Sarah Manning is a founding director of Spaceagency. Her education comprises a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a BA in International Comparative Studies.
Under her tenure the practice has gained recognition as a leader in the field of wayfinding and environmental graphic design. Her professional experience comprises a wide range of international commissions which integrate information design, architecture and urbanism. Before founding Spaceagency in 2008, she held the position of Associate Director for the strategic design consultancy Space Syntax, where she led a team of designers focusing on pedestrian strategies and public realm interventions with sites ranging from London to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Previous to her masters degree she worked as an Art Director at a 3D media company in New York City; in exhibit design at the United Nations Headquarters on travelling exhibitions promoting the mission of the United Nations, and in new media design in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sarah’s international focus led her to become a founding Trustee of the charity Architecture for Humanity UK. Within Architecture for Humanity she jointly established a humanitarian lecture series aimed at publicizing architects’ and designers’ efforts to use their ingenuity to promote humanitarian relief and development.
In addition to her teaching position as a unit leader in the Master of Urban Design at Cardiff University, she has been a Unit Leader in the Master of Urban Design degree programme at the Bartlett/University College London; she has taught studio courses at University of East London and IstitutoMarangoni and lectured at the University of California at Berkeley, the Architectural Association, University of East London and Syracuse University School of Architecture. She has been invited as an international keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Architects annual conference Edge 2018, as a speaker at XIV Quito Architectural Bienal in Ecuador, the Politics of Space Symposium at the University of Brighton, London Biennale events, Clerkenwell Design Week and the RIBA’s young architects group, People in Space. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture. In 2017 Sarah was invited as a judge for the D&AD design awards Experiential and New Blood categories and was also a finalist in 2017's HSBC Women in Business Awards, Forward Ladies. Sarah’s work has been exhibited and published in numerous books and magazines, including the Architect’s Journal and as part of the Space Syntax 6th International Symposium in Istanbul. Her London Pedestrian Routemap design has been exhibited at the New London Architecture “Public City” Exhibition, and published in Timeout London and GQ Style magazine’s “Blueprint for London” edition.