Sophie Nguyen Architects is a RIBA Chartered practice dedicated to designing spaces that are beautiful, spacious and noble, no matter how small or complex they are.
We are interested in urbanism and housing projects that create desirable places to live in. Our aim is to create engaging buildings that are born of their purpose, their context and their constraints.
Our design process depends on communication; we listen and learn in order to determine the fundamentals driving a project, and evolve our response.
We thrive on collaborative relationships working with a range of technical consultants for each project such as Quantity Surveyors, Structural and Environmental Engineers.
In addition we work regularly with company CCECILE+CO for their insight in social trends.
Sophie is a RIBA Chartered and ARB Registered Architect. She qualified in Paris and worked at Ibos & Vitart Architects here she was Project Architect for the Fine Art Museum ‘Palais des Beaux-Arts’ in Lille, which won the Building of the Year award in 1997.
Sophie moved to London to join Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (formerly Richard Rogers Partnership) during which time she was shortlisted for the Young Architect of the Year award in 1997. Following her 5 years experience at the practice, Sophie worked with Arup Consulting Engineers on several infrastructure projects including including a proposal for a Landmark Tower for the Olympic Park in London and several case studies proposing a modular volumetric construction system, MoVoCoSy, to build high quality housing at low cost.
Sophie set up her company in 2003 becoming a limited company in 2010. Sophie’s experience of working on private houses in London and Paris has given her an understanding of the opportunities confined spaces can offer. Her conviction is that space is a luxury and should be maximized.
Sophie has gained experience in urban planning through her position on the Architects Advisory Panel for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for 5 years. She was also invited by the Borough Planning office to participate in a discussion on the future direction for the design policies of the Borough, and to join the Borough jury for their 2008 Environmental awards.
Mentor at University of Westminster
Sophie is a mentor as part of the Mentoring Scheme at the University of Westminster, which is an opportunity to inspire a student by sharing knowledge, experience and insight.
She has previous teaching experience at the London Metropolitan University School of Architecture and Interior Design where she participated in first year student crits through 1999 and 2000.
Don’t Move Improve 2017
Casa Del Sol was selected for the ‘Don’t Move Improve!’ exhibition at New London Architecture. ‘Don’t Move Improve!’ celebrates London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements.
Archilovers Best Project 2017
Casa Del Sol was selected as one of the Best on Archilovers 2017
London Construction Awards 2017
Sophie Nguyen Architects was finalist for the London Construction Awards in the ‘Architectural Design of theYear’ category.
Best of Houzz Awards 2016
Sophie Nguyen Architects was awarded “Best Of Houzz 2016” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. Sophie Nguyen Architects Ltd portfolio was voted most popular by the 35 million monthly users on Houzz.
The Sunday Times British Homes Award, 2015
“Design. The key to a better place”
‘London Art de Vivre’ by Sophie Nguyen Architects was commended for the One-Off House or Extension, up to 2,500 sq ft Category.
Architect’s Journal Small Projects Award 2003
The ‘Yellow Submarine’ project was shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects Award 2003. The project was selected for the show at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Young Architect of the Year Award, 1997
Sophie Nguyen was shortlisted for the Young Architect of the Year Award and an example of her work was published in ‘Building Design’ magazine in February 1998.
Within Ibos & Vitart Architects, Sophie Nguyen was Project Architect for the design of the facades and the museum display of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, France.
The project was winner of the Equerre d’argent 1997 prize and winner of the DuPont Benedictus 1998 prize.