Julia Suh is a leading voice in citizen-led urban development, and specialises in applying human-centred design as a tool for social change and advocacy. Julia’s purpose is to train and inspire communities to build a positive relationship with their local public spaces and each other. Small Shift does this by hiring people with barriers to employment and unlocking their potential to take the lead in city-making.
She has taught and practiced architecture, placemaking and urban design from New York, Auckland, Hanoi and Sydney, building an extensive knowledge of various communities and urban spaces that support or neglect them. In 2017, Julia was one of 10 Australians to be awarded Westpac Social Change Fellowship.
Julia received her M.Arch. from Yale University, B.Arch. with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland, and training in Qualitative Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science.