NOLA Homes and Lifestlyes magazine puts Julie Babin, TSA 06, AIA on their local design masters list
Julie Babin, AIA
New Orleans first made its way into Julie Babin’s life as a college destination. The Philadelphia native, who planned to attend a university in the northeast, visited Tulane and fell in love. “I thought it was fabulous down here,” says Babin. “It was so different than anything I had experienced growing up.” Babin’s accomplishments at Tulane, where she earned her Master of Architecture, including The John W. Lawrence Travel Research Fellowship and the John W. Lawrence Memorial Medal for Design Excellence. When Hurricane Katrina halted her thesis, she temporarily attended a satellite program in Arizona and then returned to New Orleans. “I felt I needed to stay and help rebuild the city I’d grown to love,” she says. Since 2006, she has been with studioWTA, a full-service design firm with an emphasis on creating buildings that are regionally responsive and sustainable. Her projects run the gamut from single-family homes to universities. She’s currently working on the renovation of a downtown building that has the distinction of being the birthplace of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, as well as a renovation and new addition to a 115-year old building on Tulane’s campus. Earlier this year, she and fellow female coworker, Tracie Ashe, were honored to become partners with studioWTA’s founding architect, Wayne Troyer. “The profession has historically been male-dominated, but it’s changing,” says Babin.