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B.Arch (Hons) University of Victoria, Wellington
Sonia has a varied range of experience from her Architectural and project management roles in Christchurch and Melbourne on residential, education, retail, performing arts and aviation projects at Christchurch and Melbourne International Airports.
Relationship & People Management
When representing a client, Sonia recognises that each client has a set of unique project objectives and she enjoys working with the client to achieve these.
Sonia naturally builds rapport and gains respect through her commitment, loyalty and enthusium for each project she undertakes. This enthusium and interest in achieving the best project outcomes are evident from the early stages of project brief development to project completion.
Her experience in the design development phases, creating successful consultant and contractor teams and building strong partnerships between parties, has grown with Sonia's career progression. Her warm, genuine approach inspires others to work together, while she guides the project through each stage of development.
In Previous Lives
Prior to joining The Project Office, Sonia spent five years as a specialist Project Management consultant, spending three years before this in Architecture. Preceeding this, Sonia gained 10 years experience in Retail Operations and Store management.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) Retail Precinct
Sonia has recently completed her Project Manager role at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) where she project managed the Christchurch City Retail Precinct.
During her time at CERA, Sonia worked with the ReStart the Heart Trust to relocate the ReStart Mall to make way for permanent development. She also managed the project team to deliver The Christchurch Retail Precinct Plan - a visionary plan of how the Retail Precinct could potentially develop. As a predominately privately owned precinct, she represented CERA as a facilitator between landowners, key stakeholders and other central city precincts to coordinate and develop strategies to assist with recovery of this precinct.
Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, Performing Arts, Music and Drama School
Sonia worked with Presbyterian Ladies College as Project Manager, managing a specialist consultant team to develop a concept design brief for a new 500 seat Performing Arts Auditorium, Music and Drama School. Following brief development, a selection of Architects were invited to present concept designs for consideration, with appointment of the successful Architect. Sonia returned to Christchurch at completion of this project phase.
Melbourne International Airport
Sonia has worked with Melbourne International Airport as a Project Manager since 2011 to deliver upgrades to Melbourne Airports International terminal.
Sonia assisted with appointment and management of a project team consisting of consultants, client and key stakeholders to develop masterplanning options for the future upgrade and expansion of the International Terminal to cater for increasing passenger and airline demands.
During her time in this role, Sonia also project managed an upgrade to the International Arrivals Customs area, and assisted with office relocations and upgrades to check-in facilities.
Why I Love What I Do
"I love contributing to the built environment and have always had a keen interest in Architecture. I enjoy working with clients and consultant teams to develop projects that are unique, cost effective and sustainable. Buildings should enhance peoples lives and be enjoyable to visit, live or work in on an everyday basis. A good building will contribute to the fabric of it's city in a positive way."