Sarah Lorenzen, AIA

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Sarah Lorenzen is a registered architect at Peter Tolkin Architecture and is a tenured architecture Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Since 2007 she has also served as director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Los Angeles, where she develops cultural and artistic programs and has overseen the restoration of the site.

Sarah has significant experience overseeing the production of art and architectural installations and exhibitions, and designing institutional and R&D projects. Prior to joining Peter Tolkin Architecture, Sarah was a principal at Plasmatic Concepts, and she worked as a project architect at MBT Architecture in San Francisco, and as a designer at Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture, Stanley Beaman & Sears Architecture, and at the Farrington Design Group in Atlanta, GA. She has taught architecture at Cal Poly Pomona for the last twelve years and she served as chair of the department from 2013-2017.

In addition to practicing and teaching Sarah regularly writes and lectures on issues related to architecture and urbanism. She has received multiple design awards and grants including several Graham Foundation grants, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a six-week travel fellowship to China. She has been invited to participate on design juries for the AIA, the LA Chamber of Commerce, SCI-Arc, Syracuse University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, UCLA, USC, Woodbury and ELAC. In 2015 Sarah received the Presidential “Educator of the Year” award from AIA LA.

Sarah grew up in Mexico City and moved to the United States. to attend college. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA in Drawing, 1992), and received a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (1997) and a second Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design from SCI-Arc (2004). In 2011 Sarah spent a year-long sabbatical conducting urban research at TU Delft in the Netherlands.