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Sonya Gimon

Visiting Assistant Professor


Sonya Gimon is a landscape designer with a focus on environmental and wildlife conservation, and community engagement. She is a landscape designer at MNLA where she works on a variety of public realm projects including parks, plazas, greenways and campuses. She is also a founding member of WIP Collaborative, a shared feminist practice of independent design professionals.

Sonya’s research interest is focused on the role of design in wildlife conservation and she has volunteered in multiple wildlife conservation initiatives. Sonya’s experience as an exhibition designer and curator plays a role in how she approaches the community engagement process. Sonya founded two non-profit projects, The Landfill Project and Val Project, aimed at elevating the public design process through creating immersive environments of exploration and composed of elements such as exhibitions, walks, youth engagement, visioning sessions and film screenings.

MS Sustainable Environmental Systems, Pratt Institute, New York.

Diploma, Strelka Institute for Architecture, Media and Design, Moscow.

Master’s in Architectural Theory, History and Analysis, All but thesis. Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid.

MA and BA in Art History, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow.