lilia sodré:  Higher Education Strategic Space Planner

An architect and urban designer with experience in Brazil, New York, and Asia. Graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, and holds a Master's degree from Federal Fluminense University focusing on design processes.

The professional journey began in São Paulo, working as a project manager and space planner for large-scale corporate projects, alongside various single-family residential projects. In the early 2000s, spent five productive years in New York, gaining extensive experience in mixed-use building projects, including design, expediting, and construction of multi-family buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Subsequently, spent three years based in Hong Kong and New York, collaborating with a corporate design team in the Asia Pacific region as a Strategic Designer. Responsibilities included Conceptual Design for all Planning and Design aspects of projects ranging from 20,000SF to 3,000,000SF. This involved a conceptual approach, brief development, and concept design for both small and large-scale corporate interior projects, standalone buildings, and greenfield campuses. 

Following this, pursued a master’s degree from Federal Fluminense University focusing on conceptual approaches within the design process. Additionally, successfully participated in a Public Competition for Urban Revitalization of local low-income settlements, contributing to its implementation.

Since then, has been involved in various residential building projects, interior design projects, constructions, and renovations in New York City. Additionally, engaged in product design such as furniture and modular shelving systems, featuring modular blocks known as cobogós + green walls, showcased on architectureofobjects.com.

Currently works in the higher education sector as a strategic designer and space planner at CUNY - the City University of New York - FPCM - Facilities Planning, Construction, Management - Planning Department.


+   strategic design
+   space planning
+   project management
+   urban design
+   master planning
+   concept design
+   interior design
+   product design
+   sustainability


+   principal designer @ llll lilia sodre, Rio de Janeiro/New York

+   strategic planner - CUNY FPCM Planning, @ cuny.edu, New York, 2023 to present
+   space planner - FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology, @ fitnyc.edu, New York, 2022
+   design manager @dd+g - design development group, New York, 2017-2022
+   associate @ z architecture, New York, 2016
+   project designer @ oda architecture, New York, 2015
+   concept designer @ future developers group, New York, 2014
+   associate - urban designer @ insite arquitetos, Rio de Janeiro, 2011-2013
+   strategic designer @ mmoser associates , Hong Kong, 2011-2012
+   urban designer @ mpu - jorge mario jáuregui, Rio de Janeiro, 2010
+   space planning consultant @ aw athié wohnrath, Rio de Janeiro, 2010
+   strategic designer @ mmoser associates, New York & Hong Kong, 2007-2009
+   project designer @ robert scarano architect, New York, 2003-2007 
+   space planner @ aw athié wohnrath, São Paulo, 1999-2003 


+  bachelor: architecture and urban planning from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, 1989) 
+  master degree: architecture from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF, 2012)

+   internship exchange @ Columbia University, New York, 2011

+   monitoring @ UFF, Niteroi, 2011 : Monitoring – Theory of Architecture History
+   teaching @ UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1997-1999 : Architecture Form studies 1 and 2


+   Morar Carioca Program: concepts and practice for re-urbanization, RJ, 2010

+   Design Award - SARA NY: 354 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn , NY, 2005

+   Rio Cidade 2 Competition: proposals for the urban revitalization, Grajaú, RJ, 1997
+   Ópera Prima Award: project Praça 11, urban revitalization, RJ, 1989