Professor Julia Cassim

Professor, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Julia Cassim, Credit: Petr Krejci

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Julia Cassim’s career spans the worlds of art, design, museum studies and social activism. She studied fine art at Manchester College of Art and Design and at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music on a Japanese Government scholarship. She has an MPhil from the International Centre for Heritage Studies at the University of Newcastle in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). She writes for many publications worldwide and is an international authority on inclusive design. The 24 and 48 Hour Inclusive Design Challenges she organises have been held in 21 cities worldwide and involved over 800 designers from different countries.

Her most recent project in Bosnia, Croatia and FYR Macedonia won the Grand Prix at D Day in Zagreb in 2011, the international jury prize at the 2012 Croatian Design Biennale and the Association Mrak, Network for Development and Creativity, Croatia. It was the subject of an exhibition at the British Council headquarters in London in January 2013.

In May 2014, she was appointed Professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, charged with setting up the KYOTO Design Lab, as a centre for interdisciplinary design innovation projects in collaboration with industry, the public sector and other national and international partners. She was included in Design Week’s ‘Hot 50’ list of people who most influenced the design world in 2010.


Photo credit: Petr Krejci


Julia is Visiting Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem and Visiting Fellow at the RCA and an advisor to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in London.

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