Julia Czerniak
Professor; Associate Dean

B.S. Landscape Architecture, Penn State; Research M.Arch, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow; M.Arch, Princeton University

Julia Czerniak is a Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University where she teaches architectural studios as well as seminars on landscape theory and criticism.  Czerniak is educated both as an architect (Princeton University, M. Arch 1992) and landscape architect (Pennsylvania State University, BA 1984).  Through her design practice, CLEAR, and most recently as the former inaugural Director of UPSTATE: the SOA’s Center for Design, Research and Real-Estate, her research and practice draw on the intersection of these disciplines.

Although the techniques, scales and products of her research vary, Czerniak’s work focuses on the physical and cultural potentials of urban landscapes.  Recent projects advance landscape as a protagonist in the remaking of formerly urban cities, from a series of public space interventions along a derelict creek to ecologically and spatially rich streetscapes for a newly planned campus of Syracuse University, including a new campus entrance along the Dineen College of Law.  Her collaborations on complex urban projects include the winning competition schemes for the Syracuse Connective Corridor, artNET Public Art in Toledo, Ohio; and the Pittsburgh Charm Bracelet.  As Professional Advisor for Movement on Main: Designing a Healthy Main Street, Czerniak foregrounded the potential alignment of public health and new forms of public space.

Czerniak’s work as a designer is complemented by her work as educator and writer, which in all cases advances design as a way to enable new ways of seeing and being. Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) and Case: Downsview Park Toronto (Prestel and Harvard Design School, 2001) focus on contemporary design approaches to public parks and the relationship between landscape and cities.   Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013) examines potential futures for shrinking cities. Other writings include essays in Landscape Infrastructure (Birkhauser); Landscape Alchemy: The Work of Hargreaves Associates (ORO Editions); Fertilizers: Olin Eisenman (Institute for Contemporary Art); Landscape Urbanism (Princeton Architectural Press); Assemblage 34 (MIT Press,) and Harvard Design Magazine 36.  Czerniak lectures and teaches internationally.

Grants and Awards

  • Mayor’s Institute on City Design, East Regional Session, Fall 2014  
  • 2012 Arts and Architecture Alumni Award, Spring 2012, Penn State University, Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Community Associates Fellow, Fall 2011 
  • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Fall 2010  
  • Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Fellowship Award, Syracuse University, Spring 2008

The J.B. Jackson Book Prize, for Large Parks, Spring 2008

Winner, The Young Architects Forum, Spring 2000
Sponsored by The Architectural League of New York.



  • Editor, Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013)
  • Editor, Large Parks (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007)
  • Editor, CASE: Downsview Park Toronto (New York: Harvard University Graduate School of Design & Prestel, 2001)


  • “As-Built: Elevating Engagement Work” Third Coast Atlas (Barcelona: Actar, Fall 2015) submitted
  • “La Villette and its Afterlife” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the History of Architecture, David Leatherbarrow and Alexander Eisenschmidt, eds. (New Jersey: Wiley & Sons, Spring 2015) submitted
  • “Liquid Assets: Landscape, Water and Urban Change” American City “X” (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, Fall 2014
  • “Landscape’s M.O.” Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2013
  • “Critics on Criticism: Landscape Work” Harvard Design Magazine 36, Landscape Architecture’s Core? Fall 2012
  • “Foregrounding” Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA (Basel: Birkhauser, 2010) 20-23)
  • “Accumulations” Urbanisms of Color, New Geographies Vol. 3, fall 2010 (Harvard University Graduate School of Design)
  • “Agency by Design” Hargreaves: The Alchemy of Landscape Architecture (Philadelphia: ORO Editions, 2009) 164-169
  • “Doing More with Less” Lab Report: Phoenix Urban Research Lab (Phoenix: ASU College of Design, 2008) 40-47
  • “Introduction / Speculating on Size” Large Parks, Julia Czerniak, ed. (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) 16-31
  • “Legibility and Resilience” Large Parks, Julia Czerniak, ed. (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) 214-251
  • “Landscape’s Architectural Logics: the Eisenman/Olin Projects” Fertilizers: Olin Eisenman (Philadelphia: Institute for Contemporary Art, 2006) 10-19
  •  “Appearance and Performance” CASE:  Downsview Park Toronto, Julia Czerniak, ed. (New York: Harvard University Graduate School of Design & Prestel, 2001) 12-23
  • “Looking Back at Landscape Urbanism:  Speculations on Site” The Landscape Urbanism Reader, Charles Waldheim, ed. (New York: Princeton Architectural Press 2006) 105-123; Also in Proceedings:  88th ACSA Annual Meeting (Los Angeles: 2000)
  • “Challenging the Pictorial:  Recent Landscape Practice” Assemblage 34 (MIT Press: February 1998)


  • Measuring Influence:  James Corner & the Search for a Discipline, Review of The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010, James Corner and Alison Bick Hirsch, editors (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) in Landscape Architecture Magazine, September 2014, Vol 104, no 9, 136-142.
  • Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape, Mohsen Mostafavi, Ciro Najlo, ed., (London: Architectural Association, 2003) and Delta Primer: a field guide to the California Delta, Jane Wolff(William Stout, 2003) joint review in Journal of Architectural Education, 2005 May, v.58, n.4, p.64-66

Administration and Service

Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture, Syracuse University, 2014-
Director, UPSTATE, Syracuse Architecture, Syracuse University, 2007-2012