Julia F. Martin, AIA, LEED AP has been practicing architecture since graduating from Virginia Tech with a Master of Architecture degree in 1998. Previously she had engaged in such varying endeavors as an early year abroad (Rotary International Exchange Student to Recife, Brazil), public service (VISTA/Americorps volunteer in rural North Carolina), international higher education (Associate Professor of English at the Autonomous University of Barcelona), and an indepth study of European culture, history, and languages (B.A. Furman University, including foreign studies in Spain, Belgium, and the British Isles). Now married to a Venetian, the richness of global encounters continues to inform her approach to design here in Charleston. She enjoys collaborating with the city's numerous departments, boards, and organizations during the design process, and she finds meaningful solutions to the complex design issues that inevitably arise in this historic urban environment that so merits our deep respect.
Julia currently serves on the City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review.
‘While steeped in academic training, I truly enjoy the practicality of this profession. I enjoy the prospect of relating to clients and collaborators of all stripes in an effort to create designs and buildings that are far better than they have to be. And while I relish the rare opportunities that I get to work with flexible budgets and minimal regulation, I'm equally committed to projects that come with numerous 'strings attached'. Often these parameters actually demand more creativity and result in solutions that bring satisfaction to a large number of people.
Consistent among my professional priorities are urbanism, historic preservation, and environmental responsibility. I listen carefully to my clients, and I always try to exceed their expectations and to recognize the unique opportunities that each project presents.'