Architectural Drawing
Assistant Professor


Sarah Nichols is an architectural designer and writer who is an assistant professor of architecture at Rice University.

Her scholarly work focuses on building materials, particularly concrete, and uncovers how materials are designed and the relation between conceptions of materials and their use in architecture. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation Opération Béton: Constructing Concrete in Switzerland.

Sarah is the editor of Rematerializing Construction: 22 Propositions and, together with Marc Angélil, Reform! Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Form. Her essays have been published in gta papers, San Rocco, and Grey Room.

Sarah also works independently as an architectural designer on buildings and urban-scale projects. Her recent work includes a weekend house in Germany's Black Forest, together with Nils Havelka, and a house for boat builders in Kerikeri, New Zealand.

Sarah holds a Doctor of Sciences from ETH Zurich. Her dissertation is a history of concrete that has been nominated for the ETH medal. She also holds an Advanced Master of Architecture from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


  • D.Sc., ETH Zurich
  • Adv. M.Arch., Berlage Institute
  • B.Sc.Arch., University of Michigan

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