Julie Larsen
Associate Professor

B.S., Arch, University of Illinois; M.Arch, Columbia University

Julie Larsen is co-principal of APTUM, founded in 2003, a design office based in Switzerland and the USA. She and her partner are actively involved with small scale built work and award-winning competitions. Their work was showcased in recent exhibitions in Chicago, SMOCA in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sam Fox Gallery in St. Louis, the Museum of the City of New York, and Set Gallery in Brooklyn. The firm’s work has been published extensively in online forums: Bustler, Archinect, ArchDaily, Interni, MONU, Oculus, Architecture Lab, WeHeart, and Frame, Chicago Sun Times and the New York Times. They recently were awarded a Merit Award in the Project Category at the New York Chapter of AIA (American Institute of Architects), for ‘Mi’Raj’, the design for the Central Mosque Competition of Prishtina, Kosovo.

They have collaborated with world-renowned contemporary choreographer, Tere O’Connor, to design a temporary roof structure for ‘Cover Boy’ that premiered at the Danspace Project in New York in 2011, Jacob’s Pillow Dance in 2013, and recently at Cornell University in 2014. They are currently working with an international concrete company, CEMEX, to develop and design new fabrication techniques using high-performance concrete technology. They are interested in testing the material’s capacity to fabricate vertical surfaces with 1 CM thick walls and will be producing a 10’ x 10’ installation in concrete in Fall 2015. 

Julie has been a lecturer at the University of Michigan and at the ETH in Zurich under the Chair of Marc Angelil, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. She has been a guest reviewer at the ETH, Columbia University, Washington University, and University of Michigan. In 2011, Julie was awarded the prestigious fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire for a 6-week speculative research project based initially on Tony Garnier’s series of drawings for cite Industrielle. She was also recently awarded the annual $20,000 Rotch Traveling Studio Award for 2012 with her ‘Manufactured Landscapes’ studio to fund a trip to Tokyo, Japan for her and 16 students. The studio analyzed Tokyo as a test bed to grapple with climatic uncertainties and think opportunistically about how port cities similar to Tokyo can fuse infrastructure and environmental strategies to formulate new ‘infra-tectural’ prototypes.

Buildings and Projects

  • ‘Cover Boy’ Performance by Tere O’Connor Dance, 2011
  • Gowanus Lowline Competition, 2nd Place, 2011
  • 10UP Atlanta Competition, 3rd Place, 2011
  • Network Reset Competition - Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace, 2nd Place, 2011
  • Dance Laboratory 1 + 2, 2009-2010
  • ANCI Creative Award, ‘Out of the Box’, 2nd Place, 2010
  • Flip-A-Strip Competition, 3rd Place, 2008


  • Greatest Grid Exhibition, Museum of the City of New York, NY, 2011
  • Gowanus Lowline Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY, 2011
  • Stress Test Solo Exhibition, Washington University Sam Fox School, 2011
  • Architecture of Crisis Solo Exhibition, 2009
  • Flip-A-Strip Exhibition, 2008

Grants and Awards

  • Rotch Traveling Studio, Foreign Travel Grant Recipient, 2012
  • MacDowell Colony Residency, 2011
  • Student Sustainability Committee, University of Illinois, Grant Award: $58,000, 2009
  • University of Illinois Research Board, Design-Build Mobile Rehearsal Dance Space, Award: $12,455, 2008

Lectures and Papers

  • 2011 Academic Chairpersons Conference, Co-Author, Orlando, Florida, 2011,  ‘Building Sustainable Spaces through Collaborative Partnerships’
  • IJAS Conference, Co-Author, ‘Architecture of Crisis’, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2010
  • The Joint Symposium of IAPS-CSBE&HOUSING Networks, Co-Author, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009, ‘Revitalizing Built Environments: Requalifying Old Places for New Uses’


  • Plym Booklet - Kenneth Frampton, University of Illinois, Co-Editor, 2012
  • LW Magazine, Gowanus Canal Competition and Network Reset Competition Results, 2011
  • New York Times, Claudia Rocco, ‘Tere O’Connor’s Cover Boy’, 11.14.2011
  • INTERNI, ANCI Creative Awards, November Issue 2010. P. 52

Administration and Service

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, 2008-12
  • Assistant (Junior Faculty), Marc Angelil, ETH, Zurich, 2007-08
  • Lecturer, University of Michigan, 2003-07