Julia was a founding partner with BBG-BBGM until the firm joined HOK in 2013. Under her leadership, BBG-BBGM developed into one of the world’s leading hospitality design firms. In 2010, Julia relocated from New York to Shanghai to focus on the market in Asia.
A licensed architect and interior designer, Julia is a member of the AIA, IIDA, ULI and NEWH. She co-founded the New York chapter of the AIA Architecture of Hospitality Committee and is a member of the ULI Asia Pacific Hospitality Committee and ULI WLI. She is on the advisory boards of HD Magazine and the Radical Innovation Award. She teaches an annual course at Harvard Graduate School of Design on the Design and Development of Hotels and is a renowned keynote speaker and panelist at premier hospitality events.
“Unlike the United States, China is all about group entitlement rather than individual entitlement. This affects many facets of life in China, including meeting procedures and decision making. In China, a decision can be made and implemented quickly. … That said, I find that every project—wherever it is in the world—takes a life of its own.”
Mark Boekenheid and Julia Monk | Hospitality Design
Julia Monk on Design in China | Contract
The Future of Sustainable Hotel Design | Forbes
Shanghai Sojourn | Hospitality Design
Julia Monk | Boutique Design
Ball State University
Bachelor of Architecture