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Sarah Hirschman, AIA

  • LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow, Architecture Section
286 Knowlton Hall

Sarah Hirschman is the 2017-2018 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Knowlton School, engaging in a year-long research project investigating what architecture can learn from jokes and other non-standard modes of meaning-making. 

Hirschman is a researcher and architect licensed in California, formerly with the San Francisco practice Rapt Studio, where she served as Project Architect on commercial mixed-use building developments. She was previously the founding director of the Keller Gallery at MIT Architecture and the Director of Publications and Exhibitions there. Hirschman curated the exhibition Objects by Architects (2012) and co-curated the research exhibitions Un/Fair Use, (2016) Fair Use, (2014) and Project_Rorschach (2014) with Ana Miljacki. 

Hirschman holds an MArch from MIT, as well as an MA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. She is the 2014 winner of the Lawrence B. Anderson Award and a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal and the Marjorie Pierce Fellowship from MIT's Department of Architecture. Her work has been published in Future Anterior, Clog, Thresholds, Architect Magazine, Wired, and Mark. Hirschman has taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College, MIT and UC Berkeley.

Recent Work

Un/Fair Use

Un/Fair Use is an exhibition of research and proposals related to copying and copyright in architecture cocurated and designed by Sarah Hirschman and Ana Miljacki. It was shown at the Center for Architecture in New York and UC Berkeley’s Wurster Gallery. Architecture law is rarely interrogated as a cultural artifact, as a trace of how architecture discourse enters and is digested in public thought. This exhibition is invested in an idea of the law as participant in the construction of the public’s architectural imagination. The exhibition consists of 50 models, five video interviews, eight beanbag forms based on the models, and a broadsheet.