After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture, Julia Lau returned to Hong Kong to practice as an architect. In 1994, she joined Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., started as a Senior Architect on various large/ small scale mixed-use projects including schools, churches, residential developments, and large scale retail projects that featured ice-skating rinks and cinemas. In 2000, she joined the Project Management Team to start the master planning of the International Commerce Center (ICC) complex – part of the Kowloon Station Development (KSD), which is 11 million square feet. She was the Project Manager for the record breaking luxury residential development “The Arch,” which is also situated within KSD; and continued on as the Assistant Project Director for ICC, which when completed will be 492 meters in height, the tallest tower in Hong Kong.
In addition to being a member of the Election Committee in selecting the Chief Executive Council in Hong Kong in 2007, she has been active in serving the community in various organizations for over ten years. She currently serves on the boards of both the Hong Kong Arts Center & The Board of Management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries to help direct development. She is actively engaged with the art community to encourage, promote, and steer public art projects, a collaboration among architects, designers, and artists.