Sophie Hamer

Sophie Hamer

Basel, CH



I am a design architect with an aptitude for bringing together the spatial, aesthetic, logical and ethical aspects of architectural projects to deliver refined spaces and atmospheres.

I am currently based Europe, working worldwide on architectural and interiors projects. I am also a freelance writer working in the areas of design, architecture and interiors. 

I am currently working as a Senior Architect and Interior Design Leader at Oppenheim Architecture Europe, focused on commercial and residential projects. Previously, I spent five years with Auckland practice Fearon Hay, specialising in Hotel/Hospitality and Multi-Residential projects

In 2015 I founded Portico, a website for aspiring architects, providing resources, inspiration and support for aspiring architects on their unique architecture journeys. Portico goes beyond standard 'how-to' resources, seeking to make architectural education accessible, and grappling with specific aspects including mental health, tutor relationships and career decisions. Portico has provided a platform for a broad, international network of aspiring architects  to connect, reach out, and extend their knowledge and design thinking.

My independent research focuses on relationships between architectural practice and education. In particular, I am interested in and in how a sense of self is cultivated through and plays a part in design processes, and how the how relationships between learning, doing, and experiencing affect how we produce architecture. I am also interested in the contexts and values that inform architectural practice. I take great joy in teaching and supporting student and young architect development, and in investigating alternative pedagogies that facilitate richer outcomes for students. I hope to pursue further research in these areas in the future. 



Oppenheim Architecture Europe, Basel, CH, Senior Architect, Interior Design Leader

Mar 2019 - current

Fearon Hay Architects, Auckland, NZ, Architect, Team Leader

May 2014 - Feb 2019

Andrew Sexton Architects, Wellington, NZ, Architectural Graduate

Aug 2012 - May 2014


Jun 2019 - Jul 2019

Victoria University of Wellington, MArch, Master of Architecture (Professional)

Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

Victoria University of Wellington, Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)

Jan 2007 - May 2011

Areas of Specialization