Julie Hacker holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Wesleyan University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She then studied at the Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC while choreographing her own work.

She returned to Chicago, her hometown, and received her Master’s degree in Architecture in 1985 from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received the Chicago Women in Architecture Award.

She worked for the firms of Booth Hansen and Hammond Beeby and Babka (now HBRA) before joining the firm of Stuart Cohen & Associates in 1986. She was made a partner in the firm Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects in 1991.

In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of her contributions in the field of design.

Her residential work has been published nationally and internationally and was recognized as one of the top 50 residential firms by Residential Architect Magazine receiving a RA Leadership Award in 2007. The work of her practice is the subject of a book entitled “Transforming the Traditional: The work of Cohen & Hacker Architects” published in 2009.

She lectures and serves on architectural juries nationally, mentors young architects, and is now a Preservation Commissioner for the City of Evanston, Illinois. She is currently helping to rewrite the preservation guidelines for the City of Evanston.

In her spare time, she competes in triathlons, from short course to the full Ironman distance, as well as performing in musical theatre classes.

For a list of exhibitions and publications of her works see Press/Awards

For a List of Julie’s Lectures, Symposiums, and Workshops
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