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Julie Chen

Adjunct Faculty; Woodshop and Digital Fabrication Lab Assistant Manager

Architecture

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
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Education

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


Julie Chen is an adjunct studio professor in the Department of Architecture at UHart's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, and the department’s brand and content manager. Previously, she had been 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) and her time working in marketing at the Connecticut Science Center. 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. Chen also serves as the faculty advisor for the Women in Architecture and Design (WAD) student organization.

In addition to her work in academe, she is a designer and artist. Highlights include the forthcoming “Heartford Swing” for the Hartford Business Improvement District’s “Make A Thing” public art initiative, building the visual brand of the Connecticut Science Center from 2013 to 2016, as well the art installation for Trashion Fashion in the atrium of 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 and art
  • Collaborative environments
  • Design thinking and creativity in the workplace
  • Rapid prototyping and digital fabrication in education
  • Mental rotation and 3D cognition
  • Memory and memorialization in culture

Community Organizations

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