Julia bridges both an academic and practice sides of urban planning with experience across the world. She draws on the capacity of residents to fashion their place – forging user focused resilience within existing and future communities. She is interested in how local administrations and third sector actors help create the conditions for equity and fairness.
Julia has been working as academic staff at the Urban Planning Institute, University of Stuttgart, and has coordinated and contributed to a range of transdisciplinary research projects concerned with sustainable urban transformations. Her research interests evolve around housing and marginalized urban spaces, their inhabitants, and the potential they harbour for the construction, sustenance and defence of the urban commons. In her current position as commissioner for Housing and Accessibility at the Municipality of Tübingen, she is coordinating the administration’s refugee housing programme, a joint effort that will not only include investment by local housing associations, co-housing groups and cooperatives, but also provide sustainable housing solutions for other groups in need of affordable housing in the long run.
Since obtaining her BSc(Hons) in Architecture at the University of East London in 2002, Julia’s work experience with award-winning practices such as WWMArchitects (London) and ‘die Baupiloten’ (Berlin) has ranged from public space design to the scale of strategic urban framework plans and has included clients such as the London Development Agency (LDA), Hackney Council (London), Nature Park Vitosha (Bulgaria), and Amnesty International. Julia has also been teaching design-build workshop formats at several Universities in Britain and Bulgaria and worked with NGOs Shoreditch Trust (UK), THF (TAR, China) and Ziva Zemia (Bulgaria) on issues of resident-led urban regeneration and local construction skills transfer. In 2013, she completed the MSc IUSD at the University of Stuttgart with a thesis on neighbourhood-based urban upgrading and mobilization processes in Cairo’s informal settlements.