As an urbanist and design strategist, Julia brings a systems approach to understanding a site and its urban context. In her current position at City ID – a mutlidisciplinary design studio with a global reputation for improving the legibility and experience of cities – her work prioritizes evidence-based design that is rooted in participatory and equitable research. Her focus lies in investigating how different groups experience space and how our environments, through information and wayfinding systems, can be developed in a way that is sensitive to and reflects the unique identity of its users. Such a participatory design process fosters agency through the collective expression of ideas, builds capacity by translating challenges into opportunities and ultimately identifies strategic openings for sustained action. Julia’s work aims to build empathy across user group needs and experiences of space – both in process and outcome.
Julia has an MA in Theories of Urban Practice at Parsons, The New School for Design. Her diverse practice as an urbanist is centered on critical socio-spatial design interventions that engage with issues of difference and foster multiple belonging.