Josie Holden Bulla is a practicing architect with 505 Design in Charlotte. She has taught design studios as a part-time lecturer in the School of Architecture intermittently over the course of ten years, including second year, third year, and topical studios considering post-Katrina redevelopment norms and patterns on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and transformational connections across the I-277 freeway barrier on sites around Center City Charlotte. She will teach a section of the Graduate Thesis studio in Spring, 2016. She holds a B.Arch with Honors from Mississippi State University, where her thesis explored the architectural typology of the Southern Courthouse and its connection to and portrayal as a character in the writings of William Faulkner. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania.
In combining a professional practice with continuing forays into the academic design studio, she brings an appreciation for the rich design opportunities of a rigorous, practical approach to students, values the design project an inherently collaborative exercise, and encourages appropriate independent exploration and self-criticism in anticipation of the world of professional practice that students enter after graduation. She believes that a simple humane architecture allows people to inhabit the built environment in ways that will change over time as lives and technology continue to evolve in the 21st century.