Julia McMorrough is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she teaches in architectural design and representations courses. Julia has over 15 years experience in professional practice in architecture firms in Kansas City, New York, Boston, and Columbus, Ohio, where she was lead designer on a wide range of project types throughout the country, including libraries, academic buildings, and housing. She is co-founder of studioAPT (with John McMorrough), a research and design collaborative that seeks to join the expeditious with the unexpected, through such projects as “Platform for Architecture,” “Makin’ It” (a Situation Comedy about architecture), “Habitat Shift,” and the “400:1 House.”
Julia holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She studied for one year at the Abteilung Bauwesen at the Universität Dortmund (Germany), and received the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, presented by the Boston Society of Architects. With a research agenda that focuses on design and communication of ameliorative architectural ideas to expanded audiences, Julia was primary investigator on the Research on the City projects “Re:Tool-Kit for Detroit” and “The Second City: Chicago’s Funny Urbanism.”
Julia is the author of Materials, Structures, and Standards: All the Details Architects Need to Know But Can Never Find (Rockport Publishers, 2006), with a second edition titled Architecture: Reference and Specification (Rockport Publishers, 2013), and more recently, Drawing for Architects (Quarto Publishing, 2015).