Julian Beinart's teaching is in the theory and practice of designing the form of cities. In 1980 He succeeded Kevin Lynch in teaching the major theory of city form subject which has now been offered continuously for over 50 years, His writing and work have been published widely in architecture and planning journals, and he has authored chapters in over half-a-dozen books. He has been Program Chairman (twice) and President of the International Design Conference in Aspen, one of the founders of ILAUD in Italy, American editor of Space and Society, and research director of the Mellon Foundation study of US architectural education. Since 1984 he has been principal of Cambridge International Design Associates, an architecture and urban design firm with projects in many parts of the world. Between 2001 and 2005 he was in partnership with Charles Correa on the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences building, the largest such research facility in the world, which opened in 2005.
His post-graduate degrees in architecture and planning are from MIT and Yale, and he has been a Sir Herbert Baker Rome Scholar, a Fellow of the WBSI in California, and has lectured in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has written about African popular art, directed a series of design summerschools in five African countries, and produced two LP’s of African jazz. Some of this work was the subject of a BBC film and an ICA exhibition in London in 1965. Recent publications include studies of the U.S. downtown, 19th century grid form, public/private and history/memory relationships, and image construction in pre-modern cities. His commemorative talk, “Cities and Resurrection : Jerusalem and US” given on Sept. 11th, 2002 has been published in a volume on urban resilience. He was co-chairman of the first two Jerusalem Seminars in Architecture ( published by Rizzoli); and a major speaker at the 50th anniversary conference in Chandigarh. In 1991 he gave a series of lectures on divided cities at the Bezalel Institute and the Al Quds University in Jerusalem. At MIT he has won the ACSA award for urban design studio teaching.
He has worked on projects in South Africa, Botswana, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico and since 1986 has designed plans for the Israel Museum, the Jerusalem International Convention Center, and the Central Government Precinct in Jerusalem, as well as being a member of the International Advisory Committee for the city. Other international projects include consulting with Lengiprogor in the St. Petersburg (Russia) master plan competition, studying the long-term effects of hosting the Olympic Games, presented in Seoul in 1988 and in Olympia in 1994, and advising the South African government on a competition for a national post-apartheid memorial. He has been a consultant to the National Capital Planning Commission on the 2050 plan for Washington D.C., and advised the U.S. Air Force Memorial Foundation on the site and architect selection for a memorial in the city. In 1994 he was a consultant member of the team that designed a new strategic plan for Miami International Airport, and in Texas worked on various projects including plans for the land surrounding Alliance Airport in Ft. Worth, Texas, the first non-passenger airport in the world. After the Oslo Accords he worked with MOPIC on the West Bank in Palestine, and on four development projects in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. At MIT he has participated in various urban design studios, among which, in Boston, Tokyo, Taipei, Miami, Singapore, Thailand, Newcastle, Kiev. Sao Paulo and Bratislava. In 1994 he was on the team that won the competition to design a plan for Chung Hsin village as the provincial capital of Taiwan, and in 2001 and 2002 he was a member of the Cambridge University / MIT team studying university/high-technology environments in the UK and the USA. In 2006 he advised the city of Amman on a new plan and was a senior member of the team that worked on the new Ravi City near Lahore in Pakistan.