I am an architectural designer and urban researcher at LSE Cities, an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At LSE Cities I am currently leading on a research project about the social and economic value of London High Streets commissioned by the Greater London Authority and lead on the Centre’s research on Indian governance and urban renewal schemes. As an early career researcher my work has been published across numerous platforms including a chapter in  Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues by Routledge and Infrastructure Space by Ruby Press. I have a co-authored a chapter in The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City (due to be released October 2017) and published articles in Urban Studies and New Diversities.

I am currently a Royal Commission of 1851 Fellow continuing the work of my PhD researching housing and sanitation through practice-based research embedded in building projects in India. My work has won numerous awards including a Holcim Award (2011), SEED Award for ‘Excellence in Public Interest Design’ (2014), World Design Impact Prize (shortlist, 2013), Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (shortlist, 2014), Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014) and NLA Award (shortlist, 2016). My projects have been widely publicised, including  ICON’s ‘Future 50’ “a snap shot of 50 young architects who are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world” and Metropolis ‘New Talent for 2014’ amongst others. In 2016 my work was showcased as part of a group exhibit in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

I have lectured around the world and taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Architectural Association and Sir John Cass, School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University where I completed my PhD. I currently teach on the masters Cities Programme at LSE, and run a masters design studio at Central Saint Martins.


Julia King







  1. Amandeep Pahwa

    Your project at savda ghevra,delhi
    is praiseworthy…..
    Wishing you success….
    And hope to have these projects in future by us….

    • Dear Amandeep
      Thank you very much. I should say everything I am doing I could not do without the amazing people I work with all of which are Indians. I am the only foreigner working on this project… so no need to look to the future 🙂

  2. Hi Julia,

    Very impressed with the blog – came across it via the Grauniad’s new cities site.

    I’m starting a masters in urban studies at UCL’s urban lab, but previously lived in Berlin for six years, where I blogged at architectureinberlin.com.

    Anyway, am off to India in a couple of weeks, flying into Delhi and travelling around until the end of April, but would like to see more of Delhi than the usual tourist sites (although am a big Lutyens fan, so obviously…). Are you/will you be in the city then, or do you have any contacts/recommendations who might be able to meet up for a chat?

    Many thanks,
    Jim Hudson

  3. Alicia Sardi

    Hola Julia,

    Tu carrera y projectos no dan sino inspiración. Siendo procedente de la misma tierra es reconfortante ver a otra mujer venezolano/británica triunfar en UK, tener un modelo a seguir durante Placement Year es casi una necesidad para seguir a la Part II.

    Felicitaciones en ganar Emerging Woman of the Year y te deseos más y más éxitos con tu práctica en Delhi.


    Alicia Sardi

    • Querida Alicia, gracias por tu comentario. Por favor Mantente en contacto (correo electrónico o twitter: @atjuliaking) y mis pensamientos están con Venezuela ahora desde lejos. Mis mejores deseos, Julia

  4. Hi Julia,
    I heard you yesterday at AJ and briefly discussed possible students and young Architects could help you on your projects from network I work for in India. Let me know your email or contact to send you more details. My email is sonjyot@gmail.com
    Thanks and Regards,
    Jyoti Soni

  5. Emily Gayer

    Hi Julia,
    After reading up on all your work and interviews I find what you do highly interesting, and the one of the most fascinating things I have come across in field of design and architecture. After graduating and having done alot of research on where to go next, I have figured that all I want to get involved in making the profession relevant to real cities by designing for the people.
    Please let me know if there is any work from your projects that I can get involved in for possible students and young architects!
    Thank you,


    Hi Julia,

    I would like to get associated with any of the project.Please contact me on sumaira.1231@gmail.com .
    I would be happy if we could talk about some possibilities of collaboration.

  7. Hi Julia,
    I am a high school student who wants to be an architect. I would love to talk to you about your work.
    My email address is madison.crissey@gmail.com

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