Trudy Watt

Trudy Watt

Philadelphia, PA, US



Trudy Watt is an architectural designer living in Philadelphia, PA who locates her practice at the intersection of architecture, landscape, fiction and the city. She earned her B.S. Architecture with highest distinction from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M. Arch from Princeton University's School of Architecture. She has designed residential gardens, crafted couches in the shape of clouds, florally delighted brides, given bike and segway tours of Chicago, enjoyed time on stage, schematized residential renovations, made up stories and done a lot of dancing. A lot of dancing.



Ennis Nehez, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Manager / Architecture

Staff designer for this lively East Falls office housed in a magnificently renovated neighborhood church, designed by the office. The burgeoning array of projects in the offices include residential interiors, renovations and new construction.

Hired as a freelance designer in October 2013 to help complete the renovation of a historic Chestnut Hill residence. Quickly grew into the role of Project Manager on both interior and architectural projects.

After one year, created and assumed the role of Senior Project Manager to accurately describe staff management, business development, marketing, design project management duties and ongoing contribution to the growth of the firm.

Typical project management load of 5+ active projects in various design and construction phases ranging from single room interior renovations, to a private landscape design to restaurant build-outs to major residential renovations and additions.

Oct 2013 - current

Canno Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Staff Designer / Architecture

Hired to contribute to and complete a high-profile Center City restaurant build-out already underway at the firm. Duties and project responsibilities expanded to include several urban residential projects and a small, private landscape design.

Sep 2013 - current

Princeton University School of Architecture / Professor Paul Lewis, Princeton, NJ, US, Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor for introductory level architectural design studio, ARC 204, taught by Paul Lewis.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Princeton University School of Architecture / Professor Jeffrey Kipnis, Princeton, NJ, US, Assistant Instructor

Assistant instructor for Jeffrey Kipnis' introductory architectural theory class entitled 'What is an Architectural Idea?'

I teach two classes per week. The students lead these sessions with discussions on course lectures and assigned readings and I supplement with short lectures and provoking questions. The students also participate in a class blog (started by myself and a teaching colleague), which you can view at:

Aug 2012 - Jan 2013

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Research Assistant

Summer research position in which I assisted Professor Papapetros with preliminary research of a rare manuscript collection, book references and illustrations and also some copy-editing.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Studio Hillier, Princeton, NJ, US, Architectural Intern

Summer internship, during which I handled a small residential renovation project in the town of Princeton, NJ. I carried the project from site analysis through to schematic design, producing all as-built drawings as well as a set of design proposals.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

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

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

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

Research assistance and drawing production for a forthcoming publication on interior urbanism in Chicago, IL.

Dec 2010 - Aug 2011

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

Provided all manner of design production assistance to the design staff of this established Chicago area landscape architecture firm. Assisted in all phases of project development, from site analysis to final presentation - managing orthographic representation, rendering and project administration along the way. Also responsible for several small residential projects as project manager.

Mar 2007 - Jun 2011


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

Graduation expected in June 2013.

Aug 2011 - current

University of Illinois at 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.


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