Zoe Latham

Zoe Latham

Doctoral Teaching Assistant

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Zoe can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Architecture
  • Cultural identity and architecture
  • Landscape
  • Place
  • Perception
  • Film and Architecture


Doctoral Researcher & Associate Lecturer in the Architecture Department at the University of Plymouth.

Module Leader - Y1 Communications | COMM401

Studio Tutor for Y1 - Design Studio | DESN401, DESN402


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

(2018–present) PhD researcher - Architecture

(2016–2018) Master of Architecture with Distinction, University of Plymouth

(2009–2012) BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Plymouth



Teaching interests

(2019–present) BA (Hons) Architecture Year 1 Communications

(2017–present) BA (Hons) Architecture Year 1 Design Studio

2019 BA (Hons) Architecture Year 1 Design Studio project at Riverside Community Primary School nomination for RIBA MacEwen Award 'Multidisciplinary student team from University of Plymouth turn windswept hill into learning space':



Research interests

Zoe’s architectural praxis looks to the subjective landscape and ritualised connections to landscape in order to better understand and potentially create places that nurture connection and meaning to people. This academic focus progresses ideas of place and identity, outlined in a recently published, co-authored journal paper ‘Shenzhen’s urban villages: dialogic cultural landscapes and resilient rituals’.

Preceding her return to academia, Zoe most recently worked as an architectural designer in New York, concentrating on adaptive reuse, regeneration and conservation of architecture. Prior to working in the USA, Zoe worked in Shenzhen, China for two years working on high-end interior design, conceptual architectural and landscape design.

- place & landscape urbanism
- embodiment & ritual
- cultural landscapes
- hermeneutic & micro phenomenology
- film as method

Other research


September 2019. Test Space: Expositions of practice led research, Plymouth University Fine Art Studios, Royal William Yard. Presented film as auto-ethnographic method entitled 'Embodied Rituals of Fly-fishing'.

September 2019. Flows of Entanglements: how rivers shape identities, University of Plymouth.
Co-convener and participant of methodology roundtable chaired by Professor Owain Jones (Bath Spa University) - presented MPhil/ PhD Methodologies.

March 2018. Cultural Heritage and social cohesion, Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Presented paper titled "Shenzhen's Urban Villages: Dialogic cultural landscapes and resilient rituals".

Co-authored Papers 

August 2018. Culturally-Rooted Forms of Urban Renewal in Europe, Middle-East and Asia (from antiquity to the present), European Association for Urban History. Co-authored paper titled 'Beyond Bladerunner A dialogic of the everyday in Macau’s fictional landscape'

Plymouth University Talks Given

March 2019 - M.Arch Design Studio talk 'Emerging Praxis'

May 2019 - Rethinking Post Recovery Space talk on 'M.Arch Programme in Macau - trauma and response'

October 2019 - M.Arch Design Studio collaborative talk on film-making with Linda Ward 'Ourselves the Water'

February 2020 - Dialogue: towards a community of praxis Professor Robert Brown Inaugural Professorial Lecture talk 'How do we connect to place?'

Research Groups


Portfolio of selected work

Award Nominations


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Latham Z & Ward L (2021) 'How might we simulate a riverside experience through virtual collaboration?' AVANCA | CINEMA 950-956 , DOI Open access
Latham Z & Brown R (2018) 'Shenzhen’s Urban Villages: Dialogic cultural landscapes and resilient rituals' Socio.hu Social Science Review (Special Issue No. 6) , DOI Open access
Visual Communication for Architects and Designers: Constructing the Persuasive Presentation.
Other Publications
Latham Z (2020) Casting a line to place: embodied rituals, cultural landscapes and their potential to (re)connect. https://lex.wpcreative.io/content/casting-a-line-to-place-embodied-rituals-cultural-landscapes-and-their-potential-to-reconnect/
Latham ZE (2019) Architecture and Place. https://secularliturgies.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/architecture-and-place-by-zoe-latham/?fbclid=IwAR2xn494gATgkRflGgi5bBt54OIwg3TsUt7xrxoch0LpwAJRm4UbfzztwhA Secular Liturgies
Latham ZE (2018) Casting a Line to the Land.