Originally from Amsterdam, Sonia is currently working as a designer and researcher in London, doing co-design projects for social impact. She works as a Senior Service Designer and Project lead for Innovation Unit, while also doing freelance projects. Sonia graduated with distinction from the MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, with a project about a personal and holistic approach to health care. Her work is aimed to look for new ways that will help people take control of their life and health. People’s personal narratives are the main influence of her work.


work experience


Walworth Triangle learning partnership
Role: Ethnographic research, idea generation, co-design
Ongoing project for Guy’s & St. Thomas’ charity. In collaboration with Southwark CCG and Pembroke House settlement. We are exploring how to best engage and empower people with multiple long-term conditions and improve support in their communities.

Healthy High Streets (Innovation Unit, Healthy London Partnership)
Role: Design research, co-design
Engaging the private sector in addressing local childhood obesity. We are running Healthy High Streets, a challenge prize with businesses on three local high streets to test, create and prototype healthier food environments. Funded by Guy’s & St. Thomas’ charity.

Better Endings (Innovation Unit)
Role: Research and design lead
A year long innovation programme funded by Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity. We bring together end of life care experts with members of the community to mobilise a new vision for end of life care in Southwark and Lambeth.

Senior Service Designer at Innovation Unit, London, UK


May - June

Migration Museum, UK
Exhibition design and spatial storytelling for the exhibition 'Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond'.


Trainee Service Designer at Innovation Unit
A 9 month long traineeship at a nonprofit organisation with a user-centered and co-design approach. They do projects around social innovation in the sectors health & social care, education and local public services.

February - March

Freelance designer for the Salvation Army, UK
Part of a Central Saint Martins Graduate Consultancy Project.

Freelancer for Philips Design, People Research


DigitasLBi, a global marketing and technology agency that transforms businesses for the digital age.
A project in U.S.A for 3 months. Funded by a pharmaceutical company.
Developing a health community initiative.

Mersey Care NHS Mental Health organization, Liverpool, UK
Developing future models of care for depression.

The Cabinet Office, UK
Research on how to engage people in investing in social businesses.

The Design Council, UK
Part of a service design team participating in the Knee-high Challenge. 2nd round.


Internship Vital Arts, London, UK
A research project at the dialysis ward at the Royal London Hospital.

Internship Touchstone Collaborations, UK
The developing of a contemplation space in the new Guy's Cancer Centre.
In collaboration with Future City.

July - September

Grange Hotels, UK
Freelance product designer

March - April

Workshop 'Placemaking' in Shanghai, China at TongJi university for 3 weeks.
A collaboration between CSM and TongJi students to create new narratives for spaces around the university.


Publishing book 'Inside of me'
BA final project book, available in different medical institutes around the Netherlands.

Visuele notulen (visual comments) for Cre-Aid

CRISP Platform, NL
Creative industry scientific program.
Assisting on a research project for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.


Internship at Atelier Sophie Krier, Rotterdam, NL for 4 months.

Internship at MU art space in Eindhoven, NL for 4 months.
Curator of MU&more nights. Evening events based around the theme of the current exhibition.

Freelance curator & photographer at MU art space

diplomas and studies

September 2012 - July 2014

MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK
Graduated with distinction.

2006 - 2011

BA Industrial Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
Graduated from the department Man & Well-being.


Fotogram, Photography Academy Amsterdam, NL
Advanced photography course of three months.


Academia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy
Studying the bachelor year at the art academy in Bologna. Following the courses painting, life drawing, art history and photography.


Het Baarnsch Lyceum, Baarn, NL
High school
level VWO (highest level)




Innovation for Health conference, Rotterdam, NL
Exhibiting 'Health Chronicles', as part of the Design Expo

April - August 2016

'Prescriptions', The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, UK
Showing my book 'Inside of me' as part of the exhibition about book art as medicine, supplementing the American book artist Martha Hall’s work, as part of the Artists’ Books and Medical Humanities Symposium organised by the Universities of Kent (UK) and New England (USA).

June 2014

'Degree Show Central Saint Martins' London, UK
Presenting the graduation project 'Health Chronicles'

April 2013

'Linking Process', Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
Exhibition of graduation work of Design Academy Eindhoven.

February - April 2013

Exhibition 'Jong talent 11' at gallery 'Help U Zelven', Winterswijk, NL
Showing book and a collection of prints from the project 'Inside of me'


'Graduation Show' at Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
Showing graduation project 'Inside of me'.

'Wild-C' at Sectie-C, Eindhoven, NL
Showing graduation project film 'HERE' during the Dutch Design Week.

Solo exhibition 'Inside of me', Catharina hospital, Eindhoven, NL
Showing a collection of drawings from the book 'Inside of me' at the oncology wing of the hospital.

'Design Cares' exhibition at Helsinki Design Week, Helsinki, Finland
Showing drawings and book of the project 'Inside of me'.


'Contexthing' exhibition at Yksi design shop, Eindhoven, NL
Showing the documentary film 'HERE'.

online publications

Design Academy Eindhoven, Man & Wellbeing landscape: Sonia Kneepkens, Experience designer

The Salvation Army: Recycling; Clothing banks

Design Week: The Salvation Army clothing bank redesign, by Central St Martins College graduates (June 2, 2015)

Better Endings - why we need communities to care at the end of our lives (May 27, 2015)

Bemerton: Goodbye Mariana and Sonia! (July 25, 2014)

Transformational Media Initiative: Sonia Kneepkens - Health Chronicles (20 July 2014)

Future City: Guy's cancer centre

Bemerton: Mariana and Sonia (Dec 20, 2013)

That's more like it: Bavaria Coaster Art, Sonia Kneepkens Design Academy Eindhoven #DDW12 (Oct, 24 2012)

Eindhovens Dagblad: Kanker in woord en beeld (Oct 17, 2012) Open dag Catharina Oncologiecentrum succes (6 Oct 2012)


R. Hoogendijk and W. Wolters (2013) Voorbij de Kalverliefde, 10 E-health geheimen ontrafeld: Sonia Kneepkens, Het zit in mij, pp.59-61.

B, het blad van borstkankervereniging Nederland (nr 6 midwinter 2012) Sonia Kneepkens, Het zit in mij, pp.23.

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Catalogue 2012: Sonia Kneepkens, Inside of me.

S. Kneepkens (2012) Het zit in mij, Inside of me. Eindhoven.