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Julia Ingalls

Julia Ingalls

Culver City, CA, US

 

About 

Julia Ingalls is primarily an essayist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Salon, Dwell, Guernica, The LA Weekly, The Nervous Breakdown, Forth, Trop, and 89.9 KCRW. She's into it. 

Julia's Featured Articles on Archinect

"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space, Fri, Jul 31 '15

If the current exhibition at Los Angeles’ Architecture + Design Museum was titled by a sarcastic person, it would be called "Work/Life Balance: Pshaw!" As it is, the infographic-laden collection of vinyl banners loosely mounted to stacks of brown boxes, co-organized by Gensler and ...

 

Upstarts: Design, Bitches, Wed, Jul 22 '15

As the name suggests, Design, Bitches is a synergy of creativity and earthiness. Combining a refined sense of order with playful humor, the Los Angeles-based firm founded by Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph distills the splendor of urban chaos in their graphic branding, art projects, and ...

Upstarts: Design, Bitches
 

A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture, Fri, Jul 10 '15

The sun never sets on Gensler. One can visit their website and watch in real time as the bell curve of night fails to shadow all 46 of their office locations. Founded in 1965 by M. Arthur J. Gensler Jr., the firm has grown to employ over 4,500 people in 16 different countries. It’s the kind ...

A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture
 

What's the hottest new job in architecture?, Thu, Jun 25 '15

Architecture: it’s not just glue gun burns and x-refs anymore. In an industry known for playing canary in the employment coalmine, architecture is once again experiencing a hiring boom. Additionally, thanks to changes in technology, both in design software and in the more general way people ...

What's the hottest new job in architecture?
 

Don't Be a Tool: Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment, Thu, Jun 18 '15

One must be smarter than the tools one is working with, but what exactly does that mean in a profession that increasingly relies on software initially developed for the aerospace industry? How important is it for a student to master Rhino or REVIT versus the intrinsic philosophy of great design ...

Don't Be a Tool: Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment
 

Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries, Thu, Jun 11 '15

Social media has been accused of being many things: a time-waster, an intelligence-leveler, a privacy-invader. However, in the field of architectural employment, social media has oddly become a kind of virtual worker’s union, helping to expose unethical hiring practices. A recent leaked ...

Is Twitter the architectural intern's unofficial labor union? Exposing the reality behind unpaid internships across borders and industries
 

10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees, Thu, Jun 4 '15

Management is not a science; it is an art. Maximizing the effectiveness of a studio is not about implementing broad strokes out of a Step-by-Step guide, but rather requires understanding the nuances of performance, environment, and long-term goals. These ten suggestions serve as a starting point ...

10 Ways Architectural Employers Can Maximize the Effectiveness of Their Employees
 

What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired, Thu, May 28 '15

Putting together a portfolio for a job application is practically a design commission in of itself. What projects should be included? How should they be presented? Most importantly, what does the compendium of work say about you, the applicant? After speaking with employers, we discovered that the ...

What should be in your portfolio? Firms tell you what they're looking for and how to get hired
 

Looking Hot in a Tight Market: How Firms Successfully Attract Job Applicants, Thu, May 21 '15

Employers, we’re not trying to hurt your feelings, but be honest: Does your company seem like an attractive place in which to work? Thanks to a robust post-recession job market that favors employees, job seekers now have a variety of choices when it comes to finding an employer. This means ...

Looking Hot in a Tight Market: How Firms Successfully Attract Job Applicants
 

Stop the presses: Paul Goldberger's take on critical relevance in the social media age, Wed, May 20 '15

In architecture, the rise of the 21st century media landscape has created connective tissue where none used to exist: the day-to-day work of architecture used to be relatively obscure, and now it is spotlighted and deconstructed regularly. The most successful architects are not those who shun this ...

