Julia Gamolina is dedicated to the built environment and the visibility and advancement of the women who shape it. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online destination, Madame Architect. Thus far, Madame Architect has told the stories of over 300 architects and designers – including Frida Escobedo, Neri Oxman, Dorte Mandrup, Deborah Berke, Odile Decq, and Pritzker Laureats Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara – as well as CEOs, publicists, journalists, business strategists, counsel, and more.
Trained as an architect herself, Julia stays grounded in professional practice as an Associate Principal and Business Development Director at Ennead, where she focuses on the educational, cultural, and healthcare markets nationally. In the same vein, Julia is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, teaching a graduate level Professional Practice Seminar on the history and the practices of the profession.
In 2021, Julia was named one of Apartment Therapy’s Design Changemakers and one of Commercial Observer’s Top Young Professionals. In 2019, she also received the Special Citation from AIANY for her work with Madame Architect. Her writing has been featured in Fast Company, A Women’s Thing, Metropolis Magazine, Architizer, and the Architect’s Newspaper. In addition, Julia is on the AIANY Oculus Committee, a member of the Design For Freedom Working Group, a membership committee member of ULI NYC’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, and a member of Brick & Wonder and the Female Founder Collective.
Julia has also been featured in Architectural Record, ArchDaily, Archinect, Architizer, reSITE, and the Architect’s Newspaper, and has served on juries for the 2019 World Architecture Festival and the DNA Paris Design Awards, as well as as a media critic for the AIA Dallas Built Design Awards. She was also featured in Autodesk’s documentary, “Voices of Change: Women in Architecture and Design,” alongside Martha Thorne, Brinda Somaya, and Francesca Perani.
Her speaking engagements include lectures at Harvard, Columbia, Yale, UPenn, Pratt, the IE School of Architecture and Design, Georgia Tech and more. She has served as a guest critic for design reviews at Cornell AAP, Columbia GSAPP, and the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Julia received her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University, graduating with the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for exceptional merit in the thesis of architecture. She is based in New York City.