Julia Monk

senior principal, director of hospitality design

Julia Monk is a senior principal and global director of hospitality design based in HOK’s Hong Kong office.


Julia has focused her career on defining luxury guest experiences for prestigious hotel brands around the world. She has led the design for many prestigious brands, including: Aria, Conrad, Four Seasons, InterContinental (IHG), Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, MGM, Peninsula, Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Shangri-La, St. Regis, W and Waldorf Astoria. Julia also has created and defined brands for Sheraton Suites, Renaissance, InterContinental and Radisson Blu.


Her recent projects include the Gold Key Award-winning Rosewood Abu Dhabi and the Jewel Suite by Martin Katz at Lotte New York Palace. Her current projects include The Peninsula Residences Yangon, MGM Grand Sanya, Xiamen Tefeng Portman Hotel and The St. Regis Belgrade.


Before joining HOK in 2013, Julia was a managing partner of BBG-BBGM, a world-renowned architectural and interior design practice that she helped found in 1984. In 2010, she relocated from New York to Shanghai, and later Hong Kong, to focus on the hospitality market in Asia.


As a global leader in hospitality design and a recipient of the profession’s highest honors, Julia has been a frequent speaker and panelist at high-profile events including the AIA National Convention, Asia Hotel Forum, Boutique Design New York, China Hotel Investment Conference, CoreNet, HD Expo, Maison et Objet Asia and ULI Asia Pacific Summit.  She lectures on hotel design for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is co-chair and founder of the AIA New York Architecture of Hospitality Committee and serves on many boards and committees.  Julia also has served as a juror for the distinguished AIA Interior Design Awards, Boutique Design’s Gold Key Awards and Sleeper‘s AHEAD Awards.


A licensed architect and interior designer, Julia is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Network for Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH). She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both architecture and environmental science from Ball State University.