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.

While at Carey Jones Architects, Justin worked on a range of commercial office and residential projects, winning design awards for Burley Mill and No.1 Dock St in Leeds. Justin's interest in the detailed technical as well as artistic elements of design were important contributors to his success.

At Atkins, Justin was able to form excellent collaborative networks within a strongly multidisciplinary company. This led to further award winning and technically challenging buildings, including the School of Law, Business and Design for Northumbria University in Newcastle, Northwood Primary School in Darlington and the British Library Additional Storage Building at Boston Spa. Justin's national role later extended to projects 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 that time, as the architecture lead, he has established links with the ARB and led a process to fundamentally review and redesign the AE Programme. This new course was introduced in 2014, with Justin being the leader of a Programme which aims to meet the ARB Criteria for Part I, as part of a strongly integrated engineering degree.

Justin's other activities include helping community groups with design issues, including local schools and a cohousing scheme. He also acts as the unofficial design consultant to the School of Civil Engineering

Employment Background

University of Leeds, 2010-, Senior Teaching Fellow.

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.


  • 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 a course which aims to meet the ARB's Criteria for Part I. He is leading the introduction of a more studio based learning environment and manages 9 external practitioner tutors in support of this.