Julia Nagele

5.19.21

Julia delivered the Commencement address for the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2022 ...

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Seattle Architect Raises LGBTQ+ Voices

KING5 News 6.2.21

Seattle architect Julia Nagele says being different presented some challenges growing up, but was an asset in her career.

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Mover & Shakers: Julia Nagele is an architectural icon in a male-dominated industry

Seattle Refined 3.24.21

From an architecture student to Director of Design at Hewitt (as well as being a professor, mother and wife), Nagele’s journey towards becoming one of the most influential female architects in Seattle has been a serendipitous one

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Episode #52: Give Yourself Permission to Choose Your Own Path

Layers of Design 3.20.21

Join Layers of Design’s Sketch it out Podcast as they have a conversation with Julia Nagele, principal and the director of design at HEWITT. She will be sharing her experience in the architecture and design field, being a leader in her practice all while we sketch the Barcelona Pavilion.

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A Conversation With Julia Nagele, The Architect Behind Seattle’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower The Emerald

Forbes 3.4.21

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month and to discuss this exciting tower, Nagele spoke exclusively with Forbes on what makes The Emerald so special, being a part of the LGBTQ community and more.

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Episode #42: Leading by Example at the Top of Your Career + Connecting the Dots w/ Julia Nagele

Studio Chats Podcast 3.11.21

What is it like to be a Director of Design, a Principal of an Architecture firm & teaching a studio at a major university? We were so curious too! We are very excited about today’s studio chat with Julia Nagele! Today’s chat is all about leading by example, connecting the dots in your career path, the synergies between leading a design studio and teaching one, along with fostering an inclusive environment!

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Episode #358: Leadership Lessons with Julia Nagele

Business of Architecture Podcast 3.3.21

The Business of Architecture podcast continue honoring the women in architecture in today’s interview with architect Julia Nagele. Nagele is making her mark on the Seattle skyline, currently leading the design of her second high-rise tower in the city while working at Hewitt, at which she is a Principal and the Director of Design. In this interview, you’ll discover the skills Julia feels are essential for firm leaders, as well as her approach to winning the right commissions.

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Episode #11: Seattle Growth Podcast

Seattle Growth Podcast 2.22.21

King County Executive Dow Constantine discusses navigating the pandemic and the future of King County. Julia Nagele, Principal and Director of Design for the architecture studio at Hewitt, discusses the urbanization of Seattle and how the pandemic economy has affected her business.

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Episode #47: Design Leadership with Julia Nagele

Design Voice Podcast 1.20.21

In this episode, Julia tells the story of how a chance encounter in Rome led to her moving to Seattle. Julia shares how her career transitioned from an ebbing and flowing path to a clear trajectory upward, and gives some great advice on how to become a Designer at a firm. We also talk about how there are no shortcuts to being innovative or creative, and what it’s like to be on a Wikipedia list of the tallest buildings designed by women.

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A Seattle Skyscraper’s Rise Helps Shatter a Glass Ceiling

Seattle Met 12.21.20

A new 40-story condo building owes much of its design to Julia Nagele, one of few women in the world to shape such a tall tower.

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mama tower

This downtown residential tower uses a refined material palette and a series of carefully considered rooftop outdoor rooms to bring respite to residents while stitching seamlessly into the surrounding urban fabric.

ABOUT the project

Mama Tower’s design approach was influenced by the site’s location in the urban downtown core of Seattle where the at-grade experience focused on accommodating pedestrian and bike circulation in a high density setting. Adjacent to the Second Avenue bike path, a primary bike route through downtown, the streetscape was organized to maximize clear circulation to accommodate heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic while softening the entry experience with hardy, robust planting and street trees. The front entry connects with a porte-cochère through to the alley, allowing for “eyes on the street” and a safer, active alley.

Three roof terraces  – one on the Baby tower, and two on the Mama tower – offer a series of refined spaces of urban respite for residents and their guests. Outdoor rooms for relaxation, play, pets, and gathering are nestled into a planted landscape, creating spaces of buffered privacy while highlighting stunning Puget Sound views.

ARCHITECTURE PROJECT