Julia Barker

Senior Architect

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Julia brings a wealth of project running experience, delivering projects from inception to completion and working closely with the client in developing the brief and design to create new spaces and modernise existing spaces.

Prior to joining Raise Architects, Julia was based in London for over six-years at WilkinsonEyre part of the team dedicated to RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted renovation of the New Bodleian Library (the Grade II listed Sir Giles Gilbert Scott 1940s building, now known as the Weston Library). During her last two-years at WilkinsonEyre Julia led the St John’s Wood Riding School project, which preserves and redevelops the Grade-II listed Kings troops building (built in 1825) into a 25m long swimming pool for use by the community. Working on such sensitive projects, Julia has developed an excellent knowledge and expertise on special heritage works, informing her ongoing interest in all aspects of historic building conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings.

Julia has a firm belief in the importance of maintaining the role of craft within the construction industry and will seize any opportunity to work with specialist contractors and craftsmen to explore how things are made and the use of materials.

Julia studied at Liverpool School of Architecture, where she won the Sikorski Memorial Prize for best individual thesis project. Building on her practical experience, Julia has recently completed the RIBA Conservation Course, which addresses the philosophical and practical requirements associated with the responsibility of working on a historic building.

Originally from Chester, Julia is enjoying being back in her hometown, living in Hoole and delving into Chester’s creative community and being part of local initiatives.

BA (Hons), M.Arch, ARB