SOFIA GULAID


b. 1995

Sofia Gulaid (she/her) is an urban designer & artist by way of refugee services and metal sculpture.



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SOFIA GULAID

b. 1995
02/24 

Sofia Gulaid (she/her) is a Kenyan-Somali and American urban designer and mixed media artist by way of refugee services and metal sculpture.

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Sofia welding 57.5 at YSOA
Photo: Isabel Benares

BIO

Sofia Gulaid (b. 1995) is a Kenyan-Somali and American urban designer and mixed media artist.

Sofia currently works as an urban designer at HERE in Los Angeles after five years of active transportation planning, design, and wayfinding in Boston and Seattle. She has previously worked in refugee services in Nairobi and Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Sofia holds a Master in City Planning and certificate in Urban Design from MIT and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale University. Her work has been featured by the City of Redmond, Where Are The Black Designers, the Data Feminism Lab, the MAD x Yale Summit, in books and academic articles, and on the streets of Roxbury, Massachusetts.


WORKING ARTIST STATEMENT

Based in Los Angeles, Sofia uses art and design to build a sense of belonging in public space. Trained in metal sculpture, cartography, and urban design, her work cuts across disciplines and scales, from pencil rod to a map of an entire city.  

Sofia is deeply inspired by her cultural background and the space around her. She learns hidden histories buried within space and shares them through art. Sofia’s art-making process consists of listening, exploring urban space, collective imagining, and following an ambitious process of material exploration rather than aiming for a specific outcome. This is important to understanding her work because she is informed by the materials she works with and the people, spaces, and stories that she interacts with wherever she is.




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