Sophy Twohig


Sophy graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and joined Hopkins Architects in 1998 and is currently a Director of Hopkins Architects Limited.


Sophy was the Project Architect for the new Refectory at Norwich Cathedral which won the RFAC Building of the Year and the Gold Award at the Wood Awards in 2004. She then led the team working on the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton for the Lawn Tennis Association, the UK’s Centre for Excellence for the sport. The project won an RIBA National Award and the BCO ‘Best of the Best’ in 2008.


In 2007 Sophy relocated to Hopkins Architect’s Dubai office for 18 months overseeing the seven LEED Gold commercial and retail buildings of the Dubai World Trade Centre project, comprising approximately 270,000 m2 of office and retail space.


Sophy returned from Dubai to resume work as the Project Director for the LEED Platinum Kroon Hall project at Yale University, Connecticut for the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The project won numerous awards including an RIBA International Award and the AJ100 Building of the year in 2010.


Sophy has worked on a number of healthcare and education projects. She was one of the Partners responsible for the design and delivery of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, a ground breaking ambulatory care centre for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The project won an RIBA National Award and the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award in 2012.


Sophy’s work in education has included a number of projects at Bryanston School in Dorset, including the Sanger Centre and Tom Wheare Music School, and the complete redevelopment of South Hampstead High School in Swiss Cottage, London.


In 2013, Sophy was part of the Hopkins team who were selected for the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA. She was one of the Partners responsible for the redevelopment of an iconic 1960’s brutalist building by Josep Luis Sert in the heart of Cambridge into a modern campus center for the university and town community. The building was completed in September 2018 and was awarded the ‘International Project Award’ at the AJ Retrofit Awards 2019.


From 2016 to 2018 Sophy worked on the new headquarters building for ITV on London’s South Bank. The redevelopment of the iconic site on the river Thames included a new office building with three television studios, rooftop restaurant and gardens, and a 31 storey residential tower. The scheme gained planning consent in early 2018.


More recent projects have included a mixed use office, residential and retail development for Derwent London and The Portman Estate on Baker Street in London’s West End, due for completion in 2025. In 2019 Sophy was part of the Hopkins team who won the MK:U International Architectural Competition for a new STEM focused university for Milton Keynes, with a campus built in the last remaining undeveloped block of the iconic central Milton Keynes grid.


Sophy has maintained a regular involvement in architectural education and is currently an external examiner for the BA Architecture Course at the University of Nottingham and has been a Professional Studies Examiner at the Bartlett School for Architecture, UCL for over 10 years. She is also a visiting critic at a number of architecture schools and is currently an RIBA National Awards Judge. She was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.