Employee Bio: Sophia Elniff
Sophia Elniff graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design. Her senior thesis project about Unstructured Nature Play was awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant and received the 2013 KUCTC Innovation Award. After graduation, Sophia joined the Total Habitat team as a designer and project manager, cross-training in all aspects of the design and construction process. In 2018 and 2019, Sophia guest lectured on interactive exhibit design for the Olathe North 21st Century Academy and served as a professional mentor for the Battle of the Brains STEM exhibit design competition. Sophia is currently a Senior Designer at Total Habitat specializing in the design and construction of exhibits, visitor experiences and Natural Swimming Pool/Ponds. In 2021, she co-wrote the newest edition of the how-to ebook on natural pools, Natural Swimming Pools & Ponds: THE TOTAL GUIDE. Outside of work, Sophia plays on the Kansas City Roller Warriors roller derby team and serves as the Head of Design and Marketing for the league. She is also a singer-songwriter and mom to her infant son, Rasmus.