Sofia Singler

Junior Research Fellow in Architecture
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Sofia Singler trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Yale School of Architecture. She practiced architecture in Boston, MA, with a focus on educational and industrial buildings, before returning to Cambridge to undertake a PhD in architectural history. At Yale, she held the Edward P. Bass Scholarship in Architecture, and at Cambridge, a Gates Cambridge PhD Scholarship.

Her research interests lie in the history and theory of modern architecture, with particular focus on ecclesiastical architecture, Nordic modernism and Alvar Aalto. Singler’s work on Aalto’s unrealised funerary chapels and cemeteries was exhibited at the Alvar Aalto Museum in 2015, and her research on Aalto has been published in various books and journals, such as Architectural History. She currently sits as an elected member on the Alvar Aalto World Heritage Nomination Committee, which seeks to advance the appointment of Aalto’s buildings to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Modern architecture; Ecclesiastical architecture; Architectural education

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At Yale, Singler held multiple Teaching Fellowships, both in the architectural design studio and in graduate seminar classes. Singler previously served as Director of Studies in Architecture at Pembroke College, Cambridge and at Girton College, Cambridge.

Currently she teaches History and Theory papers in Parts IA, IB and II of the Architecture Tripos, and supervises Part II dissertations. In 2018 she was course lecturer and examiner for Part IA Paper I, Histories and Theories of Architecture Pre-1800.


MA (Cantab), MArch



Edward P. Bass Scholarship in Architecture (Yale University, 2014); Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2016); Commendation, RIBA Eyeline Competition (2016)


Alvar Aalto Society (elected member); Alvar Aalto World Heritage Nomination Committee (elected member); Finnish Society of Architects (SAFA, junior member); Cambridge Philosophical Society


“Building Alvar Aalto’s Church of the Three Crosses (1955–58)”