Julian Gitsham

Julian Gitsham

London, GB



Julian Gitsham is a Principal and UK Practice Leader for Architecture based in the HASSELL London Studio. Julian is a RIBA registered architect and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts with further qualifications in urban design.

He has been practicing for over 30 years and has gained extensive experience in leadership positions at high profile, design-led practices. Prior to joining HASSELL, Julian was Managing Partner and a Board member of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Julian has led projects including Portcullis House Parliamentary Building, a significant new government workplace in London, and Wellington Place, a four hectare mixed use commercial developmentinLeeds.Hehasastrong track record of award-winning cultural and education buildings including the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, Broadcasting Place at Leeds Metropolitan University and the National Cold War Museum. His international project experience includes the National Library of Israel, Cultural District Waterfront project in Abu Dhabi, and a master plan and residential development in Cairo, Egypt. He has also recently completed the visitor and interpretive centres at Jodrell Bank, the Centre of Astrophysics at Manchester University. 


Julian's Featured Articles on Archinect

Why do we forget to look back when trying to move forward?, Wed, Jun 28 '17

I have recently become a trustee of the Turn End Trust, an organisation which conserves, protects and maintains one of three Grade II listed houses designed and built in the 1960’s by the architect Peter Aldington, in the Buckinghamshire village of Haddenham.

Why do we forget to look back when trying to move forward?

When a building is not the answer, Wed, May 17 '17

In between the rush from here to there, have you noticed that we’re living in the ‘inbetween’?While technology enables unprecedented levels of connectivity and inclusion, fragmentation abounds as our sense of community, belonging and traditional business models are turned on ...

When a building is not the answer

Buildings Need to be Curated; Collaboration With Other Fields Is Vital to an Era of Experience, Fri, Feb 24 '17

Look around. What is it that makes you most happy? Is it the mountain bike, or is it where that mountain bike takes you? Out amongst nature, wind in your face, exploring newfound tracks. Without this, the experience, it would simply just be a steel frame with wheels, sitting in a rack.It’s the ...

Buildings Need to be Curated; Collaboration With Other Fields Is Vital to an Era of Experience


Hassell, London, GB, Principal and Practice Leader_Architecture, UK

Apr 2014 - current