Sarah Whiting is Dean of the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University based in Cambridge, MA, USA.
As a teacher, writer, and designer, her work revolves around architecture’s catalytic relationship to politics, economics, and society, focusing especially on the modern subject and the way that this subject affects and is affected by architecture and the city. She is particularly interested in the nature of public life as it is being reformulated in the buildings and urbanisms of the twenty-first century.
She was previously William Ward Watkin Professor and Dean of Architecture at Rice University, based in Houston, USA and has taught at Princeton University, GSD Harvard, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Kentucky, and University of Florida.
Sarah Whiting and Ron Witte are partners of the architectural practice WW Architecture, which is completing the Levanda Escobar House in Houston, and the design of a business center outside Changsha, China. WW has won or been finalists in numerous design competitions, including the San Jose State University Museum of Art & Design and the Arts & Athletics Building for St Francis High School in Louisville, KY, as well as urban design competitions for the Toronto Central Waterfront and the San Diego Harbor.
Her previous experience includes working for Peter Eisenman and also the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Rem Koolhaas, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands where she was a designer on the Euralille master plan. She has also worked with Peter Eisenman in New York and Michael Graves in Princeton, NJ.
Sarah Whiting holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a PhD in architectural history, theory and criticism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Her research on urban and architectural theory has been widely published in journals and anthologies; in addition to the book, Beyond Surface Appeal: Literalism, Sensibilities, and Constituencies in the Work of James Carpenter (Harvard GSD, 2012) and Superblock Urbanism: Chicago's Elastic Grid (Taylor & Francis, 2015).
She was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for region North America in 2014.