Sophie Ungerer

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Position: Lecturer
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Faculty: Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Professional Biography

Sophie is an architect and designer, living, practicing, teaching, drawing and exploring in London.

As well as being part of the Regent’s University 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


  • 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

Architectural Practice:

  • 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

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • ARB Registered Architect
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Course Development

Sophie is module leader for the Level 6 design and research modules and Level 6 Professional Practice and Portfolio.

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, BA[Hons] Interior Design 2017 – Present

  • IND602 Professional Practice & Portfolio
  • IND603 Interior Design Study
  • IND604 Major Design Project: Feasibility
  • IND605 Major Design Project

Research Interests

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 globalisation and digitalisation of our cities and how digital technologies have impacted on the design and fabrication of Interior space. Currently this is investigated through looking at a series of case studies such as Diller + Scorfidio’s interactive Brasserie and the Random International’s RainRoom.

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.


  • 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)

Other Outputs

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 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.

Conference Papers Given

‘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)

Last updated: 17 October 2018