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Dr Jemima Unwin established Studio JU in 2007. The aim of this architectural and lighting studio is to provide unique solutions to design challenges which optimise space in the most logical way. The aim is ‘to do small things well’ with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Studio JU believes that architecture, whether it be an intervention in the landscape or a response to a compact urban site, should be people centred. This means that an understanding of the users experience of the environment provides the framework to the design. The studio has invested considerable resources into the understanding of light & lighting, because it is light that makes things visible and has the power to enhance or ruin our experience of the built environment. A full understanding of daylighting & electric lighting means that a more sustainable solution can be reached.



Whether you need an architect or lighting specialist to manage your project, or somebody to explore design concepts with you, Studio JU will outline a scope of works tailored to your needs. This may include:
* Feasibility and Concept Studies
* Planning Applications
* Building Regulation Approval Applications
* Construction drawings
* Specification writing
* Photomontage visuals
* 3D modelling
* Public consultations
* Daylight Studies
* Rights to Light Studies
* Maintenance strategies


Dr Jemima Unwin

Jemima completed her architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. Her design skills were quickly recognised in a number of design awards during her first degree. She spent a year studying in Paris, which broadened her experience of architectural education. She has worked for a range of architectural practices in Kyoto, Sydney, Manchester & London. This varied & lively exposure to the profession provide a foundation from which to deliver new build and refurbishment projects across a broad range of sectors. 


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, 2015. Thesis title: An Investigation of the Effect of Street Lighting on Pedestrian Reassurance in Residential Environments.
Master of Science with Distinction in Light & Lighting, UCL, 2010.
Advanced Diploma with Distinction in Professional Practice in Architecture, RIBA Northwest, 2005.
Diploma in Architecture, Mackintosh School of Architecture, 2003.
Bachelor of Architecture with Honours, Mackintosh School of Architecture, 2002.





Studying the ruins of buildings, the vernacular and the history of cities through sketching provides useful insights into how things were done & what can be learnt from them.