Finding ways to navigate from theoretical expertise to practical and applied expertise:
Growing up in a family with generations in medical practice, Sophia discovered her passion for architecture during an internship 1996. Since then Sophia received formal and informal education in Germany and the US. At Arizona State University she was honored by the Henry Adams Certificate for graduating on top of her (Master of Architecture) class in 2005.
Throughout her education Sophia interned in design and construction firms; worked in steel and wood shops, and designed and built installations from land art to neon glass art. Sophia refined her professional skills during her years as intern, project manager, and project architect with many award winning projects at Architekton 2002-2011.
Her work often brought her close to the healing roots of her family. Her Master Thesis titled “Stress and Studios” was presented and published nationally as recipient of the EDRA student paper award. She worked on urban installations to create little moments in nature. In her spare time Sophia earned certifications as Yoga Instructor, Life Coach, and Ski Patroller. Sophia continues to read extensively about health and psychological research, always on the lookout for intersections with her architectural practice. While Sophia has worked on several healthcare related projects, she is more interested in the impact of architecture and design to health in our everyday lives. The communities we live in, the places we work in, and the places we call home.