Julian Waters' teachers included his parents, Peter and Sheila, who both studied at the Royal College of Art, London. He also studied with the German calligrapher and type designer, Hermann Zapf. Professor Zapf later invited him to stand in for him, teaching his two-week calligraphy master class at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984, when he was just 27. In 1989, he succeeded Professor Zapf, teaching the annual course. He is now a member of the advisory board for the Center for Typeface Studies at the Rochester Institute. He has also taught letter form design at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC.
In 1981, he worked with Gerard Valerio at Bookmark Studio in Washington, but in 1984, he opened his own studio. He was the typographical consultant to Maya Lin during the construction of the Vietnam Memorial. Other projects have included producing titling lettering for the National Geographic Society and designing lettering for books, posters and stamps for the US Postal Service.
His work has been recognised with numerous awards and exhibitions. Since 1982, he has been a member of the faculty of the annual International Calligraphy Conferences.
[LC, December 2009]