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Sarah Whiting


Sarah M Whiting is Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University based in Cambridge, MA, USA.

She was previously William Ward Watkin Professor and Dean of Architecture at Rice University (2010-19), based in Houston, USA and has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Florida in addition to Rice and Harvard GSD. She lectures throughout the USA and abroad. She serves as a critic of architecture and urban design.

She is Design Principal and Co-Founder of WW Architecture. Prior to founding WW Architecture, she worked with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Peter Eisenman in New York; and Michael Graves in Princeton, NJ.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2020-22 cycle. The awards are given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

Sarah Whiting received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Doctor of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Her research is interdisciplinary with the build environment at its core. An expert in architectural theory and urbanism, she has particular interests in architecture’s relationship with politics, economics, and society, and how the built environment shapes the nature of public life. Her work has been published in leading journals and collections, and she is the Founding Editor of Point: Essays in Architecture (Princeton UP, 2011-), a book series aimed at shaping contemporary discussions in architecture and urbanism.

Her writings have been published in journals ranging from ANY to Wired, as well as in collections including Shaping the City:Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design (Routledge, 2013); Mies in America (Abrams, 2001), Six Authors in Search of an Architect, and Eileen Gray: An Architecture for all Senses. She edited Differences: Topographies of Contemporary Architecture (MIT, 1997), a collection of essays by Ignasi de Solà-Morales and also served as reviews editor for the journal Assemblage (1996-2001). She serves on the editorial boards of the journals LOG, The Plan, and Thresholds.

She was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for North America (2014 & 2020).

Last Updated: March 26, 2021
Cambridge, MA, USA
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