Sonila Kadillari was born in Albania and moved to England in 2000. In 2009 she completed her BSc in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and in 2013 she received her MArch in Architecture with a Distinction. Her thesis project “PEMY-The new Mars Yard” was awarded the ‘Dean’s list for excellence in design” and “The MaxFordham Environmental Design Prize” for its innovative and insightful research into technological environmental solutions.
Sonila’s architectural interest was born from her passion for art. After completing her A-levels Sonila open her own solo art exhibition at the Duston School, she was invited by the Northampton Museum to exhibit her work there. Since then she has been fascinated with the synthesis that can be derived from art and architecture and has used her architecture education and personal competitions to peruse her interests.
After receiving her BSc in Architecture, Sonila has worked for a variety of award winning practices in and outside the UK including Alsop Architects, Alsop Sparch and CoopHimmelblau. During her time at Alsop Sonila worked on Finch West Train Station, Brighton Media Centre and the competition for the New Albanian Parliament. At CoopHimmelblau she was involved in the competition for the new Tokyo Stadium.
Sonila’s architectural interests go beyond the built environment to include art, design, science and the potential of the relationship of these fields. She attempts to look at architecture from a different perspective, using science as the backbone to architectural language and form where architecture can become an instrumental object and works as such.