Miss Zoe Latham

Zoe Latham

Doctoral Teaching Assistant

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

Zoe Latham is a funded Doctoral Researcher and Associate Lecturer in the Architecture Department at the University of Plymouth.


Zoe Latham is an MPhil/ PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer in the Architecture Department at the University of Plymouth. Zoe’s emerging 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.


(2018 - present) MPhil/ PhD researcher - Architecture

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

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

Teaching interests

(2019) Ba (Hons) Architecture Year 1 Communications

(2017 - present) Ba (Hons) Architecture Year 1 Design Studio

Research interests

- place & landscape urbanism

- embodiment & ritual
- cultural landscapes
- hermeneutic phenomenology
- film as method

Other research

Other academic activities


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".

Research Groups



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

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 PEARL
Other Publications
Latham ZE 2019 Architecture and Place. https://secularliturgies.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/architecture-and-place-by-zoe-latham/?fbclid=IwAR2xn494gATgkRflGgi5bBt54OIwg3TsUt7xrxoch0LpwAJRm4UbfzztwhA Secular Liturgies 01/01/190001/01/1900
Latham ZE 2018 Casting a Line to the Land. 01/01/190001/01/1900

Other academic activities