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Julian Mills

2013 CAT Graduate

Julian is a CAT graduate who graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in sustainable architecture. He is the founding director of a small architectural studio in Cornwall specialising in sustainable architecture called STUDIO/gather. The team at STUDIO/gather is specifically made up of all CAT alumni who have all gravitated to work at a practice with an ethos of touching the earth lightly and the team is also growing to include more designers and technicians to focus on sustainable architecture principles and to design with a purpose.

After studying architecture and going to work for larger sustainable architectural practices Julian felt like there was an element missing from the way he was creating and delivering design work. This led him to set up the architecture practice on the Cornish coastline.

STUDIO/gather is currently making big waves in the architectural community both locally and wider reaching and is becoming renowned for what they do. Working on both projects that satisfy the architectural itch to create new, they are also heavily in the deep retrofit sector which means they get a real cross section of projects and clients.

“One of the very first lectures on sustainability in my first term of my Part 1 course in Canterbury was delivered by a CAT lecturer and I knew from that moment on I had to go (to CAT. This story has been passed on to a large number of colleagues over the years with many also ending up going to CAT. CAT and the sustainable architecture course have been the foundation for who I have become as an Architect, a designer and likely a person. CAT is not just a course it is a community and over the past 10 years is still a daily point of contact for me.”