Julia Rocha

Julia is an Osmos collaborator with expertise in visual communications and public space.

Originally educated in architecture and urbanism, Julia developed her design skills working on territorial scale masterplan projects across Brazil.  These included territorial, environmental, economic and socio-spatial diagnoses, and then crafting technical material to support legislation and zoning. Through the planning projects, Julia was exposed to communications and public engagement moments which helped grow her interest in geography and participative processes. In 2019, Julia relocated to Europe to study a Master’s of Urban Studies and Geography (VUB-Cosmopolis) to expand her knowledge in the human dimension of spatial design. This contributed to her decision to join Osmos.  


Julia is concerned with how people and communities help to shape their environments. She has a strong interest in understanding the drivers underlying community and local dynamics. She has worked on the redevelopment of social housing sites in Brussels and studied gendered aspects of public spaces. Julia has been involved in community engagement events with migrant communities using physical activities such as gardening, to enable interactions.


She is a very adaptable and fast learner, quickly translating abstract ideas into graphics and schemes, making her a great asset in participatory and multi-disciplinary contexts.

  • MSc in Urban Studies – Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
  • MSc in Geography – Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)
  • B Architecture and Urbanism – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (BR)
  • Technical Architecture – Escola Politècnica Superior d’Edificació de Barcelona (ES)
Professional experience
  • Facilitator – Urban Foxes Intern (BE)
  • Architect and urbanist – Ethos Urbanismo e Arquitetura LTDA (BR)


Language skills

Portuguese (native speaker)

English (fluent)

Spanish (fluent)

French (proficient speaking and writing)

Julia's insights

Rue Haute

/// Project
Redevelopment of a social 400 unit housing complex in a dense inner-city neighbourhood fit for the 21st century.


Connecting Nature

/// Project
A European research program (H2020) developing nature based solutions: ‘bringing nature to cities and cities to nature’.


Designing means not ends

/// Publication
Humanity has a good idea of what a sustainable future looks like, but struggles to get there. Process Design – an Explorer’s Guide

Everyone else

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Hanne Van Reusel

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Laurens Van der Cruyssen

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Liana Simmons

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Marco Kooistra

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Michael Kaethler

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Nienke Schachtschabel

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Stephan Kampelmann

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Toha De Brant

Toha is an Osmos expert bringing the network expertise in anthropology and years of practical experience with community building, advocacy and grass-roots development. As a passionate photographer, she also supports the team with documentation of events.

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