When working with Julia, you are instantly aware of her thoughtfulness and sensibility of the personal experience of each project. This careful attention to scale and detail is unforgettable. It’s engaging, true to the context, and manifests itself in every area of the project.
Julia is presently immersed in the design of the Gaylord Palms Expansion outside of Orlando, Florida, which features an addition to the existing convention center, hotel and resort, increasing the total property square footage by nearly 400,000 sf. Her focus has been the design for the convention center expansion while simultaneously designing the brand-new guestroom prototype for the Palms property. A connection to place is at the forefront of Julia’s designs, emphasizing local art and materiality in each project. This emphasis brings forth a unique design solution and embodies relevance and respect for the local context. Creating unforgettable experiences is a key component to the way we approach projects at BLUR and has been one of the reasons Julia has had such an integral role in each of her projects. Her recently completed renovation to the Hilton Nashville is perfect example, deeply ingraining Nashville’s music heritage in every detail of the project. Other recently completed works include the Gaylord Texan Expansion, the Chateau Elan Golf Clubhouse and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Ballroom renovation.
Before joining BLUR, Julia graduated from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture & Design and then began her career in Nashville, TN working on senior living design. Outside of the office, Julia enjoys biking, hiking, and expanding her knowledge of interior design through visiting local restaurants and art festivals. She is also heavily involved with BLUR’s marketing effort and annually participates in the firms recruiting effort at the University of Tennessee.
photography by Raftermen