Designer, activist, academic and author, Julia Watson is a leading expert on indigenous nature-based technologies. Her unconventional practice led to research, writing, and design projects inspired by pilgrimages to indigenous sites, while her formal education led to teaching positions at Harvard, Columbia, RISD, and Rensselaer universities. Julia’s work has been widely published in journals such as SPOOL, Topos Journal, and the Indigenous Peoples and Climate Technologies Guidebook.
In 2019, her award-winning book, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, published by Taschen became a bestseller. Coined by Julia, Lo— TEK has been featured twice in The New York Times, The Guardian, Monocle, and Architectural Digest and many more publications. Julia is a Long Now Speaker, has a TED talk, has spoken on NPR public radio, and received a Christensen Fund grant, an Arnold W. Brunner award for Architectural Research, and two New York State Council of the Arts Architecture + Design awards. Her studio work involves landscape architecture, urban design, writing, public speaking, and futures consulting for the sustainability & innovation sectors.
Julia lives between Brooklyn, NY and Springs, Long Island with her family and their dog Rigby.