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Our People: Zoe Schoenherr.


Bringing research to the forefront.

Zoe has recently joined our Research team, furthering our capabilities along with Sam Wilkinson. We chatted to her about her experience and new role within our firm.

Analysing the interrelationship between people and place…
…has been central to my work for over a decade.

I studied an MFA at Slade School of Art after being awarded a fully funded scholarship. I later trained in MSc Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey.

With my training in critical thinking, philosophy and psychology, my work on people and place spans multiple disciplines including engineering, psychology and architecture.

In my career, I have gained international and national residencies and funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and British Council. I have worked in academic positions, whether as lecturer or creative researcher, at UAL and UCL.

At Hoare Lea I am a Senior Research Consultant…
…in Applied Research and Innovation and I started in March 2022.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to foster innovation within the company and build new relationships in academia and industry.

When I am asked what the term ‘research’ means…
…I always explain how it is expansive. Research means to critique, review, reflect and, most importantly, strive to progress.

I am most interested…
…in seeing people test new ideas, build a deepened purpose or drive in developing research and innovation on social value and sustainability; observing how the resulting work manifests within Hoare Lea.

In my spare time…
…I continue to work across the intersection between behavioural science and arts with a commitment to interrogating the relationship between people and place.

Where science continues to expand my knowledge of the lived experience, the arts enable experimentation, collaboration, and a more comprehensive toolkit for sharing knowledge.

When I am not designing or brainstorming ideas, I spend my time running and having fun with my partner and tiny daughter.