Trudy Watt

Trudy Watt

Philadelphia, PA, US



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Trudy Anne Watt is a design leader cultivating equitable access to well-being through advancements in architecture, civics and organizational strategy. Her work in education, non-profit and private organizations seeks to expose traditionally cloistered knowledge, programs and benefits to a diverse community, building on a foundation of critical history to evoke an inclusive and robust future for all. 



PennDesign - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Lecturer

Graduate studio with Thom Mayne

Sep 2018 - current

City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, US, Election Board Majority Inspector; Ward 46 Division 02

Elected to a 4-year term as Majority Inspector November 2017.

Nov 2017 - current

Waxwood, Philadelphia, PA, US, Founding Principal

Waxwood cultivates equitable access to well-being through advancements in architecture, civics and organizational strategy.

Feb 2015 - current

Philadelphia University College of Architecture and the Built Environment, Philadelphia, PA, US, Adjunct Professor

Aug 2015 - Jun 2018

Thomas Jefferson University, MEDstudio@JEFF, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, US, Co-Director of Research and Senior Fellow

(02. 2017 - 01. 2018)
Co-Director of Research
Senior Fellow in Emergent Design and Creative Technology in Architecture & Medicine

(01. 2016 - 12. 2016)
Visiting Design Fellow
Project Manager for THE BEACON

Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Graduate studio with Jimenez Lai

Aug 2016 - Dec 2016

Ennis Nehez, Philadelphia, PA, US, Senior Project Manager

(01. 2014 - 11. 2015)
Senior Project Manager + Designer

(10. 2013 - 01. 2014)

Oct 2013 - Nov 2015

Canno Design, New York, Staff Designer / Architecture

Sep 2013 - Mar 2014

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Researcher

Teaching assistant for studio and theory classes (Professors Paul Lewis and Jeffrey Kipnis, respectively).

Researcher for Spyros Papapetros

Aug 2012 - Jun 2013

Studio Hillier, Princeton, NJ, US, Architectural Intern

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Bureau Spectacular / Jimenez Lai, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Ensign (Intern)

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture, Chicago, IL, US, Research Assistant

Dec 2010 - Aug 2011

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., Wilmette, IL, US, Design Assistant

Mar 2007 - Jun 2011


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - Advanced Standing

Teaching Certificate

Aug 2011 - Jun 2013

University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, B.S. Architecture

Aug 2008 - Jun 2011


Stanley J. Seeger Summer Fellowship, Other

This fellowship funded my participation in the 2012 summer design workshop, 3rd Athens Workshop: Reclaiming Eleonas in Athens, Greece.


Full Tuition Fellowship // Princeton University Graduate School, Scholarship

Full tuition fellowship for the duration of graduate study, 2011 - 2013.


Nancy Gislason Award: Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention

Honorable mention and award for Seeds, Year End Show, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture, Spring 2011.


Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Merit, Other

Awarded upon graduation from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, June 2011.


Netsch Scholarship, Scholarship

Awarded March 2011 for excellence in architectural academics.


Undergraduate Talent Tuition Scholarship, Nomination

Partial tuition scholarship, awarded four consecutive semesters between 2009 and 2011, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture.


Areas of Specialization