Julia Kwolyk

Julia Kwolyk

LEED Green Associate

Julia joined the VMDO in June 2015 as a member of the K12 team. She came to architecture by way of music. Having played the violin and sung for the majority of her life, she is sensitive to sound, composition, and detail. Her love of music, history, psychology, and environmental science, fused to create a passion to study architecture. Before earning her M.Arch from UVa, she spent several years teaching English to international students in Boston. This was a very valuable time for learning creative methods of communication. She is very passionate about teaching and it will be a lifelong avocation.

Julia focused her architectural studies on historic preservation and design for physical and mental health. She does ongoing research on the psychology of ornament and pattern, as an avenue for assessing modernism’s obliteration of ornament and contemporary design’s indifference to scalar hierarchy. Additional research on biophilia and Maggie Centers in the UK have taught her the importance of sensory connectivity to one’s environs.


Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, 2015

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Furman University, 2007


Original Mount Vernon High School Revitalization