Julia Cowing, AICP, is a Senior Vice President of AKRF with 28 years of experience in environmental planning and impact analysis. Ms. Cowing is head of the firm’s Transportation Infrastructure department, leading the firm’s work in large-scale transportation projects.
An adept Project Manager, Ms. Cowing has directed the preparation of large, complex Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for several of the region’s most ambitious transportation and infrastructure projects and large-scale mixed-use developments. She is well-versed in the environmental review procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and New York City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), as well as related federal and state regulations including Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and evaluations of environmental justice. The firm’s premier expert on environmental justice, Ms. Cowing has directed the environmental justice analyses for several large regional transportation initiatives, and is responsible for review and oversight of such analyses prepared by other members of the firm.
Ms. Cowing's recent work includes serving as project manager on some of AKRF's largest and most complex public transit projects. These include MTA New York City Transit's Second Avenue Subway Project and the Long Island Rail Road's East Side Access Project, which will expand service throughout Long Island and create new access to Grand Central Terminal. Among her other assignments, she served as project manager for the preparation of the CEQR Technical Manual and for the environmental review of large and high-profile projects, such as development of the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.
Ms. Cowing graduated with a B.A. in history from Haverford College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.