sonia nicolson BArch, pg dip Arch, ARB, FHEA, SBId

sonia nicolson

sonia nicolson

BA (Hons) Architecture, PG Dip Arch, accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) + Academic Member of the Society of British + International Design (SBID)

With a passion for travel and the drive to test her boundaries, Sonia has lived in the UK, Japan, India and Iceland, working within architecture and higher education. Her taste for adventure started whilst travelling in Asia and Australia. With her undergrad from De Montfort University complete and RIBA Part I work placement logged, she returned to Scotland enrolling in a RIBA Part II Post Graduate program at the Edinburgh College of Art. Sonia received an award for Academic Excellence and a one year scholarship to complete her architectural education in Japan where she studied under the architect Shinichi Ogawa. After graduating, she went on to complete her RIBA Part III chartered exams in an Edinburgh practice, working on a range of residential and commercial projects.

A global recession and a desire for a new challenge led her to India where she helped set up and run over 3 campuses for the education corporation; Raffles Design Institute. Running the BA Interior Architecture course, Sonia was promoted to acting Academic Director and wrote her first research paper (published by IIT Delhi). With strong connections in India, Sonia was welcomed into the Arts University Bournemouth where she was Head of 1st year BA Interior Architecture, making regular visits to India with the British Council and the international recruitment team. 

Supporting, education + inspiring students young designers + creative entrepreneurs 

sonia layoutlines

Layoutlines was founded in 2009 whilst Sonia was living in India. As a British chartered Architect, moving from Architecture into Academia, she dreamt of creating a place that inspired and supported both Students and Young Designers in their studies and career path. Taking her industry knowledge and educational experience, she created a site dedicated to those Designers which aims to encourage, support and inspire. With over 7 years experience as a Senior Lecturer, Sonia brings this into to her Online School of e-courses. Layoutlines offers content from product recommendations, online tutorials, project briefs, an online library of templates, student advice, career information and some fun from life in Iceland. 

Sonia currently lives in Reykjavik sharing weekly 'Living in Iceland' vlogs on her YouTube Channel.

I share my experience to assist you in yours



Trained as an Architect, Sonia offers Architecture + Interior projects for private clients and works with design teams internationally. With a love of collage and numerous other creative processes, Sonia works to problem solve and visualise space to best arrive at a functional and atheistically pleasing solution. A firm believer in the beauty and simplicity of hand drawing, she also creates commissions which often incorporate her calligraphy too.

Collaborating on a video or featuring your venue, trip or product is a great way to gain exposure. Email me to discuss video work and features in the weekly vlog and YouTube channel.

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