Stop the presses: Paul Goldberger's take on critical relevance in the social media age
 

There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?, Thu, May 14 '15

Seven years ago, in the grips of recession, finding employment in architecture was akin to a treasure hunt: there were cryptic clues scattered across a wide geographical area, but for many actually finding the job was simply too time-consuming and difficult. Recent graduates threw up their hands ...

There are tons of architecture job openings these days. Why aren't you hired yet?
 

How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes), Thu, Apr 30 '15

April 25th’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has razed entire villages, severely disrupted basic infrastructure, and is responsible for the loss of over 5,000 lives. According to The Guardian, the death toll may rise to as many 10,000 people. Unfortunately, in the wake of natural ...

How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)
 

UpStarts: Martha Read Architects, Fri, Feb 20 '15

Founded in 2012 by former literature student and obituary writer Martha Read, UK-based Martha Read Architects is the distillation of multiple cultural sensitivities, honed over decades of teaching, writing, and working globally.UpStarts is a series of features on the foundations of ...

UpStarts: Martha Read Architects
 

Pop Cultitecture: The Genius of David Byrne, Wed, Feb 4 '15

Unlike those architects who long to be thought of as artists, Byrne is an artist who loves to thinks about architecture. Like the deadpan docent of the infrastructural realm, David Byrne's work has inadvertently helped make architecture into a pop culture staple. While his commentary may not ...

Pop Cultitecture: The Genius of David Byrne
 

UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design, Mon, Jan 12 '15

In a country infamous for its one time zone and countless architectural knock-offs, Four O Nine's success is startling and original. UpStarts is a series of features on the foundations of contemporary practice. It will have a global reach in which practices from Europe, North ...

UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design
 

UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design, Mon, Dec 8 '14

When it comes to sustainable design, it seems like most firms skew either green but boring, or exciting but radically inefficient. Paul Michael Davis Design in Seattle, WA handily straddles this schism, creating visually compelling, sustainable designs at an affordable cost. Founded in 2009, in ...

UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design
 

Material Witness Finale: What Apocalypse Is Made Of, Thu, Dec 4 '14

Western civilization has never been particularly adept at dealing with death, which is perhaps why its own eventual collapse is such a source of cinematic fascination. 

Material Witness Finale: What Apocalypse Is Made Of
 

Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design, Mon, Nov 17 '14

For many, "experimental" is the kindly euphemism for "unrealized crap." In conceptual fields like architecture, it's easy to call up dozens of flashy-looking, ultimately failed experiments disguised as ideas. This is why Jimenez Lai is arguably one of the most remarkable ...

Jimenez Lai: Storyteller by Design
 

Material Witness #6: The Interstitial Blues, Wed, Oct 29 '14

So you've spent the last few decades ducking who you are, or what you do for a living. Nobody's perfect. But try to steer clear of the interstitial spaces, because that's where fate is gonna getcha. 

Material Witness #6: The Interstitial Blues
 

Material Witness #5: Cultural Gerrymandering, Fri, Oct 3 '14

We are hemmed in as much by the physical as the psychological.

Material Witness #5: Cultural Gerrymandering
 

Material Witness #4: Writing on the Wall, Tue, Sep 16 '14

In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role. Like a cartoon thought bubble, signage is a tangible manifestation of how a character feels, yet it also encourages the audience to read between the etched lines.

Material Witness #4: Writing on the Wall
 

Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less), Fri, Aug 22 '14

Love is the universal tether that binds kings to paupers and geniuses to fools. Perhaps this is why audiences are endlessly fascinated by psychopaths, serial killers, and other characters who seemingly live without love.

Material Witness #3: Windows to the Soul(less)
 

Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in "Mad Men" and "Suits", Fri, Aug 1 '14

In an era when corporations are people, people are increasingly the figureheads of corporate emotion.

Material Witness #2: Lighting the path of self-destruction in
 

Material Witness: Insanity in the walls of "True Detective" and "Twin Peaks", Fri, Jul 11 '14

What is the line between sanity and insanity? Specifically, what is the material?

Material Witness: Insanity in the walls of
 

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