Justin S Lunn

Justin S Lunn



Justin is a design focused architect with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He has led design teams in a variety of building projects in the private and public sector, winning awards for his work in the process. Since joining the University in 2010, Justin has concentrated on applying his professional expertise to teaching on the Architectural Engineering programme.

Justin has worked on a range of commercial office and residential projects, winning design awards in the process. Justin's interest in the detailed technical as well as artistic elements of design were important contributors to his success. He was later able to form excellent collaborative networks within a strongly multidisciplinary company. This led to further award winning and technically challenging buildings, in the U.K, and work in Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and China. A working environment where specialist engineering expertise was not just available but often in the same room had a transformative effect on Justin's views on professional learning, suggesting a more integrated approach was necessary.

After a brief time living and working in New Zealand, Justin joined the Architectural Engineering team in 2010. Since then, as the architecture lead within the School, he has established links with the ARB and RIBA, and led a process to fundamentally review and redesign the AE Programmes. These new courses were introduced in 2014, with Justin being the leader of the MEng, BEng Architecture course. This new programme is an accredited civil & structural engineering degree and is also prescribed by the Architects Registration Board to Part 1. As such, it is a unique combination of architectural, structural and building physics learning, which allows students to develop a highly creative and technically proficient approach to design. This integrated approach is intended to produce graduates who are more able to work with other professionals in the construction industry in a creative and collaborative way. 

Justin is the design architect for the Chapeltown Cohousing Community in Leeds and has research interests in the procurement of community projects.

Employment Background

University of Leeds, 2010-, Associate Professor.

Justin Lunn Architect, 2010-, Principal.

Warren and Mahoney, Wellington NZ, 2010. Design Architect.

Atkins Ltd, 2004-2010. Associate architect, Associate Director from 2006. National design champion from 2008.

Leeds Metropolitan University School of Architecture, design tutor (part time). 2003-10

Carey Jones Architects, Leeds, 1995-2003. Project architect, Associate from 1998.


  • Programme Manager, MEng, BEng Architecture

Research interests

Justin is currently studying for a PhD part time, investigating the relationships between energy use, design and user interaction in cohousing communities.

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  • DipArch (Leeds Metropolitan University)
  • BSc(Hons)Architecture (Bartlett, UCL)

Professional memberships

  • ARB
  • RIBA

Student education

Justin has led the review and redesign of architectural engineering teaching at Leeds, with two new programmes being introduced from 2014. Justin is Programme Leader for MEng, BEng Architecture which accredited for CEng and ARB Part 1. He leads design studios in years 3 and 4, and teaches architectural history & theory. He is the Management, Practice & Law lead and Professional Studies adviser. Justin is a member of the School Taught Education Committee and the Staff Student Forum.