Sophia Le

Sophia Le

New York, New York




My name is Sophia Le and I am a student at Columbia University pursuing my Masters in Advanced Architectural Design at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Prior to my current education, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in May 2021.

At Cal Poly Pomona, I was a full time Track and Field student-athlete during my first three years of school. My role as an NCAA Division II Track and Field athlete shows my ability to work cooperatively in groups by being supportive of my teammates. I was able to translate these lessons from the track and take them into the classroom by acknowledging the importance of time management. Additionally, I was a student TA for Second Year Design Studio and Architecture History: World Architecture before the Renaissance. My role as a TA allowed me to be a leader for students struggling in both of these courses, along with being a reliable student for my professors. Additional leadership roles include being a representative of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well as the student board at Cal State University Firenze, during my year abroad in Italy, to bridge the gap between the student body and administration to further bringing awareness to concerns by the students. This past year I worked diligently with a team of motivated individuals to establish the largest NOMAS Club (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students) in the western region at Cal Poly Pomona, where we ended up winning Chapter of the Year in 2021. Our dedication to creating a successful club stemmed from our desire to promote inclusivity and diversity, and provide students with better access to work opportunities, while also bringing awareness to different social issues. Through NOMAS, I served as a Bootcamp Mentor during the NOMAS Project Pipeline project to introduce High School students to the profession of architecture, teaching them basic skills through fun and interactive activities and workshops. I am currently working with my peers at Columbia to establish a new chapter of NOMAS here at GSAPP as well. 

In 2021, I was selected as one of Metropolis’ Future 100 for my quality of work and vision for the future of architecture. My goal as an architect is to push the boundaries of traditional architecture to improve the quality of life that different projects breathe. I want to challenge norms and produce more innovative solutions to problems to create greater discussion within the architecture community, while still being respectful of the world around us.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if my experience and qualifications interest you




• Reorganize floor plan layouts
• Design facade variations for buildings
• Building form variations with Sketch Up
• Responsible for conducting research for prospective projects

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

KATRINTERSTEGEN, Los Angeles, CA, US, Summer Intern

• Initiated ideas during Schematic Design Phase
• Implemented design skills to create different building typologies
• Responsible for completing models and drawings for client presentations
• Fulfilled clerical work by delivering important documents

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018


Columbia University, New York, New York, Masters, Advanced Architectural Design

Jun 2021 - current

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Sep 2016 - May 2021


Metropolis Future 100, Nomination


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