Professor Sonja Oliveira
Areas of Expertise
Energy, Smart neighbourghoods, Sustainability design innovation
Sonja trained in architecture and has held senior sustainability research and design management roles in the UK and internationally.
Sonja has over 20 years’ experience in leading both construction delivery, research and sustainability consultancy of complex multidisciplinary projects ranging in value from £10K-29mil. Sonja is Professor in Architecture and Sustainability Design Innovation at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is also a board member of the Serbian Green Building Council, as well an honorary lecturer at UCL and founding member of the Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability (RAPS).
She is a passionate educator, researcher and practitioner with a firm belief in transforming and innovating across research, practice and learning spectra for sustainability in the designed environment. Sonja’s research addresses overlooked areas of enquiry in architecture including sociology of sustainability design practice, effects of automation and technology on energy design, socio-spatial energy behaviour in housing and visual and aesthetic cultures of sustainability representation in design. Sonja is also Scientific Committee member of the Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) network, member of the European Architecture Research Network(ARENA), Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) and the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA).