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Sofia Anja Singler

Sofia Anja Singler

MA (Cantab), MArch

Research Assistant

Director of Studies in Architecture, Girton College


Sofia Singler (MA Cantab, MArch) is a Gates Cambridge Scholar from Jyväskylä, Finland, currently based at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in the history and theory of modern architecture, with particular focus on ecclesiastical architecture, Nordic modernism and Alvar Aalto.

Singler’s work on Aalto’s unrealised funerary chapels and cemeteries was exhibited at the Alvar Aalto Museum in 2015. Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr Maximilian Sternberg, looks at Aalto’s Church of the Three Crosses in Vuoksenniska, Finland (1955–58). Her scholarship seeks to enrich our understanding of the relationship between religion and modern architecture, and revise misleadingly uncomplicated assumptions concerning their mutual exclusivity.

After undergraduate studies at Cambridge, she was awarded the Edward P. Bass Scholarship in Architecture for a professionally accredited postgraduate degree at Yale University, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholarship for a PhD in Architecture back at Cambridge. In addition to research and design praxis, Singler teaches architectural history and theory to undergraduates in the Architecture Tripos. She began her own architecture studies at the Jyväskylä School for Visual Arts and Architecture.

Alongside architectural research, Singler maintains an active voice in literary scholarship in Finland. She specialises in architectural metaphors in modernist free-verse poetry. She has authored book chapters on the poetry of Eeva-Liisa Manner (Acta Semiotica Fennica, 2018) and Lassi Nummi (Athanor, 2016; Hai, 2012), as well as a research project on Saila Susiluoto and Mirkka Rekola (Academy of Finland, 2010).

Research Interests

20th Century Architectural History and Theory
Ecclesiastical Architecture
Alvar Aalto