Sarah Nichols is doctoral candidate at the Institute for History & Theory of Architecture (gta) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where she works on a history of concrete in Switzerland.
She holds an Advanced Master of Architecture from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
Sarah Nichols has taught design studios and seminar courses in architecture and urban design, and works independently as an architect. She has worked on private houses in Germany's Black Forest and in New Zealand. She was a co-initiator of the temporary project space Die Weinhalde, curating quarterly in-situ artists' fellowships in a villa near Zurich.
She was a participant/organizer of the 2nd Holcim Roundtable "Re-materializing construction", held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015) and participated in the 3rd LafargeHolcim Roundtable held at the Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, Germany (2018).
As Scientific Coordinator of the LafargeHolcim Foundation Academic Committee (AC), she curated and organized four concurrent mobile workshops at the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Detroit, USA. The mobile workshops enabled participants to visit sites across the Detroit metropolitan region that intersected with the Forum's theme "Infrastructure Space" and grounded the Forum’s global discussions with examples that were experienced and discussed in situ.