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Julia Ratcliffe


  • Biography

  • Julia is an independent Structural Engineering consultant. Until recently she was a Director of Expedition Engineering which she joined after working in the UK and New York with Buro Happold.  She has worked on a wide variety of building types and scales in her 25 year career, typified by architectural projects demanding a high degree of design integration and structural expression, including towers, performing arts centres and residential developments. 

    She has collaborated with some of the world’s most celebrated designers, leading the engineering design on world-class buildings including the Intesa SanPaolo Tower in Turin with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Kurdistan Museum, Erbil (with Studio Daniel Libeskind), the EMPAC centre, NY (with Grimshaw) and the Aga Khan Centre, London Maki + Associates on their first UK project.   

    Volunteering her engineering skills and time: serving as a Trustee of Architecture for Humanity UK and supporting disaster relief programmes in Thailand and Pakistan as well as for industry panels, including the Institution of Structural Engineers Humanitarian and International Development panel. She has featured and authored articles in the IStructE’s magazine and in Detail magazine.

    She is a Built Environment Expert for CABE at the Design Council and has served on several of their design panels.  She is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a licenced Professional Engineer in the state of Connecticut USA. 

    She has served as a judge for several industry awards including RIBA London, the Structural Steel awards and the Institution of Structural Engineers International awards.

    Her degree is a Masters in Architectural Engineering from Leeds University, awarded with distinction in 1993.  She spent a year at Pennsylvania State university as part of her studies.

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