Julia Wedel

Senior Lecturer
Research Associate OISD: PCI and CENDEP

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 2009. Teaching on the MA International Architectural Regeneration and Development, she enjoys exploring her architectural, environmental and social science research interests with a new cohort of MA and MArchD students every year.

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

Her current research interests centre on human-environment relations, specifically resilience and wellbeing in environments of rapid change and scarce resources, with a particular focus on water scarcity in a Latin American context. Julia is also pursuing research on the applicability and role of qualitative, small-sample studies in informing policy.

Julia’s teaching interests lie in architectural interventions in existing contexts, and specifically in consolidating diverse stakeholder and environmental interests. Julia is interested in challenge of visualising intangible outcomes of regeneration projects, specifically exploring the graphic representation of dynamic processes that affect the adaptive reuse of existing sites and buildings and their impact on communities.

In a different role, Julia is involved in developing the school’s programme for PhD by office based exam.


  • Senior Lecturer in Architecture
  • Subject Coordinator MA International Architectural Regeneration and Development
  • Module Leader, Design Studio Leader, MA and UG dissertation supervisor
  • OBE (Office based exam) PhD by OBE programme development team

Memberships (and affiliations)

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • RIBA and ARB professional membership (2007-2009)

Academic interests

  • Human- environment relations: resilience, wellbeing, rapid urbanization, resource scarcity, Latin America
  • Architectural regeneration: community and stakeholder engagement, visualisation of intangible regeneration outcomes
  • Research methods: ethnography; the use of qualitative, small-sample studies in informing policy

Selected publications

Book chapter

  • ‘The role of the professional in architectural regeneration’, in Orbasli, A. and Vellinga, M. (eds.) Architectural Regeneration, (forthcoming, 2017)

Conference papers

  • 2017 ‘Building livelihoods amidst multiple temporalities of rapid change’ Paper accepted for presentation at the SIEF conference, March 2017, Göttingen, Germany.
  • 2017 ‘Living Water, Making Water: The Experience and Political Construction of Water Scarcity’ Animation accepted for workshop participation at the SIEF conference, March 2017, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2017 ‘The role of ethnography in resilience measurement’ Paper in process
  • 2013 ‘The costs of flexibility: Responses to water scarcity in an informal settlement in Lima, Peru’ Paper presented at PhD conference ‘Within the Limits of Scarcity: Rethinking Space, City and Practices’, Westminster University
Julia Wedel


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP