Dr. Julia King

ARCSR PhD in Architecture 2010-14

Research Fellow, LSE Cities



In 2010 I got a full scholarship to pursue a PhD-by-practice within the department Architecture for Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) at London Metropolitan University. A fantastic programme run by Maurice Mitchell and the PhD department run by Peter Carl. Doing a PhD by practice meant that my research was embedded in live projects that I have mostly initiated. The research was facilitated by an existing relationship between ARCSR and an Indian NGO, Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE). It was then that I started doing projects in a slum resettlement colony on the edge of Delhi called Savda Ghevra.


To date I have completed housing and sanitation projects and run various ferrocement workshops – all projects that I initiated and withCURE acting as the implementing agency. The largest project - a decentralised sanitation system - delivers infrastructure enabling 322 households (approximately 2000 people) to have toilets in a community which prior to this mostly defecated in the open. 

Julia King is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities and the coordinator for numerous research strands including 'Streets for All' a research project on London’s high streets commissioned by the Greater London Authority and work on urban governance in India. She is currently working on ‘Governing Infrastructure Interfaces’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; a research project funded by the British Academy and ‘Beyond Banglatown: continuity, change and new urban economies in Brick Lane’. In addition, she is a Royal Commission of 1851 design fellow (2017-19) developing design solutions cross cutting the sanitation chain from toilet to co-designed community infrastructure in Delhi. Julia runs an MA design studio in the Spatial Practices Programme at Central Saint Martins with Verity-Jane Keefe and has previously taught at the LSE, Architectural Association and UCL. Her research, design practice and teaching focus on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanisation, inequitable infrastructure developments and urban micro-culture in the UK and India. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennial, the Southbank Centre and Somerset House. She has won numerous awards for her work and practice including Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014), NLA Award (2016); and shortlisted for a Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014) and Civic Trust Regional Award (2016). 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). 

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