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Julia King


Julia King is an Architectural Designer and Urban Researcher at LSE Cities, London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), in the United Kingdom.

She is an architectural designer, creative practitioner, and urban researcher at LSE Cities, and has worked on Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban immigration in UK Cities and also on initiatives in India. Her research is concerned with housing, sanitation, infrastructure, inclusive development, urban planning, and participatory design processes.

She also runs a design and research practice in London and New Delhi in collaboration with Indian NGO, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE), where projects include large-scale planning for low income neighborhoods, various sanitation initiatives and housing projects.

She studied architecture at the Architectural Association (AA), London and completed her PhD in the research department Architecture of Rapid Change & Scarce Resources (ARCSR) at the London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Her PhD-by-practice entitled Incremental Cities: Discovering the Sweet Spot for making town-within-a-city examines resettlement colonies in Delhi, India.

She received the Eileen Gray Bursary and her dissertation on refugee housing on the Thai-Burma border, Autonomous Planning Strategies, was nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medal.

Julia King received a Holcim Awards Next Generation prize in 2011 for Decentralized sanitation system – a project that provides a decentralized sanitation system in Savda Gehvra, a regulated resettlement suburb 30km west of New Delhi, India.

She attended the Clinton Global Initiative conference in 2013 for her project to develop Local Building Centres in slum communities. She was also included in ICON magazine’s “Future 50” (a snapshot of 50 young designers and architects pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world), and the British Council “Ones to Watch” list in 2015.

Julia King was named Emerging Woman Architect of the Year by the Architectural Journal and won a SEED Award for “Excellence in Public Interest Design” in 2014. She was also short-listed for the World Design Impact Prize (2013) and the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014). She contributed the British Pavilion “Home Economics” at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016.

She has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL); Architectural Association (AA); and The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University. She has also worked for structural engineers Atelier One and architectural practice John McAslan & Partners.

Julia King was a workshop expert on sanitation at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held in Detroit in 2016.

Last Updated: March 06, 2018
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