Adjunct Assistant Professor
BioJulie Kachniasz has taught at Carnegie Mellon since 2011. She holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, Kachniasz practiced with Wolff Landscape Architecture in Chicago, where she focused on urban parks, streetscapes, campuses, and historic restorations.
Kachniasz’ Pittsburgh-based design firm ground stories is dedicated to the intersections between ecology and culture. As a designer, she aims to join an understanding of natural systems to a site’s cultural significance. She’s particularly interested in using narrative as a catalyst for design, exploring architecture’s potential to facilitate social interactions, and finding ways for architecture to directly engage ecological systems.