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Sofia Castelo

Sofia Castelo (Lisbon, 1972) is a senior programme manager for Think City, co-leading the Resilience community of practice. She holds a degree in Landscape Architecture (Lisbon University) and postgraduate degrees in Project Management (Liverpool University) and in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies (Lisbon University). Sofia has 20 years of experience in designing and managing landscape and urban design projects in Europe, China, the USA, Australia and Malaysia. She has developed projects such as the Lisbon riverfront projects in Portugal, the One Nine Elms in London, the Green infrastructure project for Kekedala city in China, and the Jewel project in the Gold Coast, Australia. Besides landscape architecture and climate adaptation, Sofia’s two other areas of interest are the arts and women’s empowerment. Her work in arts includes Kiosk, an installation presented in the London Festival of Architecture 2008, the Less travelled path, a project shortlisted for the London Olympics 2012 and Middle Passage, which won the third prize in the International Competition for the United Nations Slavery Memorial in New York City. As the co-founder of the NGO Mulheres na Arquitectura (MA) she has contributed to the empowerment of women in the public space and in the architecture profession. Several of her projects have been awarded by prestigious organisations, such as different Landscape Institutes, the UNESCO and the United Nations. Sofia is currently responsible for designing and managing the nature-based climate adaptation programme for the urban areas of Penang island, which has recently won the Climathon Global Cities Award, given by Climate-KIC in Paris. Think City is a social purpose organisation dedicated to making cities people-friendly and resilient by being a catalyst for change in the way cities are planned, curated, developed and celebrated. As a regional citymaking agency, Think City provides urban policy thinking, management and implementation of urban solutions in Southeast Asia and beyond.  Established in 2009 to spearhead urban regeneration in George Town, their impact and successes have led to expansion into Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor Bahru. Adopting a community-first, evidence-based approach, Think City focuses on four main communities of practice: Placemaking, Resilience, Analytics and Conservation.