Sonja's background in creating meaningful and healthy spaces can be found in her over 20 year of experience as a designer; shaping spaces for connection, healing and overall well-being. She is a Principal with Shepley Bulfinch and also provides consulting services through Lens Strategy, a consulting studio within Shepley Bulfinch.

An avid speaker, instructor, leader and writer, Sonja promotes thoughtfulness and leading-edge innovations of holistic design with a focus on human health and wellness. Her interior design portfolio includes award-winning educational, community, international, cultural, residential and corporate spaces. Sonja’s designs and workshops integrate leading edge principles of biophilia (passion for life), mindfulness, evidence based design, storytelling and sustainability to create holistic places of wellness, inspiration and transformation.

 With her design, approach and workshops informed much in part by her expertise as a certified master-level yoga teacher and Reiki master, she brings a unique, effective and thoughtful approach in mindfulness for the projects. Sonja is also able to effectively facilitate leadership, community and project design workshops.

Her work spans from advisory, body-centered and educational work-sessions, initial concept development, planning, full interior-design services, artwork and furniture integration, product design and consulting- and is informed by the latest research relative to design and human emotional, physiological and physical health. 

Sonja partners with leading researchers, architects, landscape designers and other professionals, continuing to help evolve and expand the research and metrics that is relevant to the value of wellness, and of well-designed spaces leading to overall human well-being. She has also served on numerous panels and has been a prominent leader at major design and architecture firms and served in such groups as Interior Design’s Healthcare and Wellness Council, presented at the Healthcare Design Conference, Neocon World Trade Show, Living Future Conference and volunteers for several non-profit organizations including on the advisory leadership council for the ILFI Biophilic Design Initiative:

 An Arizona native, Sonja lives with family in Tempe AZ., and enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking and photography in the Sonoran desert.



Designing and Building a Biophilic World - Bioneers San Rafael, CA., October 18, 2019

The Role of Empathy in Corporate Real Estate - 2019 Corenet Global Summit Anaheim CA. October 2019

Regenerating a Biophilic Design Process - 2020 Living Future UnConference Seattle WA., May 2020


Creating Optimal Integration of Biophilic Design in Healthcare Environments - Healthcare Facilities Symposium Boston MA. September 2019

Biophilic design workshops - Cultivate 2019, Columbus Ohio. July 2019

An ideal biophilic design process BRE Wellness and Biophilia Symposium, Watford, UK.  June 2019

The Biophilic Design Process Living Future Conference, Seattle WA.  May 2019

People and Places USGBC Georgia Regenerative Design Summit, Atlanta GA.  October 2018  

Biophilia, WELL, Fitwel, and the Living Building Challenge – Your Next Business Opportunity, Cultivate! Green Plants for Green Buildings, Columbus Ohio.  July 2018     

Biophilic Design Integration; from Macro to Micro and the Spaces inbetween,Living Product Expo, Pittsburgh PA.  September 2018         

Maximizing Human and Ecological Health in the Built Environment, The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Pittsburgh PA.  October 2018                 

                                          Biophilic Design Summit, Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh PA.  March 9, 2018                                              

                            Future Food: A new Outlook on Health, Wellness and Nutrition in the Built Environment, Living Future,                                Portland OR.  May 2018  

Integrating the built and natural environments for human and environmental health: what building rating systems can teach us, National Council for Science and the Environment - National Conference and Global Forum, Washington DC. January 2018

Design as Medicine: Upstream Drivers of Health, Greenbuild, Boston MA., Nov. 2017

Design is Medicine: Upstream Drivers of Health, Healthcare Design and Expo, Orlando FL., Nov. 2017

Connecting to Nature; Biophilia and the Living Building Challenge, World Green Building Week, Webcast. Sept. 26, 2017

Battle of the Bios - Biomimicry vs Biophilia, Living Building Challenge Sonoran Collaborative, Phoenix, AZ. Sept. 2017

Innovation and Market Disruption: Lessons from the Field, Living Product Expo, Pittsburgh PA., Sept.

Your Customer's Brain on Nature - A Biophilic Design Workshop, Green Plants for Green Buildings, Columbus OH.,

Biophilic Design and Healthcare, Rio Salado Audubon Center, Phoenix AZ. May 2, 2017

Healing People, Place and Planet through Biophilic Design, One Health One Planet Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. April 2017

Using Biophilia in the Built Environment to Address Human and Environmental Health, National Council for Science and the Environment - National Conference and Global Forum, Washington DC. January 2017

Designing with Nature; How Biophilic Design Improves Lives, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley, Global Institute of Sustainability , Tempe AZ., February 2017

Biophilic Design, Interior Design Educators Council, Scottsdale Arizona. October 21, 2016.

Biophilic Design: Improving Occupant Happiness and Productivity!, COAA: Construction Owners Association Conference, Atlanta GA. November 2016

How LBC Plays with WELL; Creating Happiness in the Workplace, Living Future UnConference, Seattle WA., May 2016.

Biophilic Design Initiative Summit, Living Future UnConference, Seattle WA., May 2016.

Climate Change & Biophilia: A New Model for Public Gardens, American Public Garden Association, Miami FL., 2016.

Alchemy of Souls and Spaces - A New Model for Creating Joyful Environments, First Western Enrichment Series, Scottsdale, AZ. April 2016.

Connecting Human & Environmental Health through Biophilia, USGBC Green Schools Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. April 2016.

Wellness in the WorkPlace. Panelist, IIDA. 2015. Seattle, WA. July 2015

Creating Connections to Nature for Human and Ecological Wellness through Biophilia and Art. Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meetings.  San Diego, CA. June  2015.

Human and Environmental Health in Traditional and New Healthcare Settings through Biophilic Design.                            Cleanmed, Portland, OR. May 2015.

Design Like your Life Depends on it: Biophilic Design and the Built Environment, Planetree Annual Conference on Patient Centered Healthcare, Chicago, IL. October 2014.

Biophilia and Beyond, Exploring Mindfulness in the Built Environment, Neocon, Chicago, IL. June 2014.

Biophilic Design; Nature inspired architecture and how it is the next great journey of our Times. Build It Green, Phoenix AZ. June 2012.

Sustainable Strategies in Healthcare Design, Panelist, Healthcare Design, Phoenix AZ., September 2012

A Breath of Fresh air – Strategies for achieving higher indoor air quality.  Neocon, Chicago, IL., June 2012.