Sophie is an architect and designer, living, practicing, teaching, drawing and exploring in London.
As well as being part of the Regent’s University London Interior Design course team, Sophie holds a Senior Lecturer position at Brighton University.
Sophie is curious about the threshold between the interior and the city and the range in scale and atmosphere of ‘internal spaces’, from a domestic setting to public spaces. How can our designs reflect the transient urban lifestyle of today and respond to the social and environmental challenges we are facing?
As a practicing architect, Sophie has worked on a number of high profile retail and commercial projects including interiors for Selfridges Birmingham and O2’s Mobile Applications Development Centre as well as educational and residential projects.
- MArch in Professional Practice (Architecture), Bartlett School, University College London (UCL), 2004
- Part 3 Professional Practice & Management, Bartlett School, UCL, 2003
- Diploma in Architecture, Bartlett School, UCL, 2000
- BSc Architecture, Bartlett School, UCL, 1997
- Pre- Diploma in Architecture, Technical University of Munich, 1995
- European Baccalaureate, European School Munich, 1993
Relevant Past Employment
- 2020 – current: Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster, London
- 2009 - current: Senior Lecturer, BA Interior Architecture, University of Brighton
- 2005-2009: Visiting Lecturer, BA Interior Architecture, London Metropolitan University
- 2001-2002: Visiting Lecturer, BA Architecture, University of Greenwich
- 2014-2017: Senior Architect & Practice Director, Figure / Ground Architects, London
- 2004-2014 : Senior Project Architect, Space Craft Architects, London
- 2000-2004 : Project Architect , eldridge smerin architects, London
- 1997-1999: Part I Architectural Assistant, Michael Hopkins & Partners, London
- Ungerer,S (2016). ‘A two-way street? Investigating the dual nature of the exchange between practice and teaching’, in Charrette 3(2), London, p. 59-69.
- Hinguar Primary School: Design for Future Climate Study (July 2012) (Research study commissioned and published by the Technology Strategy Board, worked on whilst at Space Craft Architects)
'Cropped Cities’ (2004) - Shortlisted entry for the Shrinking Cities - Reinventing Urbanisminternational competition exploring a future for Detroit. In collaboration with Nerma Cridge & Oliver Klimpel.
Project Architect for a variety of architecture and interior projects in the residential, education, retail and masterplanning sector. These included an internal fit out for Selfridges Birmingham, high-end private residential conversion and new-build projects, Hinguar Primary School, Shoeburyness and the temporary transformation of a part of the Ealing Film Studios into a mobile application development facility.
Perceptions of Death in Collective Memory: Numbers | Spaces | Texts
AlumNode funded collaborative research project with mathematician Dr Dr Makrina Agaoglou (Spanish National Research Council,ICMAT) and Dr Sybille Erle, Reader in English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University. The project explores the relevance of and resonances between our disciplines in the times of COVID and how as a society we perceive, construct and represent death and memory in our daily lives.
Interdisciplinary symposium - Prediction, Death and Memory: Numbers | Spaces | Text
Forming part of the collaborative research project, the symposium brought together speakers from a range of disciplines, including mathematics, architecture, social and policy sciences, arts and literature to share and discuss from the perspective of their practice and research, how as a society we perceive, construct and represent death and memory in our daily lives. https://www.icmat.es/congresos/2021/PDM-NST/index.php.
Fear & Hope: The Ways We Live, Love and Work Post Covid-19 (2021)
Workshop for the German Scholarship Foundation in collaboration with Dr Sybille Erle, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. This workshop explored Fairy Tales as a catalyst for speculation about what lies ahead for us as an urban society, using both literature and architecture.
Of Plug-in Cities and Garden Cities - neue Siedlungszentren als Lösung der Housing Crises? (2014)
Workshop delivered for the German Scholarship Foundation exploring the trend towards new towns/garden cities as a solution to the housing crises.
Conference Papers Given
- ‘Prodding the threshold between home and the city’, Housing and the City, Annual International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, Nottingham/Online, November 2020 (in collaboration with Chloe van der Kindere, Westminster University)
- ‘A Question of Complexity, not Scale’, Interior-Inferior-In Theory? (Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory), Berlin, May 2018 (in collaboration with Dr Nerma Cridge, AA/Cambridge School of Arts)
Sophie’s current research interest lie in exploring Interiors as a discipline, with a focus on the space formed by human occupation and interaction. She is particularly interested in the threshold between the interior and our urban environments.
Sophie is part of an interdisciplinary research group including a mathematician and a Reader in Literature, which is exploring the perception of death in collective memory. As part of this AlumNode funded project she recently co-organised an interdisciplinary symposium entitled: Prediction, Death and Memory: Numbers | Spaces | Text.
During her work as Project Architect on the Hinguar Primary School, Sophie won funding from the Technology Strategy Board for a Climate Change study on the project. This very interesting research was carried out in collaboration with the Sustainability Consultant, M&E Engineer and Cost Consultant and looked at opportunities for future proofing the school building and future extension to deal with predicted changes in climate. The results were published by the TSB as part of a wider research body. Sophie is very interested in building on this research and makes sure in her teaching that sustainability becomes an integral part of all student design projects.
Her work on school buildings has also ignited an interest in the relationship between internal spaces and teaching/learning and how this has developed over the years and centuries.
- ARB Registered Architect
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Competitions: 'Cropped Cities’ (2004) - Shortlisted entry for the Shrinking Cities - Reinventing Urbanism international competition exploring a future for Detroit. In collaboration with Nerma Cridge & Oliver Klimpel.
Practice Work: Project Architect for a variety of architecture and interior projects in the residential, education, retail and masterplanning sectors. These included an internal fit out for Selfridges Birmingham, high-end private residential conversion and new-build projects, Hinguar Primary School, Shoeburyness, and the temporary transformation of a part of the Ealing Film Studios into a mobile application development facility.
- Exhibitor at Sites of Encounters (an exhibition of work by researchers), University of Brighton, May 2019
- Exhibitor at Fashion & Design Salon Show 19 @ Knapp Gallery, January 2019
Teaching & Course Development
Sophie is 3rd Year Coordinator and Module Leader for the Level 6 Design and research modules.
She was part of the team developing the documents for the revalidation of the Interior Design Course in summer 2018.
Year 3 (Level 6) tutor & module leader, BA[Hons] Interior Design 2017 – Present
- IND606 Design: Site, Research & Initial Investigations
- IND609 Design: Final Major Project
- IND608 Professional Practice II
- IND611 Technology & Sustainability
- IND512 Professional Practice II