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Sonia Nicolson-Gudrúnarson - Architect, Educator, Digital Content Creator (& new Mum) living in Reykjavik, 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, including previously a year completing her Masters of Architecture in Japan, she returned to the UK and was welcomed by the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) as Head of 1st year BA Interior Architectural Design, visiting India with their International Recruitment team and as an academic for the British Council. 

Inspired by travel and a love of Architecture, Sonia took her 10+ years of Interior, Architecture and Design education experience and set up; a place to inspire, connect and support students and young designers alike.

Sonia Nicolson Layoutlines Reykjavik office

Since then, Layoutlines has grown and travelled as Sonia followed her heart and relocated to Reykjavik, Iceland where she continues to share her passion - turning it into a full time freelancing career. Layoutlines works as a Creative Hub producing illustrations, photography, videography, courses and workshops, and design projects for private clients and in collaboration with local Icelandic companies including Max Factor, OPI, Sally Hansen, Ísey Skyr, Tiny Viking, Perlan ‘Wonders of Iceland’, ZO.ON Iceland, Hidden Iceland and CCP Games.

A great believer in the art of hand drawing, Sonia launched her online shop of prints and products back in 2014 and continues to add new collections. 

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. 



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

AUB recruitment visit, Iceland 2016

Tjarnarbíó, Iceland 2016

AUB recruitment visit, India 2016

Indian Design Tour, British Council 2015

AUB recruitment visit, Iceland 2015

AUB recruitment visit, India and Nepal 2015

AUB recruitment visit, India and Thailand 2014

IIT Delhi 2013


‘Portfolio Preparation’, ‘Creative Thinking & Problem Solving’, ‘Presentation Skills’, ‘Architectural Lettering & Drafting’, ‘Hand Drawing & Sketchbook Making’, ‘Physical Model Making’ and ‘Calligraphy & Brush Lettering’.

Collaborations with

OPI Iceland, Ergobaby, ZO.ON Iceland, Ísey skyr, Panorama Glass Lodge, Bubble Hotel, Mountain Vodka, CCP Games FanFest, Firmoo Optical Store, Sónar Reykjavik, The Secret Lagoon, Wake Up Reykjavik ‘Food Walk’, Hidden Iceland, Perlan - Wonders of Iceland