Sophie Thomas is co-director of design at the Action Research Centre at the RSA. She has been working in the fields of sustainable design, behaviour change and material process through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews for over 15 years and as Director of Design for Useful Simple Projects.
Sophie has extensive practical experience in delivering award-winning, innovative and highly sustainable communication pieces. She has worked with clients on projects from the public consultation programme for the Olympic Park Legacy Masterplan, to the wayfinding and identity for the recently completed Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Through her campaigning work she has founded a number of social enterprises that aim to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to environmental challenges through knowledge sharing and investigation.
Her long term interest in sustainability and materials led her to share her experience of closed loop thinking with other designers. In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a programme to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain which is now running through the RSA. She has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies. Sophie has also worked with major organisations and corporations on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns.