Julia Skeete, Senior Associate Principal, SOM, London

Julia is a Senior Associate Principal at SOM. An integral part of the London office, Julia is a member of the firmwide project management steering committee, which leads research on new technologies that develop into firm wide standards.
In addition to working on several widely recognised projects in the UK and Europe, including Manhattan Loft Gardens and Dublin Airport Pier D, Julia is also currently leading SOM’s involvement in the design of a new building and refurbishment of several heritage buildings at the United Nations of Geneva- Palais des Nations.
Julia also leads several internal committees at SOM including the Equity Design Lab, a group within SOM founded in 2020 that is building a firm wide Equity Toolkit which will enable SOM to deliver its commitments for equitable, healthy and resilient built environments where communities thrive in all projects. She is also co-chair for the London office’s branch of the Women’s Initiative, a community that challenges the barrier of gender equity and fosters the retention and growth of women to create a sustainable workplace that reflects and enhances the built environment. Julia is also a representative of TEDD (Talent, Equity, Diversity, and Development), a SOM employee advocacy group formed of leaders who focus on how to build equitable opportunities within SOM and beyond.
Julia has previously featured in an AJ100 Women in Architecture spread that highlighted emerging architects, their roles within the industry, and crucially, the well-being and work-life balance being promoted with her role as both a woman and a mother leading in the built industry. She often serves as a mentor and awards judge for initiatives, including the Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards and the Archi boo Awards. Currently, Julia is part of the advisory council for the IBWI Well Institute Equity Rating to support its release.