Sophie Cleland

ARM Architecture
<p>I am a registered architect in Victoria and South Australia, and am highly motivated in engaging with communities through architecture on public projects. I have worked at many scales from institutional, public-realm, urban and regional projects to mixed use and multi-residential developments.<br /> My role as project leader allows opportunities to collaborate with clients, design teams and contractors, ensuring everyone can engage with the design process and participate in realising the project’s ambitions. This extends from engaging politicians with design ideas to mentoring graduates. I enjoy being part of the positive impact design can have on people and places. Before becoming an architect, I worked in advertising in Australia and South East Asia. This taught me clear communication skills, marketing, and creative and real-time problem solving, all of which apply to my work within architecture.<br /> Working with ARM for 20 years, my projects have included additions to the National Museum of Australia, and Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct renewal. Architecture provides unique opportunities to be part of creating community and I enjoy the unpredictable challenges within projects. When working in Port Hedland on Wanangkura Stadium, one site visit during construction included pitching in to sandbag against an incoming cyclone. I take a broad approach to architecture, design and building, being adaptive, and using the varied perspectives of a wider team to create rewarding outcomes.</p>
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