Julia Suh

JULIA SUH, Urban Strategist and Founder, Urban Toolbox and Small Shift

NSW Registered Architect 8693, M.Arch, B.Arch Westpac Social Change Fellow

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’s purpose is to train and inspire communities to build a positive relationship with their local public spaces; and create a new kind of city-making narrative — one that includes people on the margin. She 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.

She has worked with property owners and local & state government bodies including: Dexus, ISPT, AMP Capital, Optus, Charter Hall, City of Ryde, City of Gold Coast, Hunter’s Hill Council, North Sydney Council, Gympie Regional Council, Arts NSW and NSW Department of Education & Training. Her work in community engagement, planning policy and urban research has been locally recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia, as well as internationally by The Guardian UK.

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. >> Read more on LinkedIn

Contact Julia for speaking and facilitation engagements and interviews.