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Since she first stepped on campus, Sophie has seen local and global community engagement as a way to strengthen and expand her academically-grounded practice, embracing opportunities to serve diverse communities and populations through internships, fellowships, and volunteering. She works daily to invest her creative energies and unwavering idealism into projects both on- and off-campus that address issues of equity, inclusion, community building, and social impact.
— Rosanne Somerson, President, Rhode Island School of Design


My name is Sophie Weston Chien and I am a spatial maker, strategic thinker and community activator. I am interested in creating equitable spaces embedded in policy and infrastructure for global practice in local communities.

I am rising 5th year studying Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, with concentrations in Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies and Politics and Policy, supported as an AIA Diversity Advancement Scholar. I have experience working in federal and municipal government, nonprofits, and institutional engagement with design firms and community partners. I have interned with op.AL in Rome, Oualalou + Choi in Paris, and will be at LA-Mås in Los Angeles this summer.

Everything and everyone is connected, and I love spending my life figuring out how and why that matters, and for whom.

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