Sarah's work explores ways of circumventing existing, ineffective modes of information distribution and cultural production through fringe research and the creation of temporary discursive spaces, and includes her directorship of MOOCH Series, exhibitions in Tokyo, London, and Chicago, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She holds a B.Arch from Liverpool John Moores University, an M.Arch from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has taught at Texas Tech University, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of East Lubbock Art House (ELAH), a 501(c)(3) organization that supports underrepresented artists and communities in Lubbock, Texas.
At UWM, she is coordinating an undergraduate design-build studio, during the course of which students survey Milwaukee from the outside to establish new dialogic practices, based on propinquity and empathy, and construct a number of publicly-accessible structures for the city’s outermost edge in cooperation with the people who will use them. Students sleuth and mooch information about the region from sources ranging from local gossips to historical societies. They study the intricacies of marshaling permissions from municipal bodies and soliciting donations from prestigious institutions to realize their community-centered interventions by any means necessary and broaden the audiences for architectural ideas in the process.
Her 'Wisconsin Wasteland' seminar positions landscapes labeled as “Other” within the discipline of architecture as the final terrestrial frontiers, and requires students to first comprehend how these function - environmentally, ecologically, and socially - and then design mechanisms to augment the human body so that it can subsist in those places without causing any measurable damage to either.
B.Arch, Liverpool John Moores University
M.Arch, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Arch 310: Walk the Line
Arch 533: Wisconsin Wasteland