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 holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in International Comparative Studies.
Before founding Spaceagency in 2008 she was an Associate Director for the international 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 current 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 to speak at the XIV Quito Architectural Bienal in Ecuador, the Politics of Space Symposium at the University of Brighton, London Biennale events and the RIBA’s young architects group, People in Space. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Sarah’s work has been exhibited and published in 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.