Sonja Carstensen

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSonja Emmy•Carstensen (-Meyer)
Used nameSonja•Carstensen
Born7 November 1898 in København (Copenhagen) (DEN)
Died29 October 1981 in Helsingør (DEN)
NOC Denmark


Sonja Carstensen, later married as Sonja Meyer, studied at the School of Architecture 1919-27. She travelled to Italy in 1920 and 1925 and several times to England since 1927. For the plans of a Copenhagen church with 500 seats she was awarded the Neuhausen Prize. At the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition the design was praised for its simplicity. Her first commercial project was a retirement home in Esbjerg in neoclassical style. She married the engineer Knud Meyer who was the director of a cooling ice factory, where Sonja had planned additional buildings. The couple divorced in 1947. Later she planned several villas including two for her children. She was the mother of well-known physicist Niels Ivan Meyer. Her project of a Large Hall for Tennis Tournaments, which was submitted for the art contests in 1924, was developed during her studies.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Art Competitions DEN Sonja Carstensen
Architecture, Open (Olympic) AC