Lea Soret

Léa Soret (1993) studied Architecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille, France and obtained her master’s degree in 2017. After her graduation, Léa worked as an architect in Lille for a few months before deciding to move to Amsterdam to start a master of Urbanism at the Academie van Bouwkunst. While studying, Léa worked within different offices to explore the tools and limits of her practice. Indeed, during her education she worked with FABRICations, but also URHAHN and the Vereniging Deltametropool.

Léa presented her urban design master’s thesis in the summer of 2021. Her graduation project “New Equilibrium, a rural strategy for the ‘Vallées, coteaux et plateaux du Pays d’Auge’” - is a ‘research by design’ project which allies landscape, agriculture, stakeholders, urban development and new infrastructure through precise interventions over a whole valley - which is only made possible thanks to an in-depth stakeholder analysis, scenario planning, the search for a new “business model”, and systemic and integrated thinking. Léa also used this expertise in order to join a competition for a critical area, in Saint-Etienne (France), subject to flooding and in need for urban renewal. Together with two fellow colleagues and friends from the Academie, they won the first prize, and they will be involved in the future plans for the city.

Léa joined H+N+S in January 2022, where she is working as an Urban Designer and is mainly focusing on large-scale integral projects where urban design and landscape problematics mix and merge. She has a fascination for in-depth and site-specific investigation, searching for what is going to be the leverages and keystones for project development, while combining it with the opportunities it might bring to local and future stakeholders, the environment, climate and living quality. She likes to work from the large scale to the small one, and vice-versa and uses this versatile expertise throughout different projects: in very dense (or not) urban setting, landscape, deltas, river valleys, and gets a lot of energy from multidisciplinary collaboration with Dutch and foreign professionals.

Although she finished her education, Léa is still involved with the Amsterdam Academie van Bouwkunst as a project teacher for urban designer’s students. Beside work, Léa can be found in Amsterdam, visiting local markets and cooking diners for friends, together with a lot of sporting wherever the city allows it.