Dr Julia Wedel


Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Subject Coordinator International Architectural Regeneration and Development

School of Architecture

Julia Wedel


Julia Wedel is a senior lecturer in architecture, researcher and architect.

Following a decade of architectural practice on environmental, education and international development projects, Julia has combined teaching and research at Oxford Brookes University since 2011.

As a lecturer, design tutor and subject coordinator of the MA International Architectural Regeneration and Development, Julia's teaching and research focuses on architectural regeneration, the dynamic reuse of the existing built environment; and urban resilience.

Julia teaches theory, applied methodology and design studio modules in the areas of architectural regeneration and urban resilience.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • ARCH7020 Regeneration Project: Design Studio
  • ARCH7044 Resilient Urbanism: Theory module
  • DEVP7019: Regeneration Methods and Practices: Applied methods module
  • DS3: Resilient by Design: Final year Design Studio
  • ARCH7022: MA Dissertation


  • MA International Architectural Regeneration and Development: MA Dissertation supervision
  • Edoardo Ferrari (MPhil candidate): Knowledge Realms and Crafted Building Practice: An Ethnography of Dry-Stone Wallers in Italy


Julia's research focuses on urban resilience in environments of scarce resources, with a particular focus on ethnographic methods in resilience assessment; and the intersection of heritage development and resilience efforts.

Current research projects explore (a) resilience and wellbeing in environments of rapid change and scarce resources, with a particular focus on water scarcity in a Latin American context; (b) the role of ethnographic approaches in resilience measurement; (c) how to design for resilience; and (d) the benefits of resilience thinking for more equitable heritage development

Research group membership

Julia is part of the Place, Culture and Identity research group.

Research grants and awards

A staff development grant from Santander (with Dr. Aylin Orbaşlı) has allowed me to pursue a teaching collaboration with the University of Evora in 2014-15.




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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • RIBA Professional member (2007-9)

Further details

Areas of expertise

9 years of architectural practice with Ian Ritchie Architects (2001-2005) and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (2005-2009) working on education, community and international development projects