Julie V. Iovine
Julie Vincenza Iovine
|Education||Yale University (1977)|
|Employer|| New York Times |
Wall Street Journal
|Known for||Writings about architecture|
Julie Vincenza Iovine is an American journalist on architecture and a former magazine editor. She has contributed to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal , as well as authored books.
Julie Vincenza Iovine was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Vincent M. and Julie S. Iovine.Her father was a general surgeon and faculty member of George Washington University School of Medicine. She has three siblings.
Iovine studied Ancient Greek at Yale University, graduating in 1977, and acquired an interest in architecture while living in Athens, Greece.
On August 4, 1987, she wrote in the Wall Street Journal about her alma mater, claiming that 25% of Yale's student body was gay or lesbian and that the school had a "reputation as a gay school".Picked up by the Associated Press, the resulting uproar was reported in newspapers nationwide. Yale president Benno C. Schmidt Jr. denied that Yale had a reputation as a "gay school" and issued a statement calling Iovine's article "journalistic drivel". In her defense, Iovine said her article was based on research including interviews and the Yale Daily News . She said Schmidt's "reaction has been really extreme. I'm not saying that Yale is overrun by gays, which, by the way, what's wrong with that". Two years later, having moved from New Haven, Connecticut, to New York City as a freelance writer, Iovine was one of two women who wrote in Spy magazine under the pen name "Vincenza Demetz", to accuse film director James Toback of sexual harassment, which he denied.
After returning to the U.S. from Greece, Iovine embarked on a career as a newspaper writer. For 13 years, she was a staff writer covering architecture and other topics for The New York Times. She currently writes as an architecture columnist for the Wall Street Journal . In 2018, for example, her columns included such wide-ranging topics as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, the Zaryadye Park in Moscow, and New York City's reopened World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
In a February 26, 2003, New York Times column entitled "Turning a Competition into a Public Campaign", Iovine wrote of the shifting "historical, social, institutional, and geopolitical" factors influencing the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's architectural plans for the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan following the September 11 attacks of 2001. Numerous public meetings were held to present the various design concepts, including television and print media. Her characterization of the architects as "acting like 'media-age politicians'" was subsequently cited in an MIT Press study, Involuntary Prisoners of Architecture.
Beginning in 2007, Iovine was executive editor of The Architect's Newspaper . During her tenure, the trade publication expanded its online presence, resulting in a significant increase in web traffic and readership growth.The Architect's Newspaper won several awards. In 2011, for example, the publication was lauded for its in-depth coverage of "important neighborhood preservation issues...both balanced and accessible". Iovine left The Architect's Newspaper in 2012.
While appearing at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2014 to deliver a lecture, she was interviewed by The Michigan Daily and explained her passion for writing:"What drew me to architecture reporting is that it’s so embedded into the real world and you can’t escape it — that’s why I live in New York...[architecture] has to face the real stuff, and any architecture that doesn’t is really missing the point".
Writing in 2018 of her tenure at The Architect's Newspaper, Iovine recalled the challenges the profession faced during the years of the Great Recession, when she was at the journal's helm: "I witnessed what members of this profession are truly made of. As offices closed and shrank ... I beheld an extraordinary resilience", she recalled. Iovine concluded her retrospective by saying, "As editor of The Architect’s Newspaper during one of the toughest roller-coaster rides in recent memory, I was buckled into a front row seat, and the ride was unforgettable".
Iovine's books authored or co-authored include:
Iovine is married to writer and playwright Alan Hruska, a fellow Yale alumnus.They have homes in New York and Rhode Island.
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