Julian Palacio received his Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York (2002), and his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia (1999). His research and creative agenda have been fostered by an interest in exploring the relationships between contemporary culture, new technologies and architecture, with an emphasis in the investigation of new forms of practice that can emerge from these intersections.
Throughout his professional career Palacio has played a leading role in a number of award-winning projects and competitions of varied scale and program that incorporate the use of new technologies to processes of design and fabrication. He is the founder of Studio of Contemporary Architecture (SoCA), a progressive firm dedicated to the practice of architecture, design and research based in Washington DC. Prior to establishing SoCA he worked for Office dA in Boston, and Ali Rahim/CAP and Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos in New York City.
Palacio has been a guest critic for reviews at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology among others. He currently teaches in the Design Technologies Concentration at the School of Architecture and Planning at Catholic University of America.
Palacio is a licensed Architect in the United States (District of Columbia, Florida, Virginia) and Colombia. Additionally, he is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).