Dr Sofia Singler

Sofia Singler

Assistant Professor of Architecture, College Lecturer in Architecture
SpecialisationHistory and theory of architecture, Modern and contemporary architecture, The Aaltos, Sámi architecture
Research interestsDr Singler’s specialism is Aalto scholarship — the critical analysis of the architecture, urbanism, design and thought of Finnish modernists Alvar, Aino and Elissa Aalto and their associates. Her other research interests lie in the histories and theories of modern architecture, Indigenous architectures, architectural criticism, and architectural pedagogies for children. She is currently engaged in two main research projects, one on the post-construction ‘afterlives’ of Aalto buildings, and the other on contested notions of contemporaneity in Sámi public buildings.

Informing and informed by her academic research, Dr Singler is also actively engaged in curating architecture. Major exhibitions include Città dei Morti — City of the Dead at the Alvar Aalto Museum (2015) — and, most recently, Alvar Aalto in Deutschland: Gezeichnete Moderne/Alvar Aalto in Germany: Drawing Modernism at the Tchoban Foundation in Berlin (2023). She also served as academic adviser and presenter for the feature-length documentary film, 'AALTO' (dir. Virpi Suutari, 2020).

Dr Singler lectures and supervises widely across the Architecture Tripos, particularly for historical-theoretical papers, and supervises MArch and MAUS students. She also teaches research methods to graduate students and serves as a tutor and examiner for the MSt Apprenticeship in Architecture.
Office: Room 4, Merton Hall