Chief Executive

Sophia joined The Glass-House as Chief Executive in 2005. She is an impassioned champion of design quality and enabler of design practices that empower people and organisations and that help communities thrive. She is also a leader in the field of research on community-led, participatory and co-design practices.  

Sophia plays an active role in designing and delivering our support to communities and practitioners, our events and in co-designing research, innovation and resources. She is also an active spokesperson and enabler for our mission, contributing regularly to external events, panels and advisory groups and to policy responses.

Sophia has lived and worked in the UK, US and Italy. Her background is in architecture and urbanism, education, community and voluntary sector work and in multiculturalism.

Sophia de Sousa