03 May Julia Hockin
Architect | Expert Witness
– BA. Architecture
– Diploma in Architecture
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– Member of The Access Association
– Member of Design In Mental Health Network
Since qualifying as an architect in 1988, Julia has gained considerable experience in the design of accessible buildings.
With the Centre for Accessible Environments, she took part in the consultation process prior to the implementation of Building Regulations Part M, and the Disability Discrimination Act. She also worked alongside The Joseph Rowntree Foundation during the development of the concept of Lifetime Homes.
The experience and research has throughout her career, provided her with an in-depth understanding of the accommodation requirements of those with a wide range of disabilities including reduced mobility, cognitive and sight impairment.
In addition to accessible design, Julia has over 10 years’ experience in the design of Primary Healthcare Buildings, ranging from small GP Surgeries to very large Poly-Clinics with their own diagnostic, minor operations, paediatric, physiotherapy and minor injuries facilities.
Having qualified in 1988, Julia is a fully UK registered practising Architect. She has gained considerable experience in the design of many building types, and has been involved in all stage of projects from inception to completion. Her many years of practice has involved her in projects ranging from those of a small domestic nature up to large multi-million pound commercial projects.
She has over 10 years’ experience in the design of Primary Healthcare Buildings, ranging from small GP Surgeries to very large Poly-Clinics with their own diagnostic, minor operations, paediatric, physiotherapy and minor injuries facilities, and has worked closely with both developers, and healthcare professionals. She has a good working knowledge of the various healthcare technical advisory documents, and is fully conversant with Healthcare BREEAM.
Julia has been responsible for the design and delivery of a large number of projects, including the refurbishment of the Outpatients Department at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, a new treatment centre for Combat Stress, and Blackpool South Primary Healthcare Centre, providing facilities for six GP practices, minor operations, dentistry, physiotherapy, and mental health consultation.
Since joining Cowan Architects in 2015, she has carried out property research and has prepared proposals for adaptations to suit varying degrees of disability.