Sophie is a Strategy and Sustainability Advisor at Cairns Regional Council and holds a Bachelor Science in Architecture (USyd) and qualifications in Sustainability. She has practised in the areas of urban design, strategic planning, economic development and sustainability for over 20 years in local government and private industry and is a former member of the Cairns Urban Design Advisory Board. Sophie has a passion for design as a means to respond to our urban environment through tropical urbanism, climate responsive built form, coastal adaptation, and smart cities technologies. Her aspiration is for the TUDLab to provide a vehicle for collaboration between Council and James Cook University building on their Memorandum of Understanding, and working together with industry to share knowledge and expertise towards Cairns as a world leader in tropical urbanism.

Sophie was an integral part of the team that won the National Planning Institute (PIA) award for Special Project for Tropical Urbanism. She also worked as part of the City of Sydney’s City Projects team on one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia as part of the urban design upgrades for the 2000 Olympic Games.

Sophie has also authored a number of publications and guides including ‘Cool Homes: In the tropics’, ‘Retrofitting Guide for Sustainability’ and ‘Safe Design of Structures’. She has presented at National Conferences on Tropical Urbanism, Electric Vehicles, Safe Design and Coastal Hazard Adaptation. Sophie has a particular interest in Tropical Urbanism, Smart Cities, Sustainability and Innovation.