Sonja Vangjeli is a landscape architect and planning and design project manager at Waterfront Toronto. Interested in the potential of streets, parks, and the public realm as vital green infrastructure that contribute to Toronto’s greater landscape structure, she works on urban design strategies that balance development priorities with site identity, heritage conservation, and ecological performance. Her work on urban park systems has been published in From the South: Global Perspectives on Landscape and Territory (2019) and Studies in History and Theory of Architecture (2018).
Sonja holds an MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and an MArch from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She has been recognized with several awards, including the AIA Henry Adams Medal for Outstanding Master of Architecture Thesis and the ARCC King Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Research. She has been a researcher with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard GSD, and has taught at the Daniels Faculty and the Waterloo School of Architecture. Her professional experience includes urban design and landscape planning work in Canada and abroad, at interdisciplinary design firms such as West 8 and Sasaki, focusing on public realm.