Sophie leads a team to design, manage, coordinate, and deliver primary and secondary school projects.
As chair of RIBA Bristol and Bath, she organises events and socials for local RIBA members and helps to feedback their experiences at a regional and national level.
Sophie also works with final year Part 1 students as an associate lecturer at UWE Bristol.
In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors hiking, cycling, camping, swimming and snowboarding.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
I am a classically trained violinist. I was quite serious about it as a teenager but wasn’t able to continue playing whilst I studied architecture. After I qualified as an architect, I decided to revisit it and now play in an orchestra. I often think how fantastic a career as a professional orchestral violinist would be – I’d love to play in an orchestra doing film scores.
What is the current big trend in the Schools sector?
Government funded projects are now required to be Net Zero Carbon in operation. This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to become more involved in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and off-site construction.
Best networking event you’ve been to?
Tobermore hosted an excellent go-karting event – we had the whole place to ourselves and spent an evening whizzing around the track!
Best book you’ve read?
I absolutely love reading and blitz through a lot of fiction, but nothing comes close to the immersive world of Harry Potter!
99% Invisible is a beautiful podcast about the architecture and design of the things in our world we don’t always pay attention to. Did you know the American department store Sears used to sell mail order houses that you could put together yourself? Maybe this was the start of off-site construction!
- RIBA Branch Chair for Bristol and Bath