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Julie Chen

Adjunct Professor; Woodshop and Digital Fabrication Lab Manager


College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.4279 HJG W114B Personal Website

BFA, Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Julie Chen is a studio professor in the Department of Architecture at UHart's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, as well as the Digital Fabrication Lab and Woodshop manager for the department. In these roles, she draws on her early career as an architectural designer and model maker, namely as the head in-house model builder for the Boston-based firm, Payette (the 2019 AIA Architecture Firm of the Year Award winner). At Payette, she built countless models, and mentored and instructed interns. Most recently, she is a 2019 recipient of the Gordon Clark Ramsey Award for Creative Excellence for Adjunct Faculty by the university, for her initiatives in teaching 3-dimensional comprehension and spatial cognition through physical models.

In addition to her work in academe, she is a designer and artist. Highlights include having been the Graphic Designer for the Connecticut Science Center, building its visual brand from small scale to large, as well an installation artist for the Trashion Fashion show at City Hall in 2016. Julie continues to combine both her architecture training and studies in interdisciplinary art into various projects in the northeast.

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary design
  • Collaborative environments
  • Design thinking and creativity in the workplace
  • Rapid prototyping and digital fabrication in education
  • Mental Rotation and 3D Cognition

Community Organizations

  • Association of Professional Model Makers
  • HartfordAdobe User Group
  • Connecticut Art Directors Club
  • 4Cs, SEIU 1973