sonia nicolson

about me

Sonia Nicolson-Gudrúnarson is a British Architect, Illustrator, Content Creator (and new Mum) living in Iceland. In 2009, a global recession and a desire for a new challenge led Sonia on an adventure to India where she helped set up and run a number of campuses for Raffles Design Institute. Head of BA Interior Architecture, Sonia was quickly promoted to Academic Director and wrote her first research paper (published by IIT Delhi). After many inspiring travels in Asia, she returned to the UK and was welcomed into the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) as Head of 1st year BA Interior Architecture, visiting India with their recruitment team and the British Council annually. 

Inspired by travel and a love of Architecture, Sonia took her 10+ years working within Architectural Design and Higher Education in the UK, Japan and India to set up Taking her passion and turning it into a full time career, Sonia now creates for private clients and in collaboration with companies including Ísey Skyr, ZO.ON Iceland and CCP Games. A great believer in the art of hand drawing, Sonia launched her online shop of prints and products in 2014. 

Currently living in Iceland with her viking husband, Ingimar, life changed a lot in June 2018 with the birth of baby Mia. Sonia's day now consists of juggling designing and content creation with feeds, cuddles and naps in her home studio in Reykjavik. 

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  • Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2015

  • Academic Member, Society of British + International Design (SBID) 2014

  • Architects Registration Board (ARB) 2009

  • Award for Academic Excellence (1 year scholarship to study in Japan) 2008

  • PG Dip Architecture 2007

  • BA (Hons) Architecture 2006


Past Speaker At

  • Myndlistaskólinn í Reykjavík, Iceland 2017

  • Myndlistaskólinn í Reykjavík, Iceland 2016

  • Tjarnarbíó, Iceland 2016

  • Indian Design Tour, British Council 2015

  • AUB recruitment visit, Iceland 2015

  • AUB recruitment visit, Nepal 2015

  • AUB recruitment visit, India 2014

  • AUB recruitment visit, Thailand 2014

  • IIT Delhi 2013



  • Portfolio Preparation

  • Architectural Lettering

  • Hand Drawing

  • Architectural Drafting

  • Book Binding

  • Physical Model Making

  • Presentation Skills

  • Calligraphy

  • Brush Lettering



  • Ergobaby

  • ZO.ON Iceland

  • Ísey skyr

  • Panorama Glass Lodge, Iceland

  • Bubble Hotel, Reykholt, Iceland

  • Mountain Vodka

  • CCP Games - FanFest

  • Firmoo Online Optical Store

  • Sónar Reykjavik - Music Festival

  • Secret Lagoon, Fluðir, Iceland

  • Wake Up Reykjavik - Food Walk

  • Letraset Tria Marker Pens

  • 3M Scotch Tape

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