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Julia King

Design Exchange Partnerships 2023

Dr Julia King is a Policy Fellow at LSE Cities and a design practitioner.

Julia is an architect, teacher and urban researcher, who currently practices as a Policy Fellow at the LSE Cities research center at the London School of Economics. Her design-led research studies the urbanizing world through a sharp lens, focusing on sanitation and housing in communities whose interests are marginalized in large-scale construction and infrastructure improvement projects.

From analyzing the impacts of mass-migration on the micro-economies of UK high streets, to co-designing decentralized sanitation systems for growing urban settlements in New Delhi, King’s research aims to understand cultural and institutional relationships in areas of dense urban development, to collaboratively design and build site-specific interventions.

As the founding director of the Apprenticeship Programme in City Design and Researcher-in-Residence schemes at LSE Cities, King addresses the exclusion of young people from an increasing number of privatized ‘public’ spaces, aiming to engage these groups through live research and build projects.

King has received multiple awards for her research, including the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year in 2014, and the NLA Award in 2016.

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