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Professor Julian Marsh MA Dip.Arch. RIBA FRSA

Lecturer in Architecture


Julian Marsh has been a professor within the Department of the Natural and Built Environment since 2010. He is a practising architect with 30 years experience and partner in Marsh Grochowski LLP Architects based in Nottingham. The practice is recognised nationally having received over 20 national and regional RIBA and Civic Trust Awards for its buildings.

  • About

    Julian has combined teaching with practice for most of his career contributing to the work of the Schools of Architecture at Cambridge, De Montfort, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Sheffield, Leeds Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam Universities.

    The practice has a reputation for its work within the Arts, Housing and the field of Low Energy Design and most of the Julian’s research efforts have focused recently on the latter with experimental built projects and community energy initiatives.

    Outside of academia and direct practice, Julian has been an RIBA Awards Chair, a Lottery Assessor for the Arts Council of Wales, a CABE Regional Representative, Chair of OPUN, The Architecture Centre for the East Midlands and is currently Chair of Mozes, a community owned ESCO in Nottingham.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Low Energy Design

    Alternatives to Passiv-House Approaches in housing

    Contextual approaches to energy reduction

    Behavioural Design and Passive Design

    Community Energy

    Contextual Urbanism and regeneration

    Robustness and Resilience

    Self consciousness in the design processes

  • Research

    2012 Refurb of Non-Domestic Buildings, TSB Pilot. Team Member with University of Nottingham leading.

    2011 A Future Climate Adaptation Kit, iNET. Funded Project with the University of Nottingham.

    2010 Technology Strategy Board Retrofit for the Future. Successful submission with Leicester Housing Association.

    2009 ‘Two Heads’. Funding to carry out study on the heat buffering properties of phase change walls. In collaboration with Professor Saffa Riffat at the University of Nottingham.

    2009 Technology Strategy Board: Design and Decision Tools Research Strand.

    2009 The Solar Decathalon. Detailed proposals with University of Nottingham.

    2008-9 Scoping Study for an EM RIBA Low Carbon Award. Collaboration with Professor Steve Goodhew at Nottingham Trent University.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Marsh, J., Isiadinso, C., Goodhew, S., & Hoxley, M. (2011). Identifying an appropriate approach to judge low carbon buildings. Structural Survey, 29 (5), 436-446.

    Book chapters

    Marsh, J. (2014). Introduction. In Pérez de Arce, R. (Ed.) Urban Transformations and the Architecture of Additions. (pp. viii-xxv). Routledge:


    Marsh, J. (2011). Low Carbon House, Nottingham.

  • Media

    Julian is an academic and a practising architect. He is a partner in Marsh Grochowski Architects, based in Nottingham and one of the leading design practices in the Midlands. Julian has received more than 25 RIBA and Civic Trust Awards and had his work regularly published in the UK and abroad.

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