A native Philadelphian, Sophia grew up in University City and became enamored with the Victorian homes around her. Sophia quickly became interested in recreating these homes on paper, particularly in plan. This became the precursor to a fixation; ‘doodling’ architectural floorplans on all her notebooks. When it came to applying for colleges, the field of architecture was a no-brainer.
Sophia received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2022 with a minor in Architectural History. Her interest in sustainability drove her to join Penn State’s Students for Environmentally Friendly Design (SEED), and in her fourth year she successfully applied for a Student Engagement Network grant along with other club members in order to attend the Greenbuild Conference and Exposition. At this convention, Sophia gained additional knowledge on the future of green building by connecting with professionals who are leading in advancements of eco-friendly design.
Eager to explore different environments and seek out new opportunities, Sophia spent her last year of schooling abroad. For the first semester abroad, Sophia attended the DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia school in Copenhagen. In Denmark, Sophia studied the minimalist and naturalistic architecture of Scandinavia. She loved living in a city designed for bikers and pedestrians and taking one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world everyday to studio. She traveled south to a warmer climate to study in Rome at the Pantheon Institute, conveniently located in the heart of Rome. In Rome she was surrounded by centuries of architecture to learn from and enjoyed the delicious food and aperitivo.
Since her first year of study, she has interned at The Sheward Partnership and primarily worked on affordable housing projects, education, and The Sheward Partnership Office! TSP has given her the opportunities to develop her skills and engage with the practicalities of environmental design.
In her free time, Sophia enjoys playing tennis and is an avid Amtrak user to visit different cities with friends.
Below are renderings from her fourth-year collaborative project, working alongside another architecture student and two students in landscape architecture. The intent of this project, Renewed Fabric, followed a vision to reweave the urban fabric of Downtown Cleveland through a new mixed-use development.
During her and her group’s trip to Cleveland, they were able to experience the city’s unique urban character of towers, markets, arcades, and gateways: all which were formative to the history of Cleveland and endured numerous decades of metropolitan decay and disinvestment. These forms inspired the group dive deep into the history of the site, to consider the socio-economic forces that shaped it over time, and to study how this history could inform a path forward.
We are excited to have Sophia back in the office with us. Welcome, officially, to the team, Sophia!