Julia Grinkrug is an architect and urban designer with over ten years of professional experience. Being a design lead and project architect at one of the leading architectural firms in Israel, Schwartz-Besnosoff LTD, she worked on projects that run the full range of scales, from residential and mass housing, institutional and commercial buildings to urban design. Among them are the internationally acclaimed and award winning Campus Library at Kinneret College (built 2010, National Design Award, 2011), Technion Student Residence “Graduate Village” (built 2009, National Design Award, 2012), and “CPC Electronics” Headquarters (built 2008).
Exploring the various fields of design practice, Julia has teamed with other architects, ecologists, landscape architects and conservators to develop design competition proposals, some of which has achieved high awards. Among them the International Competition for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2002, second place, with LoT Architects, Tel Aviv & F451, Spain), Shfeya Quarry Ecological Regeneration (2005, second place), Rosh Pina Historic District (2011, adopted as a Conservation Master-Plan by the Antiquities Authority of Israel).
Julia holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (2010); and Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (2002). Her academic experience includes serving as a program developer at the Technion, Haifa and teaching design studios, including thesis project, and seminars in architectural history and theory of the late 20th century. She has received a TF Excellence award (2012) and was chosen by students as the Faculty Member of the Year (2013).
Her research interests focus on the role of architectural agency in the political and cultural development of cities, in particular – the intersection of architectural knowledge and planning-legislative mechanisms in assessing and defining the public realm and cultural values of cities.