Watt, Trudy

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Trudy’s roots in architecture, landscape and urban design configure her current research and design work cultivating equitable access to well-being through collaborative advancements in design, healthcare, and civics. Her work both in academia and in practice highlight narrative and experience as critical and often underestimated elements of process in an increasingly data-driven world, with a particular focus on populations and places whose stories have been marginalized.

In alliance with healthcare professionals and researchers, Trudy’s work to uncover a hybrid professional practice that leverages the site-sensitive analytical skills of designers with emerging research around the social determinants of health expands architecture’s role as a constituent part of an alternate vision for our healthcare system. Her work in this area began as the first Fellow in Emergent Design + Creative Technology in Architecture + Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and continues at SARUP with a focus on the future of aging in the built environment.

Currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Trudy has also taught in the architecture departments at Princeton, Columbia GSAPP, Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience includes Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Bureau Spectacular, Studio Hillier and Ennis Nehez before co-founding Waxwood, an architecture and design research studio in Philadelphia, in 2015.

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MArch Princeton University, 2013
BS in Architecture, University of Illinois – Chicago, 2011

Research Focus

Architectural + Landscape Design
Urban Design
Health Equity
Architectural Diplomacy
Design Speculation
Design Entrepreneurship

Selected Work

[2018] ‘Design and the Opioid Crisis,’ FitCityPHL, Philadelphia, PA, Co-organizer and Sponsor in collaboration with FitCityPHL Planning Committee and Public Health Management Corporation

[2018] ‘Translations: Visualization as Portable Intelligence Between Disciplines,’ Lecture for Department of Computational Medicine, Jefferson University

[2017] ‘MEDstudio@JEFF’s Graphic Medicine: Chalkboard Chronicles and Hunger in Philadelphia,’ Exhibition Organizer and Moderator as Fellow in Emergent Design + Creative Technology in Architecture Medicine in collaboration with MEDstudio@JEFF team, Tom Judd, Mural Arts Philadelphia and Philabundance for DesignPhiladelphia, Jefferson University

[2016] ‘Camera Obscura,’ temporary pavilion erected for Art in the Open, designed, fabricated and exhibited in collaboration with Christopher T. Wood, Center for Emerging Visual Artists

[2016] ‘The BEACON,’ Project / Program Manager and Systems Design in collaboration with MEDstudio@JEFF team and Lead Designer Jenny Sabin Studio for MEDstudio@JEFF for DesignPhiladelphia, Jefferson University

[2014] ‘Narrative Urbanism,’ Lecture for Urban Land Institute, Philadelphia, PA

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