Sarah Whiting

Dean and William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture at Rice University.

A.UD Lectures


Dean and William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture at Rice University.

6:30pm Lecture
Decafe, Perloff Hall, UCLA

Since 2010, Sarah Whiting has been the dean and William Ward Watkin Professor at the Rice University School of Architecture, which acts as a think tank of research and production while preparing graduates to think, negotiate and collaborate. Whiting is also a partner of WW Architecture, a practice that she co-founded with her partner, Ron Witte, in 1999. WW recently completed the EL House in Houston, which received a Texas Society of Architects design award. Their competition entry for the Oujda soccer stadium also received a TSA award. They are currently completing design development of the Kaihui Exchange, an environmental, agricultural and business tourism center outside Changsha, China, which is expected to break ground in early 2017.

Whiting’s interests are interdisciplinary, with the built environment at their core. She possesses an indefatigable curiosity about how individuals constitute a public and through what forms that public manifests itself in both architecture and urbanism and is then, in turn, formed. In her teaching, writing and practice, Whiting focuses on architecture’s public audience and how architecture can engage that collective subject. 

Whiting received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, organizing her studies as an independent major that combined architecture and urban studies with history and philosophy. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and after two years practicing with Rem Koolhaas in the Netherlands, she returned to school to obtain her Ph.D. in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism from MIT

Engaged Autonomy will focus on architecture whose objecthood constructs (and is constructed by) context.Architecture as an autonomous project has long been pitted against architecture as a contextual endeavor. In this lecture entitled Engaged Autonomy, Whiting will focus attention upon those two lineages and then on how they can be intertwined to great effect, using several projects from WW’s practice to explicate this strategy: Oujda stadium, Ring Masse, and the EL House, among others

UCLA A.UD Lecture Series 2017-18

This, Not That invites thought-provoking speakers to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Their arguments will be supported by presentations of their creative efforts in research, pedagogy or professional practice.  This series stages an ongoing debate around the shifting perspectives that frame creative practice.Perloff Hall is located on the UCLA Campus.

Perloff Hall, M-F, 9am – 5pm
Info: 310.267.4704
Lectures take place at 6:30pm in Perloff Hall Decafé (unless otherwise indicated)
Parking is available in Lot 3 for $12, purchase parking at the Westholme Ave and Hilgard Ave kiosk.
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