Dr. Julia King is a Policy Fellow at LSE Cities and a design practitioner. Trained as an architect her research, design practice, and teaching focus on urban marginalization, infrastructure, and micro-economies. She is the director of the ‘Apprenticeship Programme in City Design’ and ‘Researcher in Residence’ scheme at LSE Cities. Both are novel outreach programmes which work with young adults to learn through practice at the LSE. Recent engagement has resulted in the real-time design development and realisation of several public space projects by the developers of Wembley Park from 2021 onwards. It is a legacy project of Seen and Heard - a study of privatised public space and youth culture - a project coordinated by Julia and commissioned by Brent 2020. More recent work with young girls has focused on the provision of space for young girls working in Crewe and Trowbridge.
She has won numerous awards for her work including Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014), NLA Award, Civic Trust Regional Award and short-listed for a Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. Her projects have been widely publicised, and she has authored chapters in ‘Home Economics’ (2016) and ‘Infrastructure Space’ (2017) and co-authored a chapter in ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City’ (2017). She has previously taught on the Cities Programme at LSE and currently runs a BA unit at the Architectural Association.