Since joining Heatherwick Studio in 2011, Lisa has led a diverse range of projects that are each socially-minded and have a strong community focus.
Current projects that Lisa is responsible for include a vision for the future of Nottingham City Centre, the transformation of a life sciences research hub in Surrey, and a pioneering new office building in Madrid that is on target to be net zero-energy. She has also led the studio’s competition-winning design for a new centre for culture, work and leisure in Utrecht.
In 2021, Phase 1 of 1000 Trees completed, which is part of a 3 million sqft that Lisa has led since the concept stage. The tree-topped mixed-use development is located next to Shanghai’s M50 art district and includes retail, workspace, a hotel, parkland and the conservation of four historic buildings. Phase 2 will be completed in 2024.
Prior to this, Lisa completed the transformation of London’s Coal Drops Yard, which comprised the restoration and redevelopment of two Victorian industrial buildings to create a new retail quarter and public space in King’s Cross. Throughout the project she worked closely with the developer, local authority, community groups, heritage bodies and stakeholders to introduce a unifying public space through the addition of a curving roof that stitches the buildings and the site together.
Lisa has also led several research studies within the studio, including a piece of work exploring a community-based alternative to prison for women, and a proposal for the integration of people-centred national health services on the high street.
In 2015 the studio created the role of Group Leader to support the growth in scale and number of its projects. Working with Thomas Heatherwick, Group Leaders, including Lisa, are responsible for leading all aspects of a portfolio of projects from concept development through to delivery. They are also part of the studio’s senior management group, guiding business strategy, planning and process.
Education and Qualifications
ARB Registered Architect
DipArch, Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
BSc Architecture, University College London, UK