Julia Walker is Assistant Professor of Art History at Binghamton University, specializing in modern and contemporary architecture and theory, and she has also taught at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She has published essays on the architects Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, and Zaha Hadid, among others. Her current book project, Officially Contemporary: State Architecture in Berlin after 1990, examines the ways in which Berlin's post-reunification building boom has resurrected and reformulated key modernist forms and theories in unexpected ways. Ultimately, she argues that what is on view in the “New Berlin” is the uneasy negotiation between the techniques and procedures of present-day statecraft on the one hand and those of a globalized contemporary architectural practice on the other—with the legacy of architectural modernism playing the crucial role in that negotiation.
Her work has been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Society of Architectural Historians.