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Julian Bicknell was born in Cambridge while his father Wg Cdr Nigel Bicknell DSO DFC was in Wroughton RAF Hospital after a serious crash. Julian was educated at Mowden Hall School, Stocksfield, Northumberland, Winchester College before studying architecture at Kings College Cambridge University (MA 1967). He started off working with Edward Cullinan in London (1969-72). He joined the teaching staff at the Royal College of Art under Sir Hugh Casson in 1972, becoming director of the Royal College of Art Project Office (1973-79). In 1979 he joined Arup Associates under Sir Philip Dowson. He set up Julian Bicknell & Associates in 1983.

Julian's background is in modification, alteration and restoration of existing buildings, but his practice been most involved in the design and construction of new buildings in which the lessons of history are combined with contemporary architectural thinking and technology. His work in the UK includes new interiors at Castle Howard, projects for Oxford and Cambridge Colleges, the reconstruction of the Hunterian Museum for the Royal College of Surgeons and other projects involving sensitivity to complex historical contexts. Private houses make up the bulk of the practice’s work, including Henbury Hall Cheshire, Upton Parva Warwickshire, Carden Hall Cheshire, Forbes House Surrey, Forest of Bere Hampshire, and the unusual oval house at Arragon Mooar, Isle of Man.

In 1983 his firm won the competition for a new residence for HM Ambassador in Moscow, although the contract was never awarded. In the 1990s he designed and built a number of English style buildings for the leisure sector in Japan: restaurants, a golf club, banqueting facilities and a complete - and historically authentic - Shakespearean village.

Despite a growing number of building projects, he continues to teach in Britain, and abroad. He was much involved in the development of the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture between 1990 and 2000, on the Academic Board and as a teacher at the Institute itself and also at the ground-breaking international summer schools in Italy, Germany, France and the UK. He has also taught and lectured in the USA, Russia and Japan.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the College of Practitioners of INTBAU and of the Traditional Architecture Group. He is a member of the Art Workers Guild and its Master in 2013.

He married artist, write, publisher Treld Pelkey in 1967 by whom he has a son Titus Pelkey Bicknell (media business man in Washington DC) and a daughter Poppaea Esslemont Webber (designer, costumier and film producer). He lives in Twickenham near London.

Web site:


'The Design for Need Exhibition' ICSID Conference, Dublin 1978:

'An affair of values' 'Rehabilitation and Conversion' Conference, Glasgow 1978:

'Recent Work by Arup Associates' ‘New Uses for Old Buildings' Conference, Manchester 1983:

'Palladio in England: a new Rotonda' Gritti Lectures, Venice 1987:

'Vision of Britain' Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1990

'Formula Function and Fantasy' 'Building America' Conference, Alexandria Virginia, USA 1992:

'Vision of Europe' Exhibition, Bologna 1994

'Julian Bicknell & Associates', Exhibition at The Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture 1996.


The Design for Need Papers; Pergamon, Oxford 1978 (joint Editor with Liz McQuiston)

Rehabilitation and Conversion; Newnes-Butterworth, London 1980 (Contributor)

Building Classical; Academy Editions, London 1993 (Contributor)

Hiroshige in Tokyo; Pomegranate, San Francisco 1994

Great Buildings of the World; Potter, New York 1995 (with Steve Chapman)

Julian Bicknell - Designs and Buildings 1980 - 2000; published by Julian Bicknell & Associates, London 2000

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