areas of Academic Interest

Architectural Design

Design for Play

Public Spaces

Social Infrastructures

Experimental Preservation

Architecture and Narrative

Architectural Documentation

Domestic Spaces

Education

Year University Degree
2007 University of British Columbia MArch
2001 University of Toronto HBA

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
ASC 401 Design Studio III

Spotlight

Julia Jamrozik is passionate about design and architectural preservation. However, rather than focusing on physical artifacts, she takes a personal approach by examining the impacts of buildings on their inhabitants.

“Through an expanded idea of preservation, we can learn from inhabitants’ personal stories and understand a more social history of buildings,” said Jamrozik. To that end, she co-wrote the book “Growing Up Modern: Childhoods in Iconic Homes,” examining the impact of some of the very earliest and most radical Modernist buildings on their original inhabitants. In her creative practice, Jamrozik looks at interactions between people and the spaces they occupy by working with colour, play and narrative. These tools help her imagine and realize temporary and permanent installations, domestic spaces and “social infrastructures.”

As an educator, Jamrozik emphasizes that design doesn’t occur in a vacuum by stressing the role of historical and contemporary precedents. “I try to convey to my students that design is not about the building itself but about the spaces they’re creating for people,” said Jamrozik. “I want them to think of the work they do from the perspective of those that will use it.”

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"We need to offer students opportunities to be creative, to open their thinking of what architecture and spatial practice can be and the impacts they can have."

  • 2020, Independent Project Grant Architecture + Design Program, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA)
  • 2020, JAE Micronarrative Article Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) & the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE)
  • 2018, League Prize for Young Architects, Architectural League of New York (awarded to Coryn Kempster for collaborative work)
  • 2017, Faculty Fellowship, University at Buffalo, Humanities Institute
  • Herz, Manuel, Hans Focketyn, Ingrid Schröder, Julia Jamrozik, Iwan Baan, and Alexia Webster. African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence: Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia. Park Books, 2015.