Julia is currently a PhD candidate at Sheffield University, looking at tools and transformation in architecture. She is involved in a number of community projects, including initiating the Save Portland Works Campaign, and Distinctive Sharrow. The Distinctive Sharrow project was developed from a MArch University Live Project and subsequent employment at Sharrow Community Forum where she has developed her role through the design of an alternative masterplan, “The Distinctive Sharrow Toolkit”. This project aims to gather people together to make changes to their built environment on a range of scales through exploring their desires for their neighbourhood and city and has been written up by Sheffield City Council as ‘Good Practice’. She has recently contributed chapters to publications ‘TransLocalAct: Cultural Practices Within and Across’ and Urban Act: A handbook for Alternative Practice’ reflecting on her work in Sheffield.
Julia has been involved in teaching on the Master in Urban Design at Sheffield University for the past two years and the Sustainable Urban Environments Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Module for the past three years. Julia studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Sheffield University, where she completed her MArch (distinction) in 2007, working on a range of domestic, community and historic buildings over the past six years. Julia has also worked for ‘Sheffield Now’ as part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme, the Bureau of Design Research and Fluid.
Julia loves to walk in the peaks in all weather, gigs, the radio and reading thrillers.