Julie has practiced and taught architecture with a focus on sustainable design for over 25 years. She received her undergraduate and graduate Architecture degrees from the University of Virginia. She was a founding principal of TerraLogos eco architecture and has had a solo practice in Baltimore for the last twelve years. In 2013, her firm, Gabrielli Design Studio, was named Baltimore Magazine's Best Remodeling Architect. Award-winning work has included architectural design, green design consulting, climate action planning, organizational sustainability initiatives and strategic retreats, story workshops, and graphic facilitation of meetings. She has worked with both the LEED Rating System and Enterprise Green Communities. She was a faculty advisor for the 2007 Solar Decathlon entry, LEAFHouse, which placed second overall, first in the U.S.
In recent years, she has been experimenting more with writing and painting. The essays and watercolors on her blog explore the territory of living between the cultural stories of separation from or belonging to the natural world. Her writing has been published online; in magazines "Ecological Home Ideas" and "Urbanite;" and in literary journals: Dark Mountain Journals #6, #8 and #10; "Dark Matter" #3 and "Immanence." She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, teenage son and a big dancing bear of a dog named Brody.