Justinien Tribillon is a writer, researcher, editor and curator.

An urbanist, he's interested in understanding cities, their social fabric, the way they are governed and designed. He regularly contributes feature articles to The Guardian, writing for instance about Paris's subterranean secrets, or Bucharest uncanny wildlife reserves, as well as The Architectural Review, MONU and other publications. In 2019, Justinien contributed to Rotterdam-based architectural historians Crimson’s latest book Cities of Comings and Goings with a chapter on the history of London’s urbanism in relation to migration.

Justinien also works with designers, public and private sector organisations as a consultant on cities and urbanism. Clients include Transport for London, Architecture 00, ENGIE, TVK. Justinien was previously Associate Director for Europe at Theatrum Mundi.

He teaches urban studies to graduate and postgraduate students at The Bartlett, University College London. Justinien is a PhD candidate at UCL, where he researches the socio-spatial divide between Paris proper and the Banlieue via its Boulevard Peripherique, relying on an interdisciplinary approach that includes urban studies, history, architecture, cultural studies and sociology. Before joining UCL, Justinien trained in social science, design and urban policy at Sciences Po and the London School of Economics. Justinien is also keen to explore the topic of migration and its impact on space—he's a cofounder and editor of Migrant Journal as well as director of Migrant Journal Press. A six-issue publication edited by Michaela Büsse, Dámaso Randulfe and Justinien, co-edited and art directed by Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler of Offshore Studio, Migrant Journal looks at migration with a resolutely interdisciplinary, prejudice-free approach, bringing together artists, philosophers, illustrators, curators, journalists, architects, academics, photographers. Migrant Journal started with a print-run of 800 copies — three years later it has sold more than 25,000 copies. It has been exhibited at the Design Museum (London), the Swiss Design Awards (Basel), Somerset House (London), Milano Triennale (Milan) among others. More information on Migrant Journal’s website and press kit.

As a curator, Justinien was invited by Hashim Sarkis to contribute to the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2020 with a  Station exploring the themes of the Biennale “How will we live together?”. The project Welcome to Borderland will be on show in Venice from 22 May-21 November 2021. Co-curated with Offshore Studio, Justinien’s upcoming exhibition “Infrastructure—Visible upon Breakdown” as part of Les Recontres de la Photographies of Arles 2020 was cancelled because of Covid, we are working on presenting this project in another venue and/or format. 

Justinien is regularly invited to give talks and moderate panels on urbanism, architecture, publishing, migration at public events. He has also been invited architecture critique at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; the Welsh School of Architecture, University of Cardiff; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.