PhD researcher & Project Lead, Queensland University of Technology

From an architectural and building design background, Sofie has a range of experience in Industry, working for the government, NFP and private commercial clients. Her experience includes the master planning and design of residential, retirement living, retail, mixed-use, education and urban development projects.

Currently undertaking a Ph.D at QUT, her research focuses on the relationship between urban planning and design features of an environment and how they impact on people's positive or negative emotional responses (happiness) and well-being. This is coined 'urban happiness'. Recent research has included a pilot study on the self-reported happiness of people within urban environments. Her current research area focuses on this connection between planning, design and happiness at various scales of urban development, including inner urban, suburban and peri-urban sites (brownfield and Greenfield).

Her passion is shaping cities to increase user happiness, productivity and engagement through quality planning and design outcomes. Whilst also considering factors such as urban growth management, urban strategy and social sustainability. She is particularly involved in promoting the value of research led design and quality urban environments that increase happiness and thus a healthy population.


  • 2017–present
    Project Lead / Urban Design, Peddle Thorp Architects
  • 2017–present
    PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2016–2017
    Project Lead, Alleanza Architecture
  • 2015–2016
    Architecture Graduate, Blueprint Architects
  • 2014–2015
    Architecture Student, Blueprint Architects
  • 2009–2013
    Marketing, Source Co Group


  • 2015 
    Queensland University of Technology, Masters of Architecture
  • 2013 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Design (Architecture, second Major Landscape Architecture)


  • 2018
    Images of urban happiness: A pilot study in the self-representation of happiness in urban spaces, Common Ground Research Networks

Professional Memberships

  • Gold Coast Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Queensland Building and Construction Commission
  • Brisbane Development Association
  • Council for Tall Buildings Urban Habitat


Golden Key Honours Society Asia Pacific