About Urbia

Urbia is documentation of Julia Suh’s observations and analyses of cities, communities and people, which kicked off with Gehl Architects’ ‘Tools for Change’ Masterclass in Copenhagen in 2013. After visiting 19 European cities over 9 weeks, she spent 6 months in Asia/Australasia, and returned to Sydney where she continues to write from.

Urbia assesses urban environments and their relationships to socio-cultural behaviours of the inhabitants. Julia’s research included guest lectureship at Hanoi Architectural University, where she led lectures, seminars and studios under the title of Design for City Living.

Urbia has been featured on The GuardianGehl Architects and This Big City among others.


Julia Suh, Director, Small Shift


Julia is a leading voice in citizen-led urbanism, and specialises in applying human-centred design as a tool for social change and advocacy. Julia has taught and practiced architecture, placemaking and urban design in 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 and 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, and Social Return on Investment from Social Ventures. An active Sydneysider, Julia is part of Advisory Group, Westpac 100 Scholars Network; Placemaking Leadership Council, Project for Public Spaces; Social Impact Task Force, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand; and NSW Chapter President, Yale Club of Australia.

Connect with Julia on LinkedIn.

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