Julia Levitt is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Science in Real Estate program. Since beginning her studies at the UW, she has embraced opportunities to apply her skills to interdisciplinary projects exploring a variety of strategies for sustainability in the built environment.
Julia has interned at Seattle City Council researching economic impacts of noise-related code standards, and at the regional nonprofit Cascade Land Conservancy, researching and modeling a plan for building a community cultural center near the future light rail station in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. As a graduate research assistant, she explored strategies for sustainable development including district energy, market-based conservation and flexible utility financing. She also worked closely with two fellow students to propose, organize and implement the Runstad Center’s first graduate study seminar on Sustainable Real Estate.
An avid traveler, she enjoys learning new approaches to the built environment from other cultures. As a participant in the Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows program, she will travel to Hong Kong this spring to meet with developers, investors, planners and other industry professionals. Last fall she visited Denmark and Sweden to study the planning and design of public spaces with international consultants Gehl Architects, and then applied the Gehl methodology in a studio class examining the redesign of the Seattle waterfront.
She currently serves as Vice President of the UW Real Estate Club, sits on the Editorial Board of AIA-Seattle’s Forum magazine, and is a member of ULI, NAIOP and the Cascadia Region Green Building Council.
Julia holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to beginning graduate school, she was managing editor of the award-winning sustainability website Worldchanging.com, where she wrote sections on green building and sustainable urban design for the 2011 edition of the bestselling book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century. She has also written for Metropolis Magazine POV, AIA Forum, The Chicago Sun-Times, and other publications.
MSRE Candidate 2011