Sonia Fueredi is a proud naturalized US citizen, born in Costa Rica. She immigrated with her family at the age of 15. After completing high school in Florida, Sonia earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After working for a small firm in Maryland for a couple of years, Sonia relocated to Southwest Florida and completed her internship at Lee County and Dyehouse & Geshay Architects, where she worked on a range of projects from public works to high-end residential in the Naples area.
In 1995 Sonia earned her Master of Architecture degree at the University of South Florida after writing
and presenting her thesis: “A New International Airport for Costa Rica”. Her thesis explored the impact
of space and behavior on travelers, and the importance of the vernacular in airport architecture and
interior design. She researched the issues that make an airport successful; the flow of people, goods
and information at the building level, as well as the aircraft and other vehicles at the site level. She sought to create a transportation hub to streamline transit from rail, car, ships and planes into a very busy tourist and business destination. In her thesis Sonia was concerned with celebrating people and place versus machine, and setting a calming stage for nervous travelers.
After marrying fellow architect John Fueredi, Sonia relocated to the Atlanta area. In 1996 Sonia started work in the Club Safety & Design department of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a federation of youth-service clubs over 3,000 strong in the US and overseas. For the next 11 years she researched youth environments, wrote, lectured, and designed spaces which optimize children’s and youth experiences at these youth centers. Twice she traveled to Germany to teach on US military bases about optimizing spaces for youth and she co-wrote award winning website “Kidbuilding.org”, a resource for Clubs planning to build or renovate and to act as a design conversation starter. She visited sites in over 35 States including Puerto Rico and across the border in Mexico.
As part of her research, Sonia was invited to travel to Cornell University to critique several projects in the Interior Design/Human Ecology disciplines. This collaboration informed BGCA’s design approach in
significant ways. The Club Safety & Design department became the go-to place for design prototypes,
critiques, furniture selection and finishes recommendations. The small staff handled over 1,000 requests per year for information and feedback ranging from pre-printed information to in-depth conversations about proposed designs and site visits.
Other unique opportunities were the design of Club prototypes for the Navajo Nation, which reflected
their rich culture and traditions. This project was a collaboration with Dr. Serrato and was very well-
received. Sonia also directed and co-wrote resources for the Department of Defense’s Morale Welfare
& Recreation group: A CD-based training called “Kidspaces” and a Learning Center Resource
“MyLearningCenter.org” for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
While at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Sonia was also charged with design and oversight of Interior Design, selection and procurement of FF&E for all corporate offices in five US regions.
In 2007 Sonia worked on several projects with different firms: the COSI (Center of Science & Industry) Children’s Museum Food Court in Columbus, Ohio, hospitality projects for Marriott, corporate offices and residential projects. In the Fall of 2008 she started teaching at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in the Atlanta campus as Adjunct Professor. She taught undergraduate and graduate CAD classes and a design studio there until 2012. In the Spring of 2011 Sonia joined the Interior Design faculty at Brenau University.
Sonia leads Sonia Fueredi Design, LLC, a firm currently engaged in renovating several Boys & Girls Clubs sites in the Atlanta area. She was recently asked to critique a new site planned for Mexico and she also continues to work on small residential projects, which she considers precious because they are havens to her clients. All of her work has at its core the best interest of the user and she strives to deliver projects that respond to program and exceed her clients’ vision.
Sonia and John have three children, one dog and live in the Decatur area. In her spare time, she enjoys
reading, crocheting, and cooking for family and friends.
Renovation of Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club, Atlanta, GA
Corporate Offices for RTD Construction, Zephyrhills, GA
Renovation of Teen Center at Warren Boys & Girls Club, Atlanta, GA
Lakeside Mall Food Court Renovation, New Orleans, LA
Decatur Marriott Hotel, Decatur, GA
Brasfield & Gorrie, Atlanta Regional Offices, Kennesaw, GA Interior Renovations (unbuilt)
COSI Museum, Columbus, OH
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Headquarters, Atlanta, GA (Client Representative,
Interior Design Consultant)
Club de Niños Y Niñas de Mexico, Tijuana, Mexico
Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club, Kosciusko, MS, Interior Design
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, MS, Post-Katrina reconstruction projects
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, Pass Christian, MS, design for winning grant proposal
Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, NY, Revitalization/adaptive reuse project for national
spokesman Denzel Washington
Prototype Clubs for the Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation, USA; Design, Production, Writing &
Publication incorporating the BGCA philosophy and the Navajo (Diné) culture to serve Navajo
children and youth.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Northeast Regional Service Center, New York, NY. Tenant fit-out,
Programming, Space Planning, Interior Design, FF&E
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Midwest Regional Service Center, Schaumburg, IL. Programming,
Space Planning, Client Rep, Interior Design, FF&E
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Government Relations Office, Washington, DC, Interior
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Southwest Regional Service Center, Plano, TX, Interior
Renovations, FF& E
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Pacific Regional Service Center, Long Beach, CA, Interior
Awards & Publications
Juror, USGBC’s Emerging Green Builders’ Natural Talent Design Competition 2005
2003 Webby for www.kidbuilding.org in collaboration with The Media Kitchen
Co-author (With Les Nichols, VP Safety & Risk Management, Boys & Girls Clubs of America) articles for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s CONNECTIONS Magazine (circulation 50,000) on Design & Planning including:
Primary (and Secondary) Colors
The Building Game
The Illustrated Guide to Clubhouse Room Standards
Guide to Technology Lab Design