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Sophia Ceneda

Sophia takes an interest in innovative materials and technologies which can be used to minimise environmental impact. With her background as a researcher, she prefers to use evidence-based design and data to inform design choices. She also writes about sustainability and environment, helping to summarise complex topics for colleagues and collaborate with other consultants and practitioners.

Sophia has been our Sustainability Lead since 2019 and has spearheaded our efforts to reduce carbon emissions in both our projects as well as in our offices. She has developed an internal toolkit to help interrogate our design options, gathered information to help benchmark building components, and also helps to train staff on decarbonisation, whilst working towards achieving net-zero design.

Sophia is Project Lead for Graven Hill, a 2000-unit masterplan project with a strong emphasis on green spaces, including woodland, allotments and a network of cycle and footpaths. The first pioneer units were featured on Grand Design series ‘The Street.’

Sophia is an active member of ACAN and a member of LETI and has contributed to several industry-wide initiatives to improve best design practice in the context of the climate emergency. She qualified in 2013 after studying at London Met University and the Graduate School of Environment at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales. She is Expert Assessor in the Environmental Sustainability category of the New London Awards 2024.

Sophia is the co-designer of Angle House (her own home), which was designed to Passivhaus principles and has received the New London Architecture Award for dwellings in 2020 and received an Honorary mention for Sustainable Design from Haringey Council in 2021.

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