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MAKE DESIGN MATTER - September Talk - Julia King

  • AKT II White Collar Factory London, England, EC1Y 8AF United Kingdom (map)
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The promise of Infrastructure; the role of design in an unequal world

Our September talk will be delivered by Julia King titled: The promise of Infrastructure; the role of design in an unequal world. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with invited guests.


Julia King is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities and a design practitioner. Trained as an architect her research, design practice and teaching focus on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanization, inequitable infrastructure developments, and urban micro-culture primarily in the UK and India. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennial, the Southbank Centre and Somerset House. She was awarded a Royal Commission for 1851 grant (2017-2019) to research and develop design solutions cross-cutting the sanitation chain from toilet to community infrastructure projects.

She is currently working on numerous low-cost housing and sanitation strategies in Delhi and public space interventions with young adults in Brent, London; in addition, she is doing research on urban governance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and planning policy in London. She has won numerous awards for her work including Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014) where the judging panel described, ‘Her work has great resonance internationally... She came across as someone who is very driven, very smart and very capable of getting things done in difficult circumstances’. Other awards include NLA Award (2016), Civic Trust Regional Award (2016) and short-listed for a Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014). Her projects have been widely publicized, including ICON’s ‘Future 50’ “a snapshot of 50 young architects who are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world” and Metropolis ‘New Talent’, amongst others. 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 currently teaches on the Cities Masters Programme at LSE and runs a design studio on the MA Architecture course at Central Saint Martins.

MAKE DESIGN MATTER is a series of monthly inspirational talks for humanitarians. Article 25, in partnership with the BRE Trust and venue host  AKT II, are bringing together outstanding design professionals who work to support the most vulnerable in society across the developing world. These inspiring monthly panel discussions consider the pursuit of progressive, sustainable architecture which focus on the communities they serve.

Meet the architects and designers at the forefront of creative and positive change in building design for international development.

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