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Sarah Graham


Sarah Graham is a Founding Partner of agps architecture in Los Angeles and Zurich.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in Art History & Design, a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), and also attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

Sarah Graham has had extensive teaching experience. She has been a design critic at various schools of architecture, was Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Visiting Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, the GSD, the University of California, Berkeley, and Nanjing University.

She began her professional career as an architect in Boston in 1982. She co-founded Angélil/Graham Architecture, adding two additional partners to form Angélil/Graham/Pfenninger/Scholl (agps architecture) in 1990.

Her completed work includes an experimental house in the Hollywood Hills, lunch shelters for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Esslingen Town Center with light-rail station in Zurich, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, a horse ranch in Topanga Canyon, and the Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Graham has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2008 Design Award “Honor Award for Architecture” from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Portland Aerial Tram project, the “Next LA Award” for the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles from the AIA in 2002, and the “Next LA Award” for Herzo Base with Adidas “World of Sports” 2000 in Germany.

Her work has been published in many international journals, including Domus, Architectural Review, Global Architecture, Architectural Record, archithese, Detail, Summa+, T+A, and Houses and Architecture.

She was the Workshop Reporter to the plenum for Retained diversity: Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats at the 4th International Holcim Forum held in Mumbai (2013). She was a Lab Operator in L-Lab dedicated to large-scale projects at the 1st Next Generation Awards Lab held in New York City (2015).

She was a workshop respondent at the 6th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Cairo, April 4-6, 2019.

Sarah Graham was a member of the Awards jury for region Latin America (2008) and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for North America in 2020.

Last Updated: July 07, 2021
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