Sofia Hagen is co-founder and director at HagenHinderdael, a London-based creative practice focusing on bespoke lighting and installation design. Following her background in architecture and interiors, she pursues an approach that explores the relationship of lighting and large scale installations in immersive environments.
Prior to launching the collaborative design studio, Sofia was Design Director and Partner at Design Haus Liberty, an award-winning architecture and interiors practice based in London and Hong Kong. As Design Director, Sofia was responsible for the design development of numerous interior architecture and installation projects in the UK and Europe. She played a major role in establishing the firm’s presence in the Chinese market by overseeing a 1.5 million sq. ft. interior architecture project for a leading fashion company in Guangzhou. This subsequently led to the firm being entrusted with the retail design and rebranding of China’s largest accessories brand based in Shenzhen, with rollouts of 1200 retail units all across China.
Prior to her work for Design Haus Liberty, she gained interdisciplinary experience in architecture, interior, exhibition and graphic design at Zaha Hadid Architects, Acme Space and Make, designing commercial, cultural and residential projects in the UK, the Middle East and China. Sofia trained in architectural design under the aegis of Zaha Hadid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she graduated with an M.Arch. in 2008, followed by a traineeship as interior designer at Odile Decq Architects, Paris.
She has exhibited at the Salone del Mobile in Milan (Wallpaper Handmade 2019), the Venice Biennale (2016), the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna (From VJing to SurfaceSampling), the Arch Moscow (Controllable Complexity), and lectured at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.