A lecture by architect Sara Shafiei, discussing the relationship of new architectural interventions in order to produce a contemporary style rich in textures, patterns and layers. Includes a presentation of her work that harnesses the use of modern technology and her interest in excess baroque ornamentation to create an ornamental theatre influenced by magic and illusion.
VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha
This lecture is open to the public and no reservations are required.
Sara Shafiei is an architect, lecturer, and author. She graduated from the Bartlett school of Architecture (UCL) with distinction. She was the recipient of the Sir Banister Fletcher Bronze Medal, 3D REID prize, and the Hamilton Associates prize for excellence in design process.
Sara’s work delves into the relationship of new architectural interventions in order to produce a contemporary style rich in textures, patterns and layers. She has been able to travel to research these interests further in 2008, through receiving the KPF/ Architecture Foundation Public Space Travel Award.
In 2008 she received TECU Architecture Award for her innovative use of copper cladding for her project entitled ‘Theatre for Magicians’. Here her interests in excess baroque ornamentation translated into a project that harnessed the use of modern technology to create an ornamental theatre influenced by magic and illusion.
Her work has been exhibited internationally including exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art Summer show 2008, 2009 and 2010, where she was awarded the Royal Academy of Arts drawing prize, The Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York and 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Shafiei has also been published in Bartlett Design: Speculating with Architecture, Slash: Paper Under the Knife, AD-Protoarchitecture, Wallpaper Magazine, London Interiors Magazine, Icon Magazine, BD and The Architects Journal. In 2009 she co-authored “Digital Architecture: Passages Through Hinterlands”- a book celebrating provocative projects from a young generation of digitally enabled designers.
In 2007 Sara co-founded saraben-studio with Ben Cowd. The studio are also members of Horhizon, a network of young designers who collaborate on design projects and academic workshops across Europe.
Sara is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at The Leicester School of Architecture and visiting lecturer at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture - Paris. She is a visiting critic at The Architecture Association (AA), Bartlett School of Architecture, Westminster University, Oxford Brookes, London South Bank University, Cardiff University and has run workshops at the AA, and Brighton University.