Dr. Julia King

ARCSR PhD in Architecture 2010-14

Research Fellow, LSE Cities

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). 

Dr. Rachel O'Grady

ARCSR PhD in Architecture 2011-15

Lecturer in Architecture, Queens University Belfast

Rachel is a Ph.D candidate within the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources department at London Metropolitan University. Working with an Agra-based NGO, she has spent three years researching the urban condition of Tajganj’s bastis through live architectural projects and events. A background of professional architectural practice informs Rachel’s work.


She currently coordinates Stage Three of the BSc in Architecture with Steve Larkin. She is a lecturer at QUB and part of the research group Recomposing the City. She is also the co-founder of OGU Architects. Over the past five years, Rachel has worked extensively with the Indian NGO CURE using collaborative projects to examine the creative potential of reviving architectural ‘heritage’​ in the city. Her ongoing project The Buksh Museum of Hobbycraft received an ASF-International Honorary Mention Award. Rachel studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and then London Metropolitan University where she later completed a PhD as part of the Department of Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR): this is when her relationship with CURE began. Before the PhD she worked for London architecture practices Wright & Wright Architects and Penoyre & Prasad LLP.

Toby Pear

ARCSR Diploma in Architecture 2008/10

Architect at Article 25

Toby is a Project Architect with Article 25 having recently joined from London architecture practice Jestico + Whiles, where he spent 4 years working principally on education and housing projects. He has worked in several London and Oxford architectural practices, amassing experience across a variety of scales and sectors.

Toby pursued an interest in humanitarian architecture and vernacular building technologies during his postgraduate studies at London Metropolitan University, undertaking both research work and built projects in informal settlements in Delhi and Mumbai. This led to a spell working for an Indian NGO in a post disaster reconstruction project in Ladakh, designing and delivering a series of shelters and community buildings using local materials and technologies.

In the spring of 2017 he spent 3 months walking 1600km across the Nepalese Himalaya, raising money for Article 25.

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