Joseph Zeal-Henry is a designer, urbanist and curator whose practice advocates for a more equitable built environment through policy and cultural production. His unique multi-disciplinary practice bridges public service and art.
He has written for Dezeen, Casabella, and Architectural Review. In addition to his role with the Greater London Authority’s Culture Team, he is a cofounder of Sound Advice, an ‘extra-institutional’ platform exploring new forms of spatial practice through music.
In 2022, the British Council selected Joseph to co-curate the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 alongside Jayden Ali, Meneesha Kellay and Sumitra Upham. Their pavilion, Dancing Before the Moon, explores the need for architecture to look beyond buildings and economic structures and toward everyday social practices, customs, and traditions to meaningfully reflect how people use and occupy space.
Joseph works for the mayor of London in the Culture and Creative Industries Unit, delivering new cultural infrastructure for the city. He works on the New London Museum, East Bank, and the Thames Estuary Production Corridor. He cofounded the social enterprise platform Sound Advice alongside Pooja Agrawal to explore new forms of spatial practice through music. In 2020 they published the book NOW YOU KNOW. He is a trustee of UD Music, a charity that empowers and harnesses opportunities for young people through Black music culture